Sunday, November 1, 2009

-- The Wonders of Puff Pastry --

Puff pastry is one of those things you always want to have handy. It can be used to create endless entrees and/or appetizers. When using puff pasty, plan will need to thaw it at room temperature for 30 minutes.

I love coming up with simple appetizers for dinner parties and other events. Puff pastry is perfect for this. It's flaky, buttery taste is a great base for any kind of filling; sweet or salty.

I made these mushroom and goat cheese pasty puffs for a birthday party. Within 15 minutes, they were gone! So easy, tasty and unique. Give them a try for your next party.

Mushroom & Goat Cheese Pastry Puffs

1 puff pastry sheet (packages have 2)
1 large container of mushrooms
Goat Cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon minced garlic

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the puff pastry using a sharp knife into 2x2 squares. Place the squares in a mini muffin pan pressing down the centers to make small baskets. Using a fork, poke small holes in the base of the baskets. Bake until the edges are golden. Approximately 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool.

In a large pan, melt the butter. Add garlic, herbs and mushrooms. Saute on medium-high heat until the mushrooms are tender and golden. If you would like, add a couple of tablespoons of white wine. If you don't have any readily available, omit.

Place the puff pastry baskets on a serving platter. Using a knife, cut out a circle in the middle of each, in order to make a small cavity for the mushroom filling. Add warm mushroom mix and sprinkle with goat cheese. Serve immediately.
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