Puff Pastry Treats Rustici Leccesi

Puff Pastry Treats Rustici Leccesi

By 30/06/2013

Rustici Leccesi are a delicious appetizer which comes from Lecce, in Puglia.

They are made with puff pastry and have a gorgeous filling of mozzarella, tomato sauce and bechamel sauce.

They can be eaten cold but best if slightly warm as the mozzarella will still be soft. Many people take them to the beach in the summer and in Lecce they sell them in bars and restaurants. Definitely a very popular snack or finger food!

I can promise you that if you sink your teeth into one of these then there will be no stopping anymore... until they are all gone!

I honestly don't know how I am going to fit in my bikini when I go to Italy this summer! Rather than dieting I suppose it will be easier just to buy the next size up!

Lecce in Italy

The city of Lecce

  • Prep Time : 40 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes



Make the bechamel sauce with 250 ml milk, 40 g flour, 30 g butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper using the recipe here.

Cut the mozzarella into little cubes, mix the tomato sauce with 1 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Beat the egg with a fork


Cut the puff pastry with a round pastry cutter into 10 large discs;

Then cut 10 more discs with a smaller round pastry cutter;


Line the largest discs on a baking tray over a sheet of baking paper (or over a silicone sheet). Brush with the whisked egg


Put 1 tsp of bechamel sauce, some tomato sauce and some mozzarella in the middle of the disc


 Put the smaller discs over the topping and seal well pressing with your fingers

pastry on top

Brush them with the egg and cook them in a hot oven at 200C for about 20-25 minutes until they look golden. Do not open the oven door whilst they are cooking or they will just sink and will end up looking flat.  Best enjoyed whilst still warm.

rustici leccesi

Rustico leccese


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9 Responses to Puff Pastry Treats Rustici Leccesi

  1. Nora

    Wow Alida, these bites are indeed devilishly tempting! Thanks for the beautiful photos of Lecce, Italy is such a gorgeous place!

  2. la cuvcina di Molly

    Sono dei rustici molto gustosi, ottimi per l’aperitivo! Un abbraccio!

  3. renato

    Is tomato sauce using puree or tin tomato?( sorry very new to cooking)

    • Alida

      Ciao Renato,
      You can use tomato sauce but not concentrated tomato puree. You can buy tomato sauce or you can whiz some chopped tin tomatoes to make a smooth sauce.

  4. Angie

    I want to buy some ready made do you sell them

    • Alida

      Sorry but I don’t. Look for online Italian delis, you might be able to find them there.

  5. Marie

    I was first introduced to these many years ago in a quaint little cafe in Brindisi, Italy and immediately fell in love with them. Quite delicious with a cappuccino! Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • Alida

      A classic Italian recipe.. the classic one are always the winners!

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