When it comes to dinners or lunches with friends or family, we have a whole ritual in France when it comes to food. A typical meal would start with an apéro which is the part where we eat hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a glass of wine before the meal, then we all move to the table to enjoy our lunch or dinner which always includes an appetizer, main dish, cheese and salad and dessert with coffee. Appetizers in France are always quite light as there is a lot more food to eat so a typical appetizer will include salad and something on top and puff pastries are very common! Puff pastries are the perfect appetizers because you can put anything in it and they are easy and quick to make which allows you to spend more time on the rest of the food preparations.
The puff pastry I’m sharing with you today is a classic but also perfect for the season. In these puff pastry squares, I added some goat cheese, pear, honey, walnuts and rosemary. I decided to use a pear bosc as they keep their shape when baked but you can use any pear you’d like. These are delicious combinations and if you like strong cheese I advise you to use a stronger goat cheese or even blue cheese or Gorgonzola. Unfortunately as I’m the only one who likes strong cheese at home I had to use a fresh goat cheese but I assure you that it’s very good too and it’s more likely to please everyone. I always serve the puff pastries with a salad as it balances the warmth and richness of the puff pastries very well. They also make a great dinner as you can freeze them and take them out when you don’t have time or just don’t want to cook.
Ingredients (for 8 puff pastry):
- 2 rectangle puff pastries
- 150 g goat cheese
- 1 pear bosc
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- Fresh rosemary
- 2 egg yolks
- Salt & ground black pepper to taste
1- Peel and dice the pear and crush the walnuts. To make it easier you can put the walnuts in a zip bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Preheat the oven at 390 F (200 C)
2- Cut each puff pastry into 4 so you get 4 squares on each.
3- In the center, place a full teaspoon of goat cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon or 2 of diced pear, some crushed walnuts, salt, ground black pepper and some fresh rosemary.
4- To close the puff pastries, fold 2 opposite sides and press their ends together. Repeat with the other opposite sides and seal them together. Then press the other sides to seal. Make sure the puff pastry is well closed and that there are no holes. Brush with the egg yolks.
5- Place the puff pastries on a baking sheet and bake for 25 min.
These puff pastries make a great appetizer and are best placed on a bed of salad. It’s very easy and also very quick to make so if you’re running out of time it will be perfect for you! I find that it also makes a great dinner.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment what you think about this recipe and if you liked it.