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Desperate to find Klein's/Johnny Lounder type garlic puffs

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  • kammy Oct 8, 2001 07:30 PM
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Hi, Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 60s my family loved the appetizer puffs full of garlic flavor that were like fried doughnut holes at Klein's in downtown Pittsburgh. Kleins is no longer and my dad, now in his 80s, still remembers them. Johnny Lounder's had similar puffs. I am going to Pittsburgh in November and would love to take him somewhere where we could find them again, or I would love a recipe so I could make them for him for his birthday. They resemble doughnut holes and are very, very garlickly. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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  1. I have a couple of suggestions for you (I vaguely remember those puffs) - I don't know if anyone in the 'burgh is still serving them, but why don't you try experimenting a bit? You could do a choux pastry (use a recipe for cream puff dough) and add finely minced raw or even sauteed garlic, maybe a little parmesan and a flick of cayenne, and then make tiny puffs. Or try a beignet batter, and add the same flavors, then deep fry. Hope this helps.

    1. Soprano's in the strip has someone who worked at Klein's and their garlic puffs are the real deal. The other food is nothing to write home about, so we just go in for drinks and garlic puffs at the bar!