Cranberry Goat Cheese & Herb “Hot Pockets”

20 Nov

Cranberry Goat Cheese & Herb Hot Pockets

Makes 24

It’s simple for you to bring the elegance up a notch at a party without seeming too pretentious.  Yep—that was you drinking the Pinot Gris at the kegger in college.   Well played, by the way.  Just like your college self, it’s only natural for you whip up hors d’oeuvres that shout, “I’m chic but I’m kicking it old school,” like Cranberry Goat Cheese & Herb “Hot Pockets.”

Ingredients:

2 sheets purchased puff pastry

½ C. (about ½ log) purchased cranberry chevre

¼ C. fresh sage, finely chopped

¼ C. fresh rosemary, finely chopped

¼ C. plus 2 Tbsp. cold water

1 egg yolk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Thaw puff pastry for 10 minutes.  Dust a large cutting board and puff pastry with flour.  Have reserve flour handy to prevent any stickiness. Roll pastry dough out slightly, so that it gains about one inch on all sides.  Repeat with second sheet.

Turn the pastry dough so it is horizontal when you’re facing it.  Cut dough into 2-inch columns, then cut one inch-rows.  You should wind up with eight 2”W x 1”H pieces per column, give or take.  Four of those will be the bottom half, the other four, the tops to your hot pockets.

To assemble hot pockets, have ¼ C. cold water handy.  Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the bottom halves with water—that’s your “glue.”  Place a generous amount of chevre and sprinkle with herbs.  Cover completely with top half and reinforce with your fingers or a fork.

Lightly whisk egg yolk in a small bowl with remaining 2 Tbsp. cold water.  Set aside.  Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Line your hot pockets in six rows of four.  Brush with egg wash and bake for 15 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly before serving.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: Goat cheese is lower in calories and fat than cheese made from cow’s milk.  It’s also an excellent source of protein and calcium, which means it helps boost your metabolism, thus helping you maintain a healthy body weight.

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