Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tea party - Mini pecan pies and potato pea cups

I like all food that come in small packages. Precisely, why I loved making these mini pecan pies and potato pea cups. Both these recipes are from fellow bloggers, except that I made a few changes to the recipes.

Mini Pecan Pies
I followed the same recipe from Ahaar. Instead of pouring the filling in a 9-inch pie crust, I used mini graham cracker pie crusts. For this recipe, I used the filling for 12 mini pie crusts. I used light corn syrup and also added chopped pecans to the filling. Of course, I did top off the pies with pecans again. I used 3/4 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup. Click here for the original recipe. I baked the pies for about 40 to 45 minutes. Do keep an eye on these pies as you might end up baking them too much. If you do that, the corn syrup will crystallize and the center of the pie will become very hard. Serve these mini wonders with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Baked mini pecan pies
Potato pea cups
This is a savory treat I absolutely loved making. Once done, they look like a piece of art and are a big hit as a starter to any meal. I came across this recipe at Priya's Kitchen. Click here for the original recipe. Here is my recipe.

2 medium potatoes (boiled and mashed)
1/2 cup of green peas
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 tsp of red chilli powder
1/2 tsp of coriander powder
1/2 tsp of cumin powder
Salt to taste
Oil as needed
Pepperidge Farm Puff pastry sheets
1 egg (beaten) for egg wash (you can use butter too)

1. Sauté the onions in a pan with a little oil until soft.
2. Add the green peas and sauté till tender.
3. Add the mashed potatoes, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt and mix till everything is well blended.
4. Thaw the puff pastry sheets and cut into squares (you can make 9 squares from one sheet).
5. Brush with egg wash on both sides and place in a big muffin pan.
6. Put a tbsp of the potato-pea filling and bake at 425°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until brown and flaky.
7. Top it off with the sweet and sour chutney and serve warm.

Potato pea cups
Sweet and sour chutneyFor the sweet and sour chutney I used store-bought chutney and followed this recipe:
1 tsp of coriander paste
1 tsp of mint paste
1 tsp of date-tamarind chutney

Mix all the above in a bowl and garnish the potato-pea cups when they come out of the oven.


swapna susarla said...

hi lakshmik

great dish..looooooks absolutely delicious

FH said...

I love the Potato cups.Don't feel like eating sweets these days,overdosed until Shiv Ratri!:))
Great dishes to try out Lakshmi.

TNL said... have been one BUSY lady coming up with some really neat stuff...I love pecan pies, and those mini ones are perfect for me.


Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! thats a visual treat!!!!

Both look great!!!!

USHA said...

Wow!! both the dishes looks amazing...
That really a great try...

Anonymous said...

ummm..i love pastry puffs.Make them often.

Prema Sundar said...

Mini pies and potato cups are so wonderful...

Bong Mom said...

I loved those potato pea cups, too cute, the pies are good too
But I am going to try the potato-pea cups first

Hyderabadi's said...

I love this recpie. I am a pure snack lover. Thanks for sharing...

Anonymous said...

I love pecan pies but never dared to make them..may be I should try them now using your recipe

Sia said...

oh my.... soooooooooooooooooo many things... lakshmi how do u manage ur time girl? both pies and potato cups look great...i mean absolutely divine!!!

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

looks so crisp and yummy wish could just eat them hmm good one for this winter.thanks for sharing

Seema Bhat said...

I love small packages , tini mini things as well. Your Mini Peacan Pies look gorgeous and loved the potato cups as well.

Revathi said...

Why was I not invited to the tea party ????

Anonymous said...

Hi Lakshmi
Looks yummy, thanks for sharing ur version.

jacob said...

that looks so tenpting. especially the potato cups. perfect tea time snack!

Shah cooks said...

wonderful recipes. i make the big pecan pie and it gets so messy after the initial cutting and it is a nice idea. thanks.

Mandira said...

Lakshmi - just came across your small pecan pies. they are perfect, serving them in individual pies is so much better. Thanks for the idea