Savory Palmiers with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and basil pesto.

Recipe: Ina Garten / The Barefoot Contessa’s Savory Palmiers (click to be taken to the full recipe)

Background: This is total “Lori Food.” Pretty much everything in these savory palmiers is a favorite food of mine – goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, basil pesto. Oh, hell yeah. The first time I made these, I took them to a girls night out at paint-by-numbers place.

What I Like: Again, it’s Lori Food – I love the flavors. But more than anything, it’s something that’s super simple but looks really fancy. It’s perfect for girls nights out, baby showers, bridal showers, brunches or cocktail parties.

Savory Palmiers with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and basil pesto.

What I Change: No need for any changes – I’ve prepared them exactly as the recipe dictates and they’ve turned out perfectly. You can also use this same method and change up the filling any way that you would like. Here’s some variations I think would be good:

  • Olive Tapanade & Chopped Artichokes
  • Bacon & Apple Butter
  • Smoked Salmon, Chive Cream Cheese & Capers
  • Prosciutto & Fig Preserves
  • Pizza Rolls – Pepperoni & Marinara