Happy 2011 Everyone!
Can you believe 2010 is over? Time flew fast.
I've set my New Year's resolution to spend less time on a computer and more on books. I know it's self-conflicting with blogging but I think I can handle both. What's your New Year's resolution?
I've seen so many great delicious recipes on the blogosphere and they always make me hungry. Not only is the beginning of the year a New Year celebration, but it's also ski/snowboard season! This year is expected to be a colder and longer winter. Although I'm just an okay boarder, I'm excited.
Speaking of New Years, did any of you host a New Year's Eve party? I did. It was fun to have good food with good company. I made Patty's pear upside down cake with a little tweak, (Patty's Food) Roxan's pretzel hershey (Kitchen Meditation), and Lisa's Rudolfph cupcakes (Korean American Mommy) which I will share in the next post.
Before going into that, I'd like to share an elegant, easy, and delicious hor d'oeuvres I made for Christmas for my in-laws. The only downside is that it's time consuming. Believe me it's worth it. I got the recipe when I took a Le Cordon Bleu cooking class. In fact, I cut the phyllo sheet a little too short so the pouch doesn't look tall and fluffy.
Pear and Goat Cheese Pouches
2-3 pears, peeled, cored, and chopped into small cubes. I used Bosc and Barrett.
2 logs chevre or goat cheese, plain flavor.
Heavy cream to thin as needed (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
2 boxes phyllo dough, thaw if needed.
1 stick butter, melted.
- Toss pears in spices and sugar.
- Smooth cheese with cream to thin until creamy.
- Lay out phyllo dough carefully. It's torn apart easily. Be careful not to tear them. If you do, just replace with a new sheet.
- Brush one sheet with melted butter and lay another sheet on top, then brush that sheet with butter.
- Repeat the second step until you have 4 sheets and brush butter on top of the 4th sheet.
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Cut phyllo into 3"x4" square. I used a pizza cutter to cut it.
- Place about 1 tbs of pear and 1 tbs of goat cheese in the middle of cut square. If it's too much, you can adjust the amount. I ended up with 1/2 tbs of pear and 1/2 tbs of cheese.
- Use your hand and fingers to pinch the dough making a pouch.
- Place them on prepared baking sheet.
- Brush the outside pouches with melted butter.
- Bake at 400 F for 12-15 mins until golden brown.
|I also made melon prosciutto bites from my blog|
|The Hor D'oeuvres's table|