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Feb 8, 2008 09:15 AM

mushrooms + goat cheese + (what) = puff pastry bites

I bought some new goat cheese (soignon, from France) the other day & it is mild, soft and creamy, not chalky (for the lack of a better word). I thought this may be nice to stuff inside pastry bites along with sauteed mushrooms. However, I think it needs some kind of a sweet addition. Perhaps a small dollop of roasted tomato chutney or cranberry? I would like to purchase this at either our local "gourmet" store or Whole Foods. Please advise as I don't usually cook with cheese other than perhaps baked brie. Thanks!!

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  1. I just made a recipe last night for a filling for a sandwich which was caramelized onions, mushrooms, garlic, willted greens, and goat cheese. I served it as the inside to a grilled goat cheese sandwich and a filling for potato skins. Very tasty. You could use it as the stuffing for your puff pastry.

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    1. As per eatmyfood's suggestion, caramelized onions would be a natural addition to the mushroom/goat cheese combo. As an alternative, you could drizzle some balsamic reduction over each piece (cook it down with some browned butter, add S&P if you wish). Then add just the tiniest partial sprig of thyme on top.

      1. Caramelized onions, chutney or jam and thyme...thyme really goes well with mushrooms ;-)

        1. Thank you for your suggestions. I decided to try two versions, one with carmelized onions and the other with a tomato chutney I picked up at the store. I had a hec of a time trying to make small, open-faced, pastry bites in trying to fold the pastry upward to make sure cheese or chutney doesn't ooze out. Tried to keep it small as puff pastry is filling. The carmelized onions version came out okay as the onions weren't sweet enough, I think I sliced them too thin (came out wispy); furthermore, they ended up crisping a bit in the oven. The chutney version however was a success. Everyone at the casual get together loved it! I used Suneeta's brand "Tomato Passion", a sweet/spicy tomato chutney flavored with cinnamon, cloves, garlic, etc.

          Eatmyfood, looked at your blog & will definitely reference in the future. Liked your idea of the Southern BBQ'd Nachos & I would love to try a twist on that with my new found chutney.

          1. Next time, make your pastry bites in a mini muffin pan. Cut the pastry in small squares, line the muffin cups with pastry, and then fill with whatever you would like. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 - 15 minutes.

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