Never had savories before? You’ve been missing out. These are in my top ten favorite entertaining foods of all time. With just the right balance of salty and sweet, these tiny pastries are sure to impress the foodie and the pickiest toddler alike. I love to make these savories with an insanely good smoked blue cheese made at a nearby creamery, but a regular old blue will work just fine.
1 cup all-purpose flour
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces smoked blue cheese (or regular, if you can’t find smoked), crumbled
Freshly ground black pepper
About 3 tablespoons plum jam
Heat the oven to 350°F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the flour, butter, blue cheese, and a few grinds of black pepper in the bowl of a food processor and process until the dough just comes together and starts to form a ball.
Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it comes together. Roll out to a 1/8-inch-thick circle with a floured rolling pin. Cut rounds out of the dough with a floured 1-inch round cutter and transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet. You can reroll the scraps (no more than once) and cut more rounds.Using your knuckle, make an indentation in the center of each dough round.
Soften the plum jam by microwaving in a microwave-safe bowl for 10 seconds. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon of the fig preserves into each indentation.
Bake the savouries until the pastry is light golden on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Recipe adapted from Epicurious