Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

I had been wanting to make stuffed savory stuffed puff pastry for awhile.

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries - An easy appetizer packed with bold flavor and creamy texture! Always a hit at parties! Recipe at averiecooks.com

Probably for the past, oh, seven years, give or take.

My sister is the queen of puffed pastry appetizers but this is one of those cooking projects that just never happened for me.

Until now.

A shipment of locally-grown avocados that all decided to ripen on the same day and I wanted to put them to a creative use.

So I got busy puffin’

The assembly line

After baking: Warm, cheesy, melted avocado and salsa-filled bites.

Crispy edges

Scott likes brown corners.

I don’t.

I am all about the melty middles.

This is what I used to create the puffy packages.

They were a huge hit with the family and if you’ve never worked with puff pastry before, I assure you, it’s very easy.  You don’t even technically need to roll it out if you’re pressed for time.  You could just slice it with a knife and insert the filling of your choice.

Scott kept saying they reminded him of something he ate all the time at various Bar Mitzvahs he attended growing up.  He said he ate something like this every weekend for about two years as a kid.

I doubt think the mothers of his childhood friends in suburban Chicago in the 70s were puffing up locally-grown fuerte avocados with salsa verde and mango chutney, but I could be wrong.

I told him, “There’s an egg wash on these.  I think that may be what you’re tasting that makes them seem familiar.”  The man adores eggs in any form, and any time I can use an egg in something, he’s happy.

And he said, “Oh, I like how the egg made them get brown on the top and gave it such a good flavor,” which is as descriptive he ever gets.

Normally when I ask, “Well, what do you think,” I’ll get a It’s Great, Babe.  And that’s that.

But then he asked for a third puff.  Going back for thirds is always a good sign.

What’s not to love about squishy warm avocado, with melted cream cheese, flavored with two kinds of salsa to give the bites just a touch of sweet from the mango salsa and a kick from the green salsa verde.

All topped off with an egg wash inside a warm, doughy, gluten-ey, fluffy and puffy flaky-layered little package.

This screams both comfort food

and a way to impress your spouse in under a half hour.

They also impressed the almost-five year old.

I stored the extra couple that were left from the batch of 9 (after Scott went back for thirds) in an air-tight container on the countertop and fed them to Skylar for breakfast the next morning.

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries - An easy appetizer packed with bold flavor and creamy texture! Always a hit at parties! Recipe at averiecooks.com

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Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries (with a vegan option)

An easy appetizer packed with bold flavor and creamy texture! Always a hit at parties and tastes far more 'complicated' than it really is. Whip up a batch for your next event or for an easy lunch or light dinner dish.

Yield: About 9 puffs, depending on size of squares and how thin dough is rolled

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: about 45 minutes


1 large sheet puffed pastry, thawed (I used Trader Joe's brand, look in your grocer's freezer case)
1 ripe avocado, halved and mashed (approximately 1 tablespoon of avocado per pastry square)
1/3 cup cream cheese (approximately 1 teaspoon of cream cheese per pastry square)
1/3 cup salsa (approximately 1 teaspoon of salsa per pastry square. I used a combination of Trader Joe's Salsa Verde and Trader Joe's Mango Red Pepper Chutney)
salt and pepper, sprinkled to taste
1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 400F and prepare two baking sheets with either parchment paper, Silpat liners, or spray them well with cooking spray.
  2. Thaw one large square of puffed pastry for about 10 minutes. Flour your countertop or working surface and roll out the pastry square as thinly as possible.  With a pizza cutter or knife, slice the puffed pastry into approximately 2-inch by 2-inch squares.  From the one thinly rolled large sheet of frozen puffed pastry, I created 18 squares.
  3. On half the squares (9 squares for me), place a dollop of avocado, then cream cheese, then salsa, season with salt and pepper.  Use the remaining squares as the lids and place one lid over the filling mounds. Seal the pastry packages by pressing the edges with a fork, taking care to seal the edges well, pressing the fork in repeatedly, so no filling escapes during baking.
  4. In a small bowl, beat an egg with a fork, and apply an eggwash to each of the pastry packages.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until desired browning and puffing has occurred. Watch them closely after 10 minutes in case your oven is hotter or your brand of puffed pastry cooks faster.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve. Pastries are best fresh, but extras will keep for up to 48 hours airtight in the refrigerator; reheat gently in micro before serving. To keep vegan, use vegan cream cheese such as Tofutti and there are many recipes on the internet for 'vegan puffed pastry' that you can make at home. Pepperidge Farm brand puff pasty is vegan, but of course read the label as ingredients can be changed or varied. Omit the eggwash and if desired, lightly wash with almond milk or soy milk.

Related Recipes

If savory cheesy baked goods are your thing, I suggest Baked Savory Cream Cheese & Herb Donuts

I have my Avocado Recipes consolidated if those are of interest.

There’s Microwave Pepperjack Tofu with Salsa that you can make in 5 minutes in the micro if you have salsa or various condiment odds and ends that are taking up valuable refrigerator space.

And if you really just want something sweet with cream cheese,

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting will hit the spot.

Because I prefer cream cheese in frosting form, over savory form, always.

Have you ever made anything with puff pastry?  What was it?

I have many more ideas from savory to sweet; from little bites and puffy packages to logs that have been rolled and sliced.  Things are about to get puffy.

Would you stuff your puff with something savory or sweet?

I am a sweets girl all the way and have so many things I want to stuff into them.  Marshmallows come to mind, immediately.

