Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Pear & Gorgonzola Puffs


I was invited to a friend's dinner party and I wanted to create something tasty and fun, but also a small enough bite for an hors d'oeuvre. I remembered going to a restaurant in Newport Beach that had a gorgonzola & pear ravioli dish, making for a great combination but with little texture.  I thought, hmm, this could make for a tasty pairing for...a puff. With some modifications and a small number of ingredients, the sweet and tart flavors came together nicely for this simple side with subtle levels...

Pear and Gorgonzola Puffs
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
20 Puffs

1/2 cup White Wine
1 Pear, Medium, Small Cubes
1/2 Cup Gorgonzola Cheese, Room Temperature
1/2 Tbsp Butter, Melted

1 Puff Pastry Sheet

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat wine to boiling in a small shallow pan. Blanch pear cubes in wine for about 1-2 minutes and remove to an ice cold water bath. Set wine aside. Remove pears from bath (drain water) and fold with gorgonzola. Cut pastry sheet into 20 triangles and melt butter with a tablespoon of the remaining white wine. Place a small spoonful of the gorgonzola/pear mixture in the center of the triangle, lightly butter one "wing", and fold with the other to fasten. The dish will appear similar to a mini-crown. Cook time: 15-18 minutes at 400 degrees or until pastry is golden brown.

Tip: The cheese adds enough salty and the wine adds a mild flavor, but if you're looking to add yet another layer, put a spoonful of rosemary in the wine as it boils. The rosemary will infuse and when you pull it to mix with the butter, it brings in a tasty element.

Nutrition Info: 1 Serving
Calories: 69, Fat: 4.4g, Sat. Fat: 2.6g, Cholest.: 3.3mg, Sodium: 80.2mg, Carb.: 5.4g, Fiber 0.2g, Sugars: 0.7g, Protein: 1.5g

One Response so far.

  1. Andrew Y. says:

    Quick, easy, & tasty! Gorgonzola and other aged cheeses pack a great flavor for these types of dishes.

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