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Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Thanksgiving crept up on me really quickly, and I was completely unprepared for the holiday. Well, not this time!

With those other holidays coming up (anyone else notice that the 25 days of Christmas have already started?), I decided to put together three easy & cheesy bites to help alleviate the stress and prep of holiday entertaining.

Goat Cheese & Apple Tartlets
These are a light and flaky treat that will delight your guests, and leave you with plenty of time to enjoy happy hour.

    Directions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Roll out the room temperature puff pastry dough
  • Cut the dough into squares (or triangles)
  • Crack the egg into a separate bowl, add the milk, and mix well
  • Spread the egg mixture on the top of the puff pastry dough
  • Bake for about 10 minutes on the top rack, until they golden brown
  • While baking, cut the apples into thin slices
  • Spread the goat cheese onto the puff pastry
  • Add the apple slices
  • Bake for approximately 3 minutes (until cheese is melted and pastry dough is golden brown)
  • Add just a touch of honey (optional)
  • Serve and enjoy!

Goat Cheese & Fig Jam Crostini
IMG_0798 edited I love this bite; it is a great contrast of sweet, salty, crunchy, and even creamy components. I think it’s the best way to start a meal, and a great bite to make before guests start arriving.

    Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Bake the bread for about 20 minutes
  • Cut the bread in ½-inch pieces
  • Liberally spread the goat cheese on the crostini
  • Spread the fig jam onto the crostini
  • Place the cut prosciutto on top of the crostini
  • Serve and enjoy!

Time-Saving Tip: You can also use goat cheese that is already combined with jam such as this Coach Farm Goat Cheese.

Mini Brie en Croute baked brie
Last year I experimented with Baked Brie, and it was a hit! Friends requested that I repeat it this year and even asked for the recipe. So instead of doing the exact same thing, I tweaked my recipe and decided to share it with you.

    Directions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Roll out the puff pastry dough
  • Cut the dough into squares (or triangles)
  • Cut the brie into small pieces (enough to not leak out of the dough)
  • Placed the brie in the middle of the puff pastry and add dried cranberries
  • Lightly drizzle honey onto the cranberry & brie
  • Crack the egg into a separate bowl, add the milk
  • Lightly spread the egg mixture onto the edges of the puff pastry dough
  • Fold the dough over the brie to create little packets
  • Lightly spread the egg mixture over the top of the “packets”
  • Bake in the oven for about 15  minutes, until golden brown
  • Serve and enjoy!

Salute!
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