And for savory, I would like to make a crab and cream cheese filling or a salmon salad with cream cheese type of filling, but those seem a little fancier, party appetizer food.  Guess I need to throw a party or pretend and make the average Tuesday night fancy.


  1. I don’t know if they have anything gluten-free that would be like puff pastry, but either way I’ve never tried anything with it. But you know me, I’d totally go for a sweet filling if given the option. Yum!

  2. Oh…oh….oh my goodness. Averie, this is one of the best things you’ve ever posted. First of all, I love puff pastry. Like, I could eat it all by itself. Crispy golden buttery flaky salty YES. And then you go and add avocado. And cream cheese. Two of the world’s most perfect foods. And the salsa? Another level Averie, another level.

    I HAVE to make these and eat a million asap.

  3. Gosh darn, Averie, you are so evil!!! I’ve been completely craving something like this all day today, but I can’t because of the liquid diet I’m on (wisdom teeth…)…Ugh!

    Can’t wait until I feel better so I can make these!!!

  4. mmmm those avocado crisp look so good!!! Those would be amazing for a summer party!

  5. oh my gosh girl i just luuurve you.
    avocado in the middle? yes please.
    i am such an avocado junkie.
    and thank you for the shout out
    love you XOXO!

    • Glad you saw this one because I thought that you, the former CA girl, probably likes her avos. Your raspberry hand pies sound so good…raspberry trumps avo for me. These were my husband’s idea of fabulous though.

      Thanks for the compliments on my profile pic. I appreciate it! :)


  6. love the new profile pic too.

  7. I just got the Stevia giveaway! Thank you! Now excuse me while I spend the night in the kitchen!

  8. These get a huge standing ovation!

  9. This is one of the most creative recipes that I have seen in a long time! Great idea; I can’t wait to try!

  10. I absolutely love puff pastry and I will often make my own veggi sausage rolls but not much else. I really love the taste of warm avocado and being small size they are good for the little ones. I will definately get into the kitchen and give them a go. thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Oh my, these look and sound AMAZING. I may have started drooling when looking at those pictures – some of my favourite flavours right there! They’d definitely make ideal party bites too :)

  12. Thanks for this idea. I love all of these ingredients but would never think to put them in puff pastry! I must try.

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  14. Talk about a jaw- dropper for football party! I wll take a dozen, please :)

  15. Love these! And I’ve been inspired to feature your pastries in my Friday Food Fetish roundup and on Pinterest. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next and please let me know if you have any objections…

  16. Love the avocado puffs – such a different appetizer… would be great for a super bowl party, actually!

  17. OH my goodness – I have no words!!

  18. Wow, these are SO pretty and look absolutely delicious – what a great idea!! :)

  19. exCUSE me??? I just bought one of those 5-lb bags of avocados from Trader Joe’s and I can’t think of a better way to put those babies to use!

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  21. i made spanakopita once. it was delish but i have never attempted it again :)

  22. Suppose I could make these ahead of time (24 hours) and bake them off?

  23. I’m totally inspired to try these this weekend! They look fantastic and what a great way to use puff pastry. Your photos are lovely too!

  24. Looks really good! Sort of freaked me out to read about Dawn and Joy…I’m Dawn and my sister’s name is Joy! :)

  25. These were delicious! I know you mentioned that you don’t watch the Super Bowl, but they were a great treat to have with dinner while my fiance and I enjoyed the commercials – I mean, the game last night. =)

  26. Do you think I can make these, freeze them uncooked and then bake when I need them. I would like to make them for a Bridal Shower.

    • Once you unthaw puff pastry, I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to cook it then as it’s the cold dough that really gives it the puff and not sure what re-freezing does…my guess is that it will be “fine” but I would do a test batch and use common sense and go from there. Good luck!

    • I have it on good authority that puff pastry freezes well. I’m not as certain about avocado, though…

  27. Those puff pastries look delicious, I was looking for a new idea to stuff it, thanks for inspiration :)
    greets, Asia

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  30. Do you think the alvacdo bites can be made the day before then egg wash and bake next day?? Would they be soggy??

    • I think you could try to make them the night before and bake the next day…you may want to test this out on a “trial run” if you were going to make these for an event like a brunch with guests though before the actual event b/c with the pastry dough, the filling, the avocado could oxidize a bit but not necessarily…worth a try!

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  32. this looks delicious! my weekend project! Thanks for sharing!

  33. I LOVE cream cheese so I’m going to have to try this tonight! About how many calories in one puff pastry?

  34. I know you have already had a bazillion comments on this, but I just made this for my husband and 4-year-old and we LOVED it. I used some chipotle salsa and it was heavenly. Thanks for sharing!

    • The best comments are the ones that come from people who actually made and tried the recipe and I really appreciated you making, trying, and commenting! SO GLAD it was a hit. I have a 5 year old and she loves these too. Thanks for reading and the field report back!

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  39. These looks absolutely divine, Averie!! I am glad I came through kitchen artistry here.. Love your space..

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  42. First of all, joy of all joys, we are getting a Trader Joe’s about two miles from my house. I could not be happier :) Secondly, I’m going to try these SOON! I am sure I will have to double or triple the batch to accommodate my family’s need, but they look so simple to make & so tasty!! Thanks :)

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  45. sonia wysochanski Reply

    i might like to try this filling in a pasta shell

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  48. Can the avocado cream cheese salsa puff pastry be frozen nd then baked later? I

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