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Easy French Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Stacks

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These Easy French Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Stacks made with creamy Mothais-sur-Feuille could definitely become a conversation starter and a favorite at your next holiday gathering, or anytime gathering!

Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Stacks

As teenagers, most of us have had our share of crazy or strange (or, in some cases, crazy and strange) moments – right?
Well, many, many moons ago when I was a teenager, I was crazy for Morten Harket, the lead singer of a group called A-Ha! If you happen to be a fan of Eighties music then you’ve probably seen his gorgeous mug on the music video to “Take on Me.” Well, back then, in a Google-less world, I perused every magazine I could get my hands on to find out what foods he ate. You might be thinking that’s so odd… and yes, I agree…am still not sure what I was thinking back then… except… maybe… once a foodie, always a foodie?

Goat Cheese Of France

Well… it was during this strange obsession of mine, that I was introduced to goat cheese. I mean, if Morten (yes, in my world, we were on a first name basis) could enjoy it, so could I! And, enjoy it I did back then on toast and crackers. At times, even choosing to spend the money I earned from tutoring on small batches of goat cheese that I hid in the back of the fridge so my sis wouldn’t find it.

Puff Pastry Stacks Prep
Puff Pastry Stacks

Well… eventually I graduated from crushing on Mr. Harket (who, BTW, still happens to be releasing singles) and goat cheese on toast and crackers to appreciating just his music and enjoying goat cheese in these Goat Cheese & Beetroot Puff Pastry Stacks! You could use pre-made puff pastry shells or make your own by following the simple directions in the recipe card below. For these stacks, I used a creamy French goat cheese called Mothais-sur-Feuille. It’s great taste and excellent quality was perfect for these little appetizers that could become a favorite at your next holiday gathering, or anytime gathering.

Beet Puffs
Easy Beet Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Stacks

France is not only the country of origin for goat cheese ‘par excellence,’ but it is also the no.1 producer of goat’s milk cheese in Europe and even the world. In 2016, France produced about 265 million pounds of goat cheese (120,000 tons)! Hailed as the original chèvre, which in French simply means ‘goat’, farmers have been using fresh goat’s milk to make cheese referred to as ‘chèvre’ for centuries. The craft of making authentic French chèvre has been passed down between generations of farmers for thousands of years. Dairy farms in France are mainly located in several regions south of the Loire river where the climate, geography and geology form the goats’ diets. These specific diets produce flavor profiles unique to these regions. French goat cheeses are also celebrated for their variety.

Goat Cheese Beetroot Puff Pastry Stacks

Throughout France, there are 6,000 producers of goat’s milk including: 3,000 who produce their own goat cheese and 3,000 who sell their milk to one of the 60 dairy companies that produce goat cheese. French Goat Cheeses’ can be easily incorporated in quick home recipes such as in sandwiches, omelets, salads, etc. By the way, eating French Goat Cheeses can be part of a balanced, healthy diet, providing satiating healthy fats and other nutrients.

Easy Goat Cheese Beetroot Puff Pastry Stacks

If you would like to find out more about French Goat Cheese and it’s many varieties such as Crottin, Le Chevrot, Bûcherondin, Valençay, Selles-sur-Cher, Tomme de Chèvre, Le Cornilly, Florette, Mