Any festive meal goes well with beautiful appetizers, but more, I prefer them to be simple, quick and interesting. An appetizer with lots of details will take a lot of time and effort, but anyway everyone is waiting for the main courses and dessert. I really liked the idea of mounting this appetizer pie, the filling I said to be with ham and cheese, but you can adapt it to taste (and sweet!) - leave only cheese, replace with another sauce, with the only condition not to be thick layers and difficult to handle. It's simple because, just thaw the dough and get to work, you have nothing to knead!
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Thaw the puff pastry in time, then place on the table sprinkled with flour and cut into 2 equal pieces.
Spread each half a little with the foil, to be about the size of the tray in which you will bake the pie.
Now take the first sheet, ideally put it on a baking paper (I forgot and did it later!).
Put the tomato sauce in the middle.
Now take a brush and remember the drawing hours :)
Carefully draw the outline of a fir tree and spread the tomato sauce evenly inside it. In the Video you can see in more detail how I did this step.
Sprinkle the grated cheese over the tomato sauce, but do not exceed the fir outline.
Then make a kind of lego-fir with slices of ham.
Cover with the second piece of dough, press carefully to highlight the outline of the tree.
Notice that I moved the pie to baking paper, but be careful to do it from the beginning!
Now cut the extra edges with a knife, exactly on the edges of the contour.
On the axis of the tree I would recommend putting a strip of paper (baking here) about 2cm wide - it will look much more evenly at the end.
And cut the branches about 1 cm wide as well.
Notice that it comes out evenly to cut them if you are guided by the paper tape.
Now twist them carefully, about 2-3 times, and lightly press the edges on baking paper.
This is what the pie looks like at the end.
It's nice to cut a star from the leftover dough, fix it on top, of course.
Grease the pie with beaten egg and prick the middle with a fork - not to swell too much when baking the puff pastry.
Carefully move the tree to the baking tray - being on baking paper it's easy to just pull it lightly.
Decorate the top with slices of cherry tomatoes and possibly olive slices.
Put in a preheated oven at 200 degrees and leave for about 25-30 minutes, until nicely browned.
Here you can also see the version with olives, it is a bit more colorful.
It is very good hot, but also cold. Each one breaks a branch of the pie, very convenient and to be served.
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