Cheesy Cranberry Sauce Puffs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | July 15th, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
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Cranberry sauce gets its chance to shine as the star ingredient with these cheesy cranberry sauce puffs.

cranberry sauce and cream cheese filled puff pastry

Cheesy Cranberry Sauce Puffs

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Cranberry sauce- key to a simple snack!

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Course Appetizer

Servings 6

Ingredients

  

  • 2 sheets puff pastry defrosted
  • 6 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup homemade cranberry sauce

Instructions

 

  • Preheat the oven to 400.
  • Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  • On a well-floured surface roll each puff pastry sheet into a 10”x15” rectangle.
  • Cut each sheet into 9 rectangles, each measuring 3-1/3”x5”.
  • Spread 3/4 tablespoon of goat cheese on one half of each pastry rectangle, leaving 1/2” margins.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of sugar over the goat cheese.
  • Top with 3/4 tablespoon of cranberry sauce.
  • Using a pastry brush or your fingertips, wet the edges of the pastry with water.
  • Fold unfilled side over topping; seal edges firmly.
  • Transfer filled pastries to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 14 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

Notes

WARNING: The filling is incredibly hot. It is best to let them cool for a few minutes before eating.

Keyword cranberry sauce, puff pastry

Cranberry sauce- it’s almost always viewed as a sidekick. Whether it’s being paired with roast turkey or chicken pot pie, cranberry sauce is an add-on. If you’re a fan of cranberry sauce, as I am, it’s time for it to be the star of the show. Give these Cheesy Cranberry Sauce Puffs a try. You’ll see what a star cranberry sauce can be.

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in November 2019, keep reading.

When you get a pizza fresh from the oven, what’s your first instinct? Grab a slice, and take a bite. And then what happens? You burn the roof of your mouth, the tip of your tongue, or both. Yep, the siren song of pizza is so strong that many a person has suffered burns due to the hot, melty cheese

What does that have to do with Cheesy Cranberry Sauce Puffs? Everything. When I made my first test batch, I did what I always do and sampled it. To make sure that I got a good amount of filling in my bite I cut the puff in half and bit into the middle. And then I burnt my tongue on the incredibly hot cranberry sauce.

For the second round of recipe testing, my husband was home as well. So, as I pulled the tray of puffs from the oven, I warned him that he should let them cool a bit before eating. Although I’d warned my husband, once again, I bit a minute or two sooner than I should have. This time it was just a twinge of pain, but still I should have known better.

While no one enjoys burning the inside of her mouth, now is a critical time for me not to do so. As I am nearing the end of my WSET Level 3 course, I am busily studying and working on tasting wines. And guess what? When you have a burn on your tongue it diminishes your ability to taste.

Thus, I am trying to be extra careful with hot foods and drinks. I have even wondered if in the day or two before my exam I should skip hot coffee, soup, etc. until after the exam. It seems like a wise choice to me, especially as someone who’d rather have a chilled soup than a hot soup served lukewarm.

My exam is scheduled for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. That means if there’s leftover cranberry sauce at my house, I either won’t be making these puffs or will need a firm reminder to LET THEM SIT for at least 15 minutes after baking. If you wait that long, you’ll be rewarded.

Final and very important note: These puffs are very yummy. Possibly worth burning your tongue for.

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