TikTok is a treasure trove for easy snack recipes and unexpected food combinations, and the platform’s latest food hack is a culinary masterpiece: the upside-down puff pastry. TikTok’s solution to seemingly difficult appetizers and desserts, the puff-pastry treats are your choice of savory or sweet filling, topped with pastry dough. From apples and honey to feta and tomatoes, the flavor pairings can be as versatile as you want depending on the ingredients in your pantry. Also, the Instagram-worthy snacks basically require zero culinary skills to re-create.
Content creator Lily Ghodrati first popularized the upside-down puff-pastry hack in April when she shared a TikTok video of her caramelized honey and nectarine pastries. The dessert quickly racked up millions of views and inspired hundreds of variations from at-home chefs who have swapped the fillings for everything from fig and cheese to hot honey and jalapeño. Regardless of the flavor profile, the process of making the treats is easy to follow.
Begin by preparing your toppings. Bacon, strawberries, onion, gruyere, pears, mushrooms — your fridge leftovers are the limit. Then, simply stack your ingredients in small piles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and top each with squares of store-bought puff-pastry dough. Make sure to press down the edges of the dough to keep the flavors locked in. Finally, brush the uncooked pastries with egg wash and pop them in the oven until the dough is flaky and crisp.
Unless you forget to pull them out of the oven in time, the finished product is usually an aesthetic masterpiece that’s just as delicious as it is photo-worthy. Plus, you can dress them up with toppings including fresh herbs, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a drizzle of hot honey, sliced prosciutto, spoonfuls of pesto, or crumbled cheddar.
Whether you’re looking to host a cottagecore dinner party or impress your friends at the next potluck picnic, check out a few of our favorite upside-down puff-pastry recipes ahead.