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Cheese, tomato & olive pastries - recipe

Updated on June 24, 2015
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Delicious cheese, tomato & olive pastries - meat free recipe

These scrumptious pastries are so delicious and use some of our very favorite ingredients. They also use one of my favorite convenience food shortcuts - ready made crescent dough.

They are light and flaky; almost like individual pies or pasties. They are very easy to make and look as great as they taste.

They can be made quickly too - preparation time is just a few minutes - no initial cooking - and then these Danish pastry lookalikes bake in the oven for about twelve minutes. So quick and easy!

Only once did we manage to have a few of these cold - we usually gobble them up as soon as they're ready - and they are just as tasty. This makes them ideal for parties where you have to cook ahead. They're also lovely served as an appetizer before the main meal.

As vegetarians, we have these for dinner - four each, this recipe makes eight individual pinwheels. This means that they are very economical too - another fact I always appreciate. The ready made dough keeps for several weeks in the fridge and the other ingredients are items that I usually keep in stock. So I can rustle up a batch of these if we have unexpected guests or if I need to make dinner in a hurry.

Ingredients - many from the store cuboard

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The ingredients you see above make about eight pinwheel pastries. As you can see, the only fresh ingredients are the tomato and a sprig of fresh basil. I'm so glad that I have basil growing because it gives a freshness and delicious flavor to so many of my 'from the cupboard' recipes.

  • 1 tube ready-to bake crescent dough
  • 1 tomato
  • A handful of black olives - these are from a jar
  • 3oz. cheese. You can use more; I keep the calorie count down but more makes these even more yummy
  • 1 heaped teaspoon mustard. We like the grainy versions
  • Freshly-ground black pepper

Prepare the tomato, olives & cheese

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HEAT THE OVEN

Preheat to 350°.

THE VEGETABLES

Simply chop the tomatoes and olives together on a chopping board. Sprinkle with black pepper (we like lots) and mix them together with the knife. There's no need to use a bowl - just mix them together right there on the board. (I like recipes that make doing the dishes simpler).

CHEESE

All you need to do with the cheese is shred it using a medium grater.

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Prepare the dough

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CRESCENT DOUGH

Flour a board and form the dough into a rectangle. There's no need to use a rolling pin - I do this with the heel of my hand (avoiding clean up again). The board I use is about 13x6 but you can have the dough a little thinner if you wish. There's no need to worry about it being a perfect rectangle.

Add the mustard to the dough base

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Add the basil leaves

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Add tomatoes, olives & pepper mixture

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Add the cheese

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Roll it up

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ROLL

Take one of the shorter ends of the rectangle and roll the dough into a fat sausage shape. Do this slowly so that the filling remains in place. A few pieces of tomato might fall out - just put them back in.

Cut into slices

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SLICE THE 'SAUSAGE'

Cut the 'sausage' into eight slices. I use a bread knife to do this. Leaving each slice on the board, use your hand to rotate the slices at the edges - this forms them into circles. Place these circles onto a baking tin or cookie sheet - there's no need to grease or flour it - and put in the oven for about twelve minutes or until the pastry is golden and the cheese is bubbling.

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Serve!

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Further reading

Stuck for vegetarian recipe ideas? I especially like recipes that are quick - we all seem to be in such a hurry these days and don't have leisurely hours to simmer this and sauté that. Here are some great ideas for making meat-free meals - fast.

Photography credits

All images © BritFlorida.

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      These look great!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @electrolion: They're very good!

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      electrolion 4 years ago

      I'm always on the lookout for a good, new recipe. This sounds delicious.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ConvenientCalendar: Thank you!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Now I am hungry! Great lens!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @pericaluic: Thank you - do try it, these are very delicious!

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      pericaluic 4 years ago

      I love it!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Elyn MacInnis: Thank you! I want to grow more of our food too.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      This sounds yummy, and growing my own greens is something I want to do - you have some good options here. Thanks!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      This sounds yummy, and growing my own greens is something I want to do - you have some good options here. Thanks!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @mrdata: Thank you - I like easy :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea to have this roll. It looks like something I can try with my limited culinary skills.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      It looks delicious! Big thanks for your easy recipe!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lesliesinclair: They are. They're lovely to serve at a dinner party, especially as an appetizer with a few lovely salad leaves. And they're good cold too, for a buffet party. The great thing is that they look as though they're complicated to make but they're SO easy :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Ohh, they do look so good, quick and easy, and showy.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @AcornOakForest: If I can do it, it's easy :) Enjoy!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      It looks so easy and delicious! I can't wait to try these!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Marja79: Nice! I think that the wonderful thing about this type of recipe - it's so adaptable.

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      Marja79 4 years ago

      I make this kind of pastries with smoked salmon or spiced salmon.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Vikk Simmons: I'm in exactly the same situation :) Thanks for visiting!

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Never good to read pages like this when I haven't had my breakfast yet. Looks delicious and now I'm hungry.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @RaksTheBlogger: I'm so glad you enjoyed it - thank you!

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      RaksTheBlogger 4 years ago

      Tried it,Love it!Thank you for the amazing recipe!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Heidi Vincent: Enjoy! It's truly delicious :)

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Delicious looking recipe, britflorida! I have to try this.