Sun-dried tomato, parmesan & rosemary palmiers


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Do you bore yourself with your lack of ‘pre-dinner nibble’ imagination when you have guests over? I certainly do, so I thought I’d replace those dull dishes of crisps & nuts with something a bit more impressive … these easy puff pastry ‘palmiers’ stuffed with tasty sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan & fresh rosemary. Mmmm!

sun-dried tomato, parmesan and rosemary palmiers stacked up on a black baking tray.

One of the things I thought that the Australians were really good at when I lived there recently was chips ‘n’ dips and ‘nibbles’ before dinner. They love ‘em and have all sorts of different kinds like little rice crackers, different kinds of fancy breadsticks, pots of stuffed olives and loads of interesting hummus-type dips. It’s really hard not to eat a few too many and end up spoiling your appetite!

Over here in the UK we’re pretty boring about this kind of thing and you won’t usually get more than a few crisps or maybe if you’re extra lucky some mixed salted nuts. If that sounds a bit rude of me to say so, then let me assure you that I’m no better myself. I will usually just plonk down dishes of said crisps or nuts to have with drinks before dinner if I have guests over. The shame!

I suppose we could blame the better weather over there. After all, if you’re going to sit around at BBQs every summer weekend, you need plenty of interesting pre-dinner nibblies. 😉

A collage of 2 images showing sundried tomatoes and other ingredients for savory palmiers.

Whatever the reason, I thought these cute little savoury puff pastry palmiers would be perfect for spicing up my pre-dinner offerings at my next dinner party! And the great thing about them is that they not only take mere minutes to put together, as you use a whole sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry, but you can make them, put them on a baking sheet, then pop them in the fridge until your guests arrive. When you hear the door-bell ring, you can pop them in the oven and hey presto, 10 minutes later you’ve got warm, cheesy, tomato-y little fresh pastries for your guests to nibble on until dinner’s ready.

These are nothing more complicated than two or three ingredients sprinkled generously over puff pastry and then rolled up tightly from both of the long sides so that they meet in the middle. You end up with a long roll of pastry that you then slice, like a sausage, in about 1cm-thick rounds. Pop on a baking tray, brush with a little egg, then bake.

Silly me fully intended to take a picture of the long roll before I cut it into rounds, but totally forgot in my excitement to get them into the oven. Sorry! (when I make them again I’ll take a photo and pop back here and post it!) Hopefully though the recipe explains clearly enough how to do the rolling in part. It isn’t complicated to understand – promise!

A collage of 2 images showing how to make pastry palmiers
Roll both of the long sides of the pastry in until they meet in the middle. Pop in the fridge to firm up, then slice into 1cm-wide slices and bake!

Although I chose to make sun-dried tomato, parmesan & rosemary palmiers this time, you could of course choose other flavours. And really the possibilities are endless. How about olives, oregano & feta? Or bacon, thyme & cheddar? Pesto & prosciutto? I could go on and on!

Hmm, any tips before I leave you with the recipe? Let’s see … oh yes, pop the rolled-up pastry roll in the fridge for half an hour so that it’s easier to slice through. And of course you can freeze any uncooked palmiers until you want to eat them. Just carefully place them in containers with the layers separated by baking paper  and then cook straight from frozen when you want fresh palmiers – just give them a few extra minutes in the oven.

sun-dried tomato, parmesan and rosemary palmiers on a black baking tray with fresh rosemary.

So I guess this means goodbye oh-so-boring pre-dinner crisps … hello much-more-interesting palmiers. What lucky guests you’ll all have at your next dinner party!

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4.25 from 8 votes

Sun-dried tomato, parmesan & rosemary palmiers

Say goodbye to boring 'crisps & nuts' nibbles when you next have guests over and hello to these tasty puff pastry palmiers stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan & fresh rosemary!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 25 -30


  • 1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry, the one I used was 375 grams/13 ounces – see notes below*
  • a bit of flour, for dusting
  • 5 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • a very large sprig fresh rosemary, or 2 smaller ones, leaves shredded off & finely chopped
  • black pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • Lay the pastry out on a well-floured board, then sprinkle evenly with the tomatoes, parmesan, rosemary & plenty of pepper.
  • Carefully roll up both of the long sides of the pastry until they meet in the middle. Brush the area between the two parts of the roll with a little egg and push the two parts together so that they stick. Pop the whole roll into the fridge for at least half an hour (either pop it in on the board or if it won’t fit in the fridge carefully side onto something smaller like a baking tray.) Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200C/390F.
  • Remove from the fridge and slice into roughly 1cm-slices with a big sharp knife. Carefully place the slices on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Reshape them a little if necessary, then brush the tops with the egg.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the palmiers are puffed and golden. Cool slightly on the tray, then serve while still warm!


It doesn’t really matter if your sheet of pastry is a little smaller or larger. Just adjust the amount of toppings you add accordingly.


Calories: 75kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 56mg, Potassium: 202mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 65IU, Vitamin C: 2.2mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 0.8mg
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  1. This is just the combo I was looking for, can’t wait to make. So it seems they taste best warm rather than room temp or cold. Can I make, bake and reheat for a little when I get to my destination?

    1. Hello Irene! These are actually fine both warm and cold. Just make them shortly before you leave (obviously leaving some time for them to cool) so that they’re still at their best at your destination. If you would like to warm them through again though, feel free – 5 to 10 minutes or so in the oven (or air fryer!) pre-heated to 160C or 320F should do the trick. Enjoy!

  2. I’ve never had or made palmiers before but they look amazing! They would be a wonderful appetizer!

    1. Oooh, do try them some time, Kelley. They’re such a nice little simple thing to master!

  3. I love my nibbles before dinner too!! I usually love them so much that I eat way too many of them and then I’m not hungry for dinner, haha! But it is totally worth it because little appetizers like this are so good! I was just cooking with sun-dried tomatoes this week and they have such a great taste! These look awesome, Helen!

    1. Oooh, I know exactly what you mean, Izzy! I have no self control when it comes to appetizers, either! 🙂

  4. Love the flavors here Helen! What a creative twist on the classic! They look simple as can be yet so special.

    1. Thank you, Allie! My favourite kind of food … simple but as special as I can make it! 🙂

  5. I can just imagine how nice and buttery these are with that puff pastry! They sound just wonderful – especially with the fresh rosemary – my favorite!

    1. Thank you, Ashley. These are especially lovely and buttery fresh from the oven … mmmm!

  6. Wow, this recipe is amazing! We only have sweet palmiers here, but I like the savory version even better! Love the flavors you got in this recipe and your photos looks amazing. Sharing everywhere 🙂

    1. Thank you, Maggie! Really happy you like these. I’d only ever tried sweet palmiers, too, but I like these much better. Thanks for sharing, too 🙂

  7. Palmiers are actually one of my favorite fun savory appetizers! I’ve made them with pesto before, but love this sun-dried tomato parm twist!

    1. I’m going to try pesto ones next time, Joanne. There’s so much flavour there already – you probably don’t need to add anything else. Glad you like this version, though!