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I need ideas for inside a puff

icey Dec 22, 2006 02:54 PM

I want to make pate a choux and fill it with a savory something or other...any ideas? It will be an app for Christmas day lunch. We are having Lamb and Pork Roast as our mains. Please dont go to ecclectic with the ideas as my family has quite conservative tastes (EKKK!!!)
Thanks and Merry Christmas to all! Happy Chowing!

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    sally from LA Dec 22, 2006 02:59 PM

    asparagus and cheese?

    1. hotoynoodle Dec 22, 2006 03:00 PM

      you can mix gruyere into the batter and make gougeres. easy.

      1. pescatarian Dec 22, 2006 03:04 PM

        How about a savoury mushroom filling?

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          aktivistin Dec 22, 2006 03:06 PM

          Goat cheese, black tapenade and basil (or other herb)?

          1. icey Dec 22, 2006 03:07 PM

            OOO, all of the above sound great!! What do you guys think of a smoked salmon mousse? When you make gougeres, do you fill them with anything?

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              Andiereid Dec 22, 2006 04:30 PM

              I did smoked salmon puffs for our holiday dinner as an app. There's a recipe on Food and Wine for them. They went over very well.

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                MakingSense Dec 22, 2006 04:42 PM

                Gougeres - just plain. And plain wonderful!
                Smoked salmon mousse sounds great! You are on the right track!
                I love little cream puffs. The ideal cocktail party food. Cheap, easy, make ahead, improvise a savory filling with something that will hold and not get soggy at room temperature. Everybody thinks they are fancy and elegant.
                And they make wonderful desserts. Hot or cold. With or without sauce.

              2. Candy Dec 22, 2006 03:14 PM

                I like a shrimp salad filling in mine.

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                  vicarious Dec 22, 2006 08:11 PM

                  Our family used to do them with crab salad.

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                  ExercisetoEat Dec 22, 2006 04:36 PM

                  Just made a recipe off of epicurious which makes pinwheels out of puff, prociutto, gruyere, and basil. I still need to bake them, but they look delicious!

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                    kobetobiko Dec 22, 2006 04:40 PM

                    How about mashed potato with bacon and cheese filling? I also think that savoury mushroom filling (from pescatarian) is a great idea.

                    It will be great if it somehow matches your entrees. If you already have meat and potatoes in your entrees, then I will go for something veggies or seafood, or something lighter as a starter.

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                      kobetobiko Dec 22, 2006 05:03 PM

                      One more idea just came up. You can have creamed spinach + bits of sundried tomato as filling. It is not too filling and the green and red colors echo your Christmas theme!

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                      mochimunchie Dec 22, 2006 04:44 PM

                      Last weekend I filled puffs with truffled egg salad. It was a big hit.

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