Home           Twitter           Meet Tanantha           Featured On

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pear and Goat cheese Pouches


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
Yield: 20

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

Follow tananthap on Twitter


~Lisa~ said...

I love this T! And thanks for the shout out on the reindeer cupcakes (= I have some filo in the freezer and this sounds perfect for it. My resolution, to speak more in Korean to my son. Thats it, at least for now. Hope your 2011 is going great!

Faith said...

A very happy New Year to you too! I know, I can't believe 2010 went by so fast. So excited about ski season...very cool that you're a snowboarder, I would love to learn how to do that! The pear and goat cheese pouches are a really great combination of they're so pretty! Definitely the perfect start to any meal. :)

Marisa said...

Hapy New Year Tanantha! These sound excellent. I love smooth tangy goat cheese with something bright and crispy like pears or apples--especially when they are warm. Beautiful hor d'oevres on Christmas!

Roxan said...

T! So glad you made the easy-peasy chocolate pretzels. Aren't they so cute? I bagged them up and gave them to my coworkers as gifts. I think they really liked the salty sweet combo :)

Post pictures of your snowboarding trips!!! And while you're at it, post pictures of your thailand trip. I've been stalking - every few days or so I'll check your facebook to see if they've been posted yet ;]

Happy new year, T! Come visit LA!

lequan said...

Happy New Year, Tanantha! 2010 went by so fast didn't it? I ski, but have never tried boarding. Hope to do so one day so I can keep up with the cool kids...teehee.

We didn't host a new years party. We're in Vancouver visiting my in-laws. Was planning to visit Seattle, but then realized that my passport already expired...sigh. It would've been nice to try to have a coffee with you or something.

I'm loving your pear and goat cheese pouches, they sound scrumptious. I'm sure your in-laws enjoyed them very much. Crispy, sweet deliciousness :-P

andyrite said...

That's one of Gramma's china plates on main picture of these pouches! Those dishes are really really old, like 100 years. She'll be excited to know her china is now in the blogosphere!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks very tempting n perfect

Victoria said...

Although filo dough can be a pain, I generally love the final results! Crispy, buttery, and in this case filled with sweet and tangy deliciousness :) I love bring dessert flavors into appetizers with fruits and cheeses. Very nice :)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Tanantha !!

I love goat cheese, is probably one of my top 5 favorite cheeses and combining it with spicy pear it just can't go wrong. thanks for sharing.
Hope you're having a wonderful day

Anonymous said...

somehow I can't post comments using my account, but just anonymous as I did earlier hmmm.

Green Girl @ A little bit of everything

Angie's Recipes said...

Pear and goat cheese...mmmm...what a terrific combination of flavours! They look picture perfect.

Anonymous said...

These are such delightful little bites - the pear and goat cheese combo sounds wonderful, perfect wrapped in phyllo!

Lazaro Cooks! said...


Lovely job with these pouches. Love it. Wish I could have tried some. My new years resolution is to try more I Just Love My Apron recipes.

Be good!

Magic of Spice said...

These are fantastic appetizers, and they look so pretty...and I just happen to have some phyllo dough leftover :) Hope you are having an amazing 2011!

Monet said...

Happy New Year, sweet girl! We hosted a New Years Day brunch. It was lovely. I so enjoyed seeing your New Year festivities. What a wonderful spread! And these pouches? They sound delicious. I love the combination of pears and goat cheese. Thank you for sharing this tasty and recipe with me. Sweet dreams, my friend! And yay for more books!

Jessie said...

Oh, boy, I want to come to a party at your place! What's a better combo than goat cheese and pear, especially with sugar and spice?? I'll bet your guests were falling over themselves to gobble down your cheese and pear pouches and melon and prosciutto.

I totally agree: 2010 was SO fast! Where did the year go? Time just seems to be moving faster and faster :P

Happy New Year, Tanantha!

Stella said...

Ooh, those are some pretty pouches, Tanantha! They sound so good too. I think I can imagine the tangy goat cheese with the sweet pear. I'm sure the toasty, flaky phyllo doesn't hurt the situation either;-)
By the way, I think you can most likely keep your resolution. Especially if you just schedule a time to post and then a time to comment. I'm actually trying to do that too (smile). Sometimes I feel bad for getting behind on other people's posts, but I always catch up to let them know I love their stuff:-) Yeah...

She's Cookin' said...

Pear and goat cheese in cute little phyllo poufs - such delightful flavors - what's not to like? You know my resolutions are along the same line as yours :)

Pacheco Patty said...

Hi Tanantha!
Happy New Year to you. I love these little pear and goat cheese pouches for a perfect appetizer to ring in the new year. How did you like the pear cake? Now I'm curious??
Thanks for the mention. I'm still on vacation and will be back to my blog soon. I wanted to check in and see what you've been busy making in the new year. Best wishes to you, Patty

Pam said...

Great job with the pouches! They sound and look delicious with the phyllo and goat cheese. Awesome appetizer!

denise @ bread expectations said...

Hi Tanantha - somehow, I missed these gorgeous treats before!! I love pear and while I'm still learning to love blue cheese, I wouldn't hesitate to try these lovely morsels!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to my father who stated to me concerning this web
site, this website is in fact remarkable.

My blog post outlook email templates

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...