I try to provide my children with a little variety in their lunchboxes so as they’re not eating sandwiches every day. Don’t misunderstand me, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with sandwiches, and there are many weeks where they have some sort of sandwich all five days, but I have one boy who won’t veer beyond jam between his slices of bread so I do like to change it up and test his taste buds on something other than jam!
I’ve shown you our lunchboxes in a previous post, they haven’t changed much, though there is even less meat as it’s something we no longer have every week.
I still make puff pastry parcels from time to time, these are always popular, in particular with my teen. However a couple of weeks ago I tried out pizza puffs. They were a huge hit and so easy to make. The jam lover was delighted, he loves pizza.
It’s a bit cheeky really, calling this a recipe, it is much more of an assembly job and you use what you like, what you know your kids will eat. All the toppings I list were what I used in these ones and all optional.
There is such a variety of ingredients you could add; rocket, spinach, various cheeses, pancetta, pepperoni, ham, pineapple, mushroom, tomatoes. You get the idea.
One packet of puff pastry
A base sauce (I used tomato puree on these ones, you could use homemade sauce, your favourite chutney or relish)
Spring onion, chopped
Red pepper, finely chopped
Broccoli floret, chopped
- Preheat oven to 180 F/200 C. Line a baking tray with parchment (just use the parchment from the puff pastry packet).
- Spread the sauce over the puff pastry. Add the cheese followed by whatever other toppings you are using.
- Then, with the longest edge in front of you, roll the pastry away from you, forming a swiss roll shape.
- Cut in half and in half again, leaving you with eight pastries.
- Lay them, cut edges up, on the baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack.
These are also perfect for picnics, snacks, light lunch at home with a nice little side salad. There are no rules attached to enjoying tasty bites!
Let me know if you make them, what you added, how they were received. I’d love to hear from you.