Filed Under: Appetizer | Pastry

Pepperoni & Parmesan Palmiers

Recipe By Tessa Arias
January 21st, 2011

These savory pastry bites are jam-packed with cheesy, meaty, salty flavor and are pretty much guaranteed to be a hit at your next party.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Appetizers usually consist of bite-sized goodies to hold you over to your meal. That means each bite needs to be bursting with flavor and these palmiers do not disappoint.
Texture: What is better than the texture of puff pastry? Seriously. Plus melted Parmesan cheese and crisp pepperoni. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Ease: You could make these in the time it takes to go to the store and pick out a (gross) pre-made appetizer.
Appearance: These pastries are shaped to look like elephant ears! Super cute and appetizing.
Pros: Easy, full of flavor, and can be made a day ahead of time (unbaked). Kid & adult friendly.
Cons: None really, besides the fact that this recipe is a tad bit indulgent.
Would I make this again? Yes! This recipe is perfect for parties or gatherings.

With the super bowl approaching and awards season upon us, now is the time to stock up on tasty appetizer recipes. These savory pastry bites are jam-packed with cheesy, meaty, salty flavor and are pretty much guaranteed to be a hit at your next party. Plus, they can be prepared up to a day ahead of time and thrown (or probably gently placed) in the oven before your guests arrive or before you head out the door to a party.

If you’re wondering how to shape the puff pastry when making these, check out this post by Joy the Baker where she illustrates how to make sweet palmiers.

P.S. – Check out this sweet Nutella Palmier recipe.
P.S.S. – Check out these other tasty appetizer recipes:
Broccoli and Cheddar Potato Skins with Avocado Cream
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts

How to make
Pepperoni & Parmesan Palmiers

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
These savory pastry bites are jam-packed with cheesy, meaty, salty flavor and are pretty much guaranteed to be a hit at your next party.


  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 sheet frozen all-butter* puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
  • 2 tablespoons honey-Dijon mustard
  • 2 ounces packaged sliced pepperoni (about twenty-four 1 1/2-inch-diameter slices)
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend


  1. Mix first 4 ingredients in medium bowl. Cut pastry rectangle in half crosswise. Spread the mustard over both puff pastry rectangles. Place half of pepperoni in single layer atop mustard. Top pepperoni with half of cheese mixture.
  2. Working with one of the rectangles, roll up each end of the pastry in tight coils until they meet together in the middle to make the palmier shape. Repeat with second puff pastry piece. Brush the top of each pastry log with egg wash and press spiraled ends together so shape holds.
  3. Transfer pastry roll to medium baking sheet. Chill rolls until firm, about 30 minutes, or wrap and chill up to 1 day. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Lightly spray with vegetable oil spray.
  4. Cut each pastry roll into about 1/4-inch-thick rounds using a sharp knife. Don't worry if you squish the pastry down a bit, it will bounce back up in the oven. Transfer palmiers to prepared sheets. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to platter; serve.

Recipe Notes

*Note: Avoid using puff pastry made with artificial ingredients as it will alter the taste. All-butter puff pastry can be found at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and other specialty stores.
Adapted from Bon Appetit Cookbook
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Jordan — January 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Those look SO good! I love anything with the word bites in them. It just means I can eat twice as many! 🙂

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    Kulsum — January 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I'm loving this. So glad to have found you!

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    Deborah Dowd — January 28, 2011 at 2:22 am

    This sounds like a super elegant but easy Super Bowl dish. Beyond the typical pigs in a blanket!

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