New years eve is quickly approaching and I know many of you will be hosting parties in your home. When hosting a party, it’s always a good idea to have some bite sized snacks and appetizers. So here I am to inspire you. These goat cheese puff pastry bites are the perfect one bite appetizer that is not only easy to create… but also delightfully tasty for a crowd. Buttery puff pastry with a dollop of tangy goat cheese, honey cinnamon roasted walnuts, salty bacon, fresh rosemary and raw honey… tell me that doesn’t sound amazing?! I promise you, it is delicious. It’ll hard for you and your guest to “just have one” So maybe double the recipe and make a lot!
My #1 tip would be to make sure you push down on the center of the pastry before cooking it. If you don’t push down, the pastry will puff up so high that the dollop of goat cheese will fall right off. So don’t skip this step, it’s important!
Looking for something else to to cook after this delicious appetizer? I’ve got you covered.
GOAT CHEESE PUFF PASTRY BITES
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Yields: 20-25 puff pastry bites
INGREDIENTS for candied walnuts:
- 1 cup walnuts, halves and wholes
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl- mix together honey, salt and cinnamon. Add in walnuts and stir to coat each walnut with the mixture.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Place walnuts on the baking sheet and transfer to the oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20-30 minutes.
- Once cooled, brake apart each walnut and store in a bowl till ready to use.
INGREDIENTS for goat cheese puff pastry:
- 3 slices thick cut bacon, cut into half inch strips and cooked till crispy
- 1 frozen puff pastry, de-thawed
- 3-4 oz.goat cheese
- 1 rosemary sprig, chopped (+ more for decoration,optional)
- Good quality honey
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Roll out the thawed out pastry dough so that it’s half as thick as its original size.
- Use a small circle cookie cutter (I used the rim of a champagne flute) to cut out individual circles. Cut out as many as possible (about 20-25). Place the circles on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Carefully use your finger to press the center of each circle, being careful not to press too hard. This will keep the dough from puffing up in the center when cooking.
- Place a small amount of goat cheese in the center of each circle. Once all the circles are dressed with cheese, place the oven for about 10-12 minutes. When cooked, the cheese should be hot and gooey and the pastry should be golden and crisp on the edges. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving dish or board.
- Top each puff pastry with half a walnut (recipe above), a piece of bacon, a sprinkle of chopped fresh rosemary, and a drizzle of honey.
- Serve warm.