Mini Puffs with Goat Cheese and Herbs

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Yield: 2 dozen puffs Prep 35 mins Bake 375°F 20 mins to 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup  water
  • 1/4 cup  milk
  • 1/4 cup  butter or margarine, cut up
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 1 3 ounce package cream cheese with chives, softened
  • 1 3 ounce log goat cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons  milk
  • 1 tablespoon  chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons  chipped fresh dill or basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper
  • Dill sprigs, for garnish

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Grease a cookie sheet. Set aside. For pastry, bring the water, milk, butter, salt, and nutmeg to a boil in a large saucepan, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Add 2 of the eggs, 1 at a time, stirring vigorously with the spoon until a stiff batter is formed. Spoon batter into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip.

2. Pipe twenty-four 1-inch puffs (or spoon batter with a rounded measuring teaspoon) 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheet. Lightly beat the remaining egg and brush over tops of puffs. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool. (Can be made ahead. Cover and freeze up to 2 weeks. Thaw at room temperature 30 minutes.) Slice puffs in half horizontally with a serrated knife. Remove any soft dough from centers.

3. For filling, beat the cream cheese, goat cheese, and milk in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the parsley, dill, and pepper and mix well. Pipe filling with a pastry bag, or spread a scant tablespoon mixture, in bottom half of each puff. Replace tops. (Can be made ahead. Cover and freeze in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven 10 minutes.) Garnish with dill, if desired. Makes 2 dozen puffs.

Nutrition Facts

  • cal.(kcal)65,
  • Fat, total(g)5,
  • chol.(mg)39,
  • sat. fat(g)3,
  • carb.(g)3,
  • pro.(g)2,
  • sodium(mg)69,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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