ffwD: Pesto Batons

It’s been awhile since a ffwD recipe highlighted mustard as the dominant ingredient. Back in October, our second ffwD recipe was Gerard’s Mustard Tart. Since I didn’t have many readers back then, I would be remiss if I didn’t expound upon my sincere dislike for mustard. To me, even a teaspoon of mustard is like having FOUR CUPS of the stuff drenched over a dish. The pungent taste and smell do not mesh with my palate or olfactory senses, so I’d sooner stay away from this ingredient.

That being said, this week’s mustard batons posed quite a problem for me. However, Dorie, always understanding, made this appetizer much more pliable and open to interpretation. So, I had to come up with a filling that I liked. My sister (Codename: Gamer Psychologist) has been on a pesto kick lately, even suggesting that I put a bit on scrambled eggs! As such, I used a pesto mix (pre-made from a jar) as the filling for these puff pastry batons.

I went a step further and sprinkled some shredded asiago on a few pesto batons. I thought it best to wait until the batons were halfway puffed to add the cheese since I didn’t want the cheese to burn. However, there was a slight issue with keeping the cheese on top of the baton but it worked out okay.

These batons were extremely tasty and fun to nibble as a snack. Gamer Psychologist and I were quite satisfied after eating only a couple of batons. I’ll definitely be experimenting with fillings and toppings again. Maybe a sweet version with almond paste, similar to a Galette des Rois. Gamer Psychologist suggested adding sun-dried tomatoes to the pesto filling.

Check out other bloggers who followed the rules and made mustard batons at French Fridays with Dorie. As usual, the recipe for this dish can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


50 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cakelaw
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 03:25:04

    This was a great way to avoid your nemesis, mustard, and still participate – they look good.

  2. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 04:23:00

    Yum, the addition of cheese and pesto filling must’ve elevated these batons to a whole new level. Simply gorgeous!

  3. Three-Cookies
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 04:59:35

    Interesting name, interesting looking dish

  4. Liz
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 06:45:06

    Oh, I love your pesto version! I like mustard, but really preferred the ones with a tapenade filling~

  5. Ronda
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 07:25:13

    Mmm…pesto! I completely forgot to make these this week. I even had all of the ingredients. Silly! Yours look tasty!

  6. Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup!
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 07:35:49

    I was skeptical, and not a huge mustard fan, but I enjoyed these. Pesto and tapenade are on the list next.

  7. Cher
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 08:42:59

    Hmmm – so how did you make it through the mustard tart?

    Glad that a substitute preparation was so easily available 🙂

  8. Trix
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 09:10:42

    These look more like pesto sandwiches than batons! Which is a good thing, of course.

  9. Monica (Ms. Hobby)
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 09:25:55

    What a great idea! I love the asiago topping.

  10. torviewtoronto
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 09:54:25

    yummy looking snacks flavourful too

  11. Parsley Sage
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 09:55:32

    Great innovation! Although, I’m gonna have to go snoop the mustard versions because I LOVE me some mustard. Almost as much as bacon 🙂 The asiago cheese topping is genius. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Marina
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:10:58

    Oh, yummi 🙂 Love it!

  13. Krissy
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:13:18

    Oh, you’re making me hungry. I like your filling ideas…very creative. And good for you to change them to your liking.

  14. erica@fashionmeetsfood
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:20:45

    I am trying to avoid the kitchen and now I am absolutely starrrrrving – can I just live with you?!


  15. Pachecopatty
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:40:27

    These look so puffy and flavorful with the pesto and cheese. I think a couple of your batons with a green salad and voila you’ve got yourself a nice meal;-)

  16. Mary
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:42:09

    These would be wonderful with a glass of wine before a meal. As Dorie says these are wonderful nibbles. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  17. Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:57:15

    These look like something I would order delivered to my house at 2 am after a night out, oh my gosh, yum!

  18. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 11:07:35

    Oh, yum! Your version sounds amazing! 🙂

  19. Frankly Entertaining
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 12:00:57

    Way to avoid the evil mustard empire! I don’t know how I didn’t think of an almond paste filling. I’m going to be all over a sweet version of this dish!!

  20. kitchenarian
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 12:32:35

    I love your version with the pesto. Great idea!

  21. amanda @ fake ginger
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 12:52:20

    Mmm, I bet the pesto was delicious on these! I love the contrast between the dark pesto and the light dough in your photos. Beautiful!

  22. Bizzy
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 13:00:55

    Hi, As you know, I have been very busy and have not been able to participate in many of my regular groups and I miss any group with Dorie. These look so good and I would have loved to have made them. Maybe, I can fit this in, later on.

    You did a beautiful job.

  23. AMInyc
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 13:06:57

    They look terrific! I am building up my nerve for these!

  24. Allison
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 13:11:56

    Genius! Pesto & Asiago! Mouth watering brilliance!

