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This Cheesy Broccoli Puff Pastry Cups Recipe Makes an Ultra-Flaky + Creamy Side Dish

We use store-made pastry shells so you can prep in 30 minutes.

Puff pastries can be a real game changer in the kitchen. While we normally associate them with desserts, this flaky dough can do a lot in the savory department. Give your puff pastry a creamy, veggie-filled upgrade with this cheesy broccoli puff pastry cups recipe!

You heard that right: golden puff pastry shells make the perfect vessel for a gooey, melted cheddar sauce and chopped broccoli florets. Because who doesn’t love the classic combination of broccoli and cheese? They make the perfect side dish for parties, game nights or a simple weeknight dinner. Plus, you can cut your prep time in half thanks to store-bought puff pastry.

We have some tips for working with frozen puff pastry in this cheesy broccoli buff pastry cups recipe. First, make sure your shells completely thaw before working with them. This will help prevent the pastry from cracking. And to help guarantee a crispy exterior, brush some melted butter over the shells. Tell us if you tried this trick below! And try our expert-approved butter trick for flaky biscuits.


6 servings

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  • (10 oz.) pkg. frozen puff pastry shells, such as Pepperidge Farm
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1½ Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1⅔ cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • Fresh parsley and lemon zest


• Heat oven to 425°F. Bake puff pastry shells according to package directions. Let cool. Remove the centers. 

• Bring a large pot salted water to a boil; add broccoli. Cook until crisp-tender, about 3 min. Drain well; roughly chop. 

• In a pot, whisk milk, flour, mustard powder, cayenne and ¼ tsp. salt; over medium heat, bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until thick, 2 min. 

• Stir in cheese until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in broccoli. Divide among pastry shells. Add parsley and zest.


  • Calories: 180
  • Fat: 12 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 7 gram
  • Protein: 10 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 9 gram
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg
  • Sugar: 3 gram
  • Sodium: 330 mg
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