[French] plural allumettes

"Matchsticks." Puff pastry strips, cut into "matchsticks"and baked. They are often spread with forcemeat or flavoured butter and topped with savoury titbits, such as anchovies, cheese, olives or shrimps and served as appetisers. It is also the name for fried matchstick potatoes. Can also be spread with royal icing, baked and served as little cakes.