  25. Spike
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 14:05:32

    pesto sounds great! The Ina Garten has a puff pastry recipe with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes- so good.

  26. Rufus' Food and Spirit Guide
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 15:15:35

    Your aversion to mustard gave me a chuckle. My wife’s just the opposite. She’s got one to mayo.

  27. MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 15:55:16

    These look amazing!!! I love pesto in absolutely anything but inside bread sticks with cheese on top…too delicious 🙂

    I cannot wait to see what you post next. Thank you so much for coming by my blog, I am really enjoying yours too!

  28. Candy
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 17:33:45

    I love the idea of using pesto and agree this is a great recipe to experiment with.

  29. Trevor Sis Boom
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 18:39:24

    As I was making these I just KNEW that the medium would appreciate the pesto treatment. I”m so glad you ‘went there’ with them. I’ll be doing that next you can be sure of that!

  30. gingerbreadbagels
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 18:54:03

    I’m not a huge mustard lover so I’m vey happy to see that you made pesto batons! How creative. 🙂 And I love the cheese on the top. YUM!

  31. betsy
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 20:07:45

    The pesto version looks great! How did you get the top of your batons so evenly golden brown? I love the idea of almond paste inside. I LOVE almond paste.

  32. chunklet's mom
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 20:53:45

    Yay for pesto! This look so yummy!! My chunklet LOVES anything that has the stuff in it. When you make them with almond paste, I will be expecting a package from you in the mail.

  33. Tricia S.
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 20:54:22

    Oh man, these look so good !!! Love the asiago-pesto combo. I was eyeing up the pesto jar in my fridge and vowed to revisit it next time. And kudos to you for figuring out (with sister’s help…) how to make this lovely recipe work for you. Nana and I are big mustard fans so kind of expected to like this one. The fact that it was so easy just endeared the recipe to us all the more 🙂 Your photos looked lovely – great job !

  34. Ryan
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 21:29:24

    These sound delicious with the swap of pesto for mustard! They look beautiful too!! Great job on your batons! I smiled when I read your comment about the four cups of mustard. I feel that way about anything banana, blech! I can detect the smallest amount in any recipe, there is no hiding it– it may as well be drowning in bananas. 🙂

  35. Cooking Gallery
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 02:43:07

    These look good, I like the combo of pesto and cheese…Yum!

  36. sanyaliving
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 05:34:13

    Great compromise!
    I Like your sister’s idea, I was thinking eggs myself as I made these over breakfast time, but couldn’t work out how to make the eggs stick to such a small space! You photos look great!

  37. AMInyc
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 09:38:56

    Hi again – I tagged you in my East post!

  38. Elaine
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 09:56:31

    They look so VERY delicious! I love your idea of using pesto and the asiago cheese looks so good – what a great combination.

  39. Peggy
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 11:30:29

    I’m the same way with mustard… although I do slightly like Dijon mustard (only when it’s mixed with other stuff or in a vinaigrette, though) so these batons would be right up my alley! It’s fun finding new ways to use pesto!

  40. Jay
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 12:21:37

    wow..that looks super tempting…nice recipe dear..
    Tasty Appetite

  41. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 16:09:43

    mmm–great filling idea!!

  42. Renee
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 23:00:13

    Dangerous!! Pesto is a favorite of mine. I’d fear I’d eat them all myself if I made pesto. I can already see I’ll be thinking about this for months as my sister makes all her homemade pesto this summer.

  43. Miri Leigh
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 01:42:12

    These look heavenly! Thanks for posting 🙂

  44. luciacara
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 10:00:17

    Good to see a variation! We used to make “Pesto Delesto” which is similar to these but made with bread dough instead. Really rich but the kids loved them.

  45. Terra
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 19:52:05

    I have had such a crazy schedule lately, I am behind on make the FFwD recipes. I want to still make the e’clairs and Batons, they look so delicious! This recipe sounds so wonderful, and the pesto makes it perfect!
    Hugs, Terra

  46. Eva
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 00:07:16

    Holy moly, those look AWESOME!! I could actually hear my stomach grumbling while I was looking at the photos, haha!

  47. Yuri
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 07:35:22

    If I had to choose, I’d say pesto is way tastier than mustard. Lovely batons!

  48. Steph - jumpingoffthecliff
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 18:28:21

    Pesto is the perfect alternative for us mustard haters! Your batons look terrific with the sprinkle of cheese. Pesto it is for me next time.

  49. mangocheeks
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 12:25:06

    As you know I have made loads Wild Garlic pesto, so I’m bookmarking this recipe – Looks utterly delicious.

  50. Eileen
    May 06, 2011 @ 09:41:18

    Oh, baby! Pesto batons sound MUCH better to me than mustard batons. I haven’t made batons yet, but when I do, I think i’m going with your pesto idea instead.

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