Friday, November 16, 2012

FFWD~Goat-Cheese Mini Puffs

A wonderful appetizer…Goat Cheese Mini Puffs

Happy French Friday everyone!! This week our assignment was for Goat Cheese Mini Puffs.  I’m no stranger to Pâte a Choux (cream puff pastry).  I’ve spent many hours making dozens of puffs and filling them with chicken salad for wedding and baby showers.  I’ve also served many profiteroles in my life. So I did these lovely puffs this morning. They were quite easy, especially using my stand mixer.  I’ve always done them by hand in the past.  Dories method was quick and easy. I think it took me all of twenty minutes…and I’m being generous with the time.  I decided to bake nine of them and freeze the remainder for Thanksgiving!  These puffs were filled with a mixture of equal parts of goat cheese and cream cheese that had been thinned with some heavy cream.  I loved the goat cheese filling and, these will be so lovely to serve on my appetizer table!
This was a great pick for a crazy week! Most of it spent trying to clean up after the storm. I cleaned out two freezers and threw out so much meat, all my berries and veggies that I froze last summer from my garden, and many loaves of bread! Why did I freeze so many loaves of bread?  I will never again leave in October, without cleaning out my freezer.  We were without power for eight days so, everything had to go!  Still, we were very fortunate, when compared to so many in our area that lost so much more.


This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”.  You can also find it  here!  To see what other Doristas are up to, check it out here

From my house to yours Happy Thanksgiving! 

This is everything you need for the puffs except for a ½ cup of water and a ½ cup of milk
Put all the ingredients into a saucepan except the flour and eggs…bring to a boil
Add the cup of flour all at once and beat with wooden spoon until smooth
Put the mixture into the bowl of the mixer and let stand about 1 minute before beating in the eggs…one at a time
Drop by ½ tablespoons onto the baking sheet
Heat oven to 425〫…as soon as you put your tray into the oven turn down to 375〫.  Bake for about 24 min.
Perfect Puffs 
The cheese mixture

So delectable and perfect for any appetizer table
Yum!


30 comments:

  1. Perfect! I'm with you on using the stand mixer ;-)

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  2. Looking good, Kathy! These are a new favorite for me. :)

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  3. Your puffs and filling look perfect!

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  4. In comparison you were lucky, but still it´s hard to throw away so much food. Now you have a clean freezer to stock with these gorgeous little puffs! Perfect to celebrate. Have a great weekend Kathy!

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  5. Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could discover yours. It's so neat to see all the versions of this goat cheese puff. I may have to hold off making these because I'm not sure I can be convinced to share them :)

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  6. Just gorgeous, Kathy! I love that you had to thin the cheese with heavy cream! I'm still off-track, but hope to catch back up with everyone next week.

    I'm sure these will be a hit at yout Thanksgiving table!

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  7. Great idea to add in some green -- thyme? Nice!
    So sorry about the freezer clean out...what a bummer, but, as you said (in effect), count your blessings and try to be there for others. Have a nice weekend!

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  8. These were good, weren't they. I froze some too.

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  9. I froze most of mine too. I didn't think that they would keep very well and there was just two of us. Besides, this close to Thanksgiving, it's good to have some reserves on hand.

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  10. These are beautiful. Great idea to freeze most of the dough.
    I am sorry to hear you had to do so much food tossing - that storm made things so difficult for so many people on so many levels.

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  11. Those sound delicious served with goat cheese!

    I'm sorry you've had to get rid of so much food. But like you said, the outcome could have been so much worse. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  12. Mmmmm...a little fresh thyme would be a nice addition! My freezer is packed to the gills...I think you've inspired me to do some purging :)

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  13. I wish I'd thought to freeze some unbaked puffs. I did think to make a half batch, but there are still more unfilled puffs than two of us can eat.
    I'm sorry you lost so much wonderful food, but I'm very glad that you are safe and relatively undamaged.
    I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving, Kathy!

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  14. These puffs look delicious. You did a fantastic job. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  15. Glad you are recovering from the awful storm. These look SO perfect for Thanksgiving - what a great idea - simply delicious - I've bookmarked them - YUM!
    Mary x

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  16. ery jealous that you got to eat all that.

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  17. I see one problem no one else would get any but ME!

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  18. Great photos...there's nothing better than a simple recipe that speaks volumes in taste.

    Glad you were safe from storm SANDY...though throwing out so much food (I did the same) was a tiny bit painful, it didn't compare to what others endured and still do to this day.

    Carmen

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  19. These puffs look so tasty! I love anything with goat cheese.

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  20. Kathy, you know that your Mini Goat Cheese Puffs look like total perfection, the perfect color, the perfect "puff", just wonderful and the addition of thyme to the goat cheese filling sounds lovely! By the way, freezing some for the Holidays is a great idea - it is always good to have a few appetizers at the ready for those busy days and they do freeze well! So sorry to hear about your eight-day power outage - hope all is well now and /or on the mend!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. What adorable and appetising puffs my friend :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  22. I am playing catch up on comments and while very sad to hear about the storm impact in your area (and the loss of your freezer goodies)- I enjoyed learning of your vacation to New Orleans. Chuckled at your comment about the irony of heading there due to a hurricane. It sounded and looked lovely. Now I really want a Beignet :) Loved the photo of you and your hubby - so sweet. Great job on the goat puffs this week- yours looked just stunning. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours ~

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  23. These are the things one doesn't think about - that most of you,because of the power outage, lost perishables and everything in your freezer and refridgerator. Just because some of you escaped the more devastating damage doesn't mean everyone didn't feel the pain. Even if you had been on the premises, Kathy, could you really have done anything about this? I know it all has to be put into perspective but I know it broke your heart to throw all that, what used to be good food, out. I am so sorry --- for all of you. Your mini-puffs look delicious and I agree with everyone that thinks you were very smart to freeze some. Good idea.

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  24. First, I am sorry that you were in the path of Sandy. How horrible to sit here way down in the So. and just watch everything on T.V. For foodie, when everything in the freezer must go - it's double ouch! I had no idea profiteroles were that easy. They look like so much fun to make and bake up so cute. I will have to keep this in mind. Happy Thanksgiving to you...don't we both have college students coming home?!!

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  25. Kathy, thanks for showing your successful step-by-step method of making these scrumptious little savory cheese puffs. (I bookmarked it to try soon)...love, love, your mini savory puffs with the goat cheese filling. So perfect for the holiday appetizers; you would not have to serve any other appetizers just making sure to double this yummy batch! Absolutely beautiful result:) Have a wonderful Sunday, me dear friend:D

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  26. Perfection on every level :). So sorry about the frozen goods you had to throw away :( It happened to me once and it broke my heart I was crying the whole time I was cleaning the freezer....

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  27. How unfortunate that you threw away all this food! The puffs look absolutely perfect for the coming feasts!

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  28. It's so handy that this recipe allowed us to bake a few puffs and then freeze the rest for the upcoming holidays! Yours look beautiful and I'm sure your Thanksgiving guests will love them. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  29. I have never had a savoury puff before and goat cheese filling does sound totally delectable!

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  30. Your puffs look fabulous, Kathy! I didn't get a chance to make these last week, but am planning to make them for Thanksgiving. I am so sorry that you had to throw away all that food especially the food from your garden.

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