Friday, November 16, 2012

Goat Cheese Mini Puffs

Lovely and delicious !

Per Nana~

This week's recipe from "Around My French Table" is goat-cheese 
mini puffs. Much practice is needed on my part to perfect a cream
 puff that looks like a puff, but I am going to keep trying.
The recipe was fun  and the filling was so delicious.
I used a garlic flavored goat cheese mixed with the cream
 cheese and cream. Even though my puffs came out in different 
shapes and sizes they were good.

After filling about 24 puffs, ( a messy job all by itself)  I decided to 
share some with Tricia's family.  As much as we loved them, I could 
not see eating that many.
These little morsels would be great to serve with a glass of wine, and 
the delicious herbed olives selected for next week's entry.

Per Tricia~
Spoiler alert. Nana made these ahead of time and shared them with
 my guys. My older son declared-"wow. I like these way more than I should"
...which struck me as an odd, yet very positive declaration on a Dorie recipe.  
Needless to say, I was then on the hook to make some myself this week. 
 The recipe is a few steps but if I would get  organized and keep some of 
these in the freezer ready to bake, it would really be a spectacular treat.  
I would definitely make these for company (but ahead of time)
 since they were yummy as well as impressive looking.
I am also sharing belated photos from our recent trip to Vermont - 
at least the "foodie" side, plus our new addition........

Cafe Provence in Brandon, Vt- amazing restaurant with cooking classes.

Small town ambiance. And great French food !

The kitchen where my son and I took a class. Each demo was so delicious we then went to the restaurant for a full meal :)

Cider Donuts en route to Saratoga New York. A fall "must".
Can't get  'em any fresher !

The Orchard was packed- we lucked onto a true cider donut destination at the height of the season !

Orchard treats

Functional and adorable signs at local farms, showing their wares.

Amazing local market- best bacon ever, and ham, and cob smoked kielbasa...and so on. Love.

Recent addition- "Oliver"

Curious pug- note the protective eye gear for kitten greeting :)
                                        Happy French Friday !


  1. Beautiful puffs & well done by all!

    You were in Saratoga??? I wish I had known - that is literally my backyard...

  2. Love your son's reaction, Tricia - priceless. :)

  3. I love how golden your puffs turned out. Fantastic!

  4. Ladies, Both of your puffs look wonderful! I agree, they were so delicious! Love, love your new kitty and your Pug! So cute!!

  5. Yay for puffs being loved universally! And love your new addition, Oliver!!!

  6. I agree, fiddly to make, but darn tasty. I think your puffs look great. And your new kitty is adorable.

  7. Both of you made great looking puffs. Love your Vermont photos Tricia.

  8. The recipe definitely makes more than one household can eat. They're rich, but delicious. Great looking puffs, though the cider donuts look pretty good too. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Nana and Tricia: your Mini Goat Cheese Gougères look wonderful and I love the presentation on the lovely square platter. Garlic flavored goat cheese sounds like a terrific idea too, I will keep that in mind next time I am making these. They are terrific as appetizers especially for the upcoming holidays!
    Great post with a lot of wonderful pictures - have a good weekend!

  10. Looks like a fun trip Tricia! Thanks for sharing a few photos- fresh donuts, yum!!!
    Looks like you had fun with your mini goat cheese puffs- I know ours were a bit hit;-) I would say this was a very successful recipe from AMFT that I will be making again soon;-)

  11. Hello ladies! Those puffs look great, so does the trip you took!

    I just wanted to stop by and say, you two could probably split up the christmas card list if you both were still interested in participating. right now, the count is no higher than 25 people and if you both split that, it would be pretty manageable. :) Only if you want to do it though, no pressure - this is just for some holiday fun and certainly not required! Just enjoy the holidays! :)

    1. You are too sweet. Looks like we are in but I will contact you directly. 25 is a lot more manageable than 200 and we "know" our 25 Doristas so well it would be wonderful fun. THANK YOU for organizing this.

  12. You know I'm a sucker for cats! You didn't? Well now you know so please more photos of Oliver in your next posts :) The puffs are gorgeous (both of them) and the pug is so funny with his protective goggles!! If I ever were to get a dog it would have been a pug! I just love them, they are like cats...hi hi hi

  13. Welcome back, Tricia. It was good to hear from you. I am glad your son "forced" you to bake these goat cheese mini-puffs. Nana complained that her puffs were not uniform in size but they looked just like my puffs and I was fine with them. Both of your efforts look delicious. Thank you for sharing your Vermont pictures with us. And, also the picture of the newest addition to your family. Love the specs on the Pug. I realize Life gets in the way but I am glad to have you back.

  14. You mini puffs look fantastic!
    They are far too easy to keep popping in your mouth and eating.

    Vermont pics are great, love to see places I've never been to and the donuts look sooo good!

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