These party-approved puff pastry appetizers are filled with goat cheese, spinach and mushrooms. They are a great vegetarian option for entertaining and are beyond delicious!
Can you believe that Christmas is upon us? Our family makes a big to do about Christmas food. Not just a big Christmas dinner, but lots of bite-sized appetizers on Christmas Eve.
Dips, finger foods, and now these beyond delicious Goat Cheese & Mushroom Puff Pastry Appetizers.
I'm not sure why it took me so long to discover the delights of puff pastry. Using puff pastry sheets is an easy way to make a recipe seem fancy--those golden, crispy & buttery layers!-- when in reality you just took a pre-made frozen sheet and stuffed it with a 15-minute mushroom filling.
Because you can make this recipe quickly, it is a great no-fuss option for holiday parties.
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Goat cheese: The flavor of goat cheese stands on its own and provides a lot of the depth of these pastries. We will use plain, but feel free to get creative with other flavors (herb, honey, etc.). If you aren't a fan of goat cheese, try an equal amount of shredded mozzarella.
Baby bella mushrooms: You can also use white or crimini mushrooms, but I like the rich flavor of baby bella mushrooms best with goat cheese.
Frozen spinach: We will use thawed chopped frozen spinach. Frozen spinach contains a lot of liquid, so make sure to squeeeeze it out before adding to the rest of the mixture.
Shallots: Sweet, mild and with a hint of garlic, shallots are diced up fine and sauteed with mushrooms and garlic for a simple but flavorful combination.
Garlic: Minced and added for the flavor! We will also add a little bit of salt, of course.
How to make
Start by heating olive oil in a medium pan (these are the pans that I use and love) over medium heat. Once hot, add shallots and diced mushrooms.
Saute until the mushrooms have released their juices, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and saute a minute more, until golden.
Transfer mushroom mixture to a heat safe mixing bowl. Stir in the goat cheese and thawed spinach.
Note: To thaw the spinach, heat in the microwave until room temp (this usually takes about 1.5 minutes). Make sure to squeeze out any excess liquid from the spinach.
Cover and transfer to the fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes. You want the mixture to be cool to touch.
Assembling the pastries
Remove puff pastry from the freezer and let thaw according to package instructions (usually it will take ~15 minutes for the pastry to be pliable).
Use kitchen scissors or a chef's knife to slice into 2 x 3 inch rectangles (see photos below for reference).
Lightly spray a 24 count mini muffin pan with oil to prevent the pastries from sticking.
Pat each pastry square into a muffin tin. Fill with ~2 teaspoons (a scant tablespoon) of filling. Fold pastry corners into the center, pinching to close (if they aren't staying closed, use a drop of water to seal the edges).
If you don't have a mini muffin tin, slice the puff pastry to fit a regular sized tin (it will be about double in size). Double the amount of filling per pastry.
Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until golden brown. Turn out of the muffin pan and cool on a cooling rack.
Can I make this recipe in advance?
You can make the goat cheese and mixture 24-48 hours ahead. Prep the puff pastry in advance by slicing it into 2 x 3 inch pieces, then refreezing.
This way when you are ready to make the recipe you will only need to thaw the puff pastry, add the filling, and bake!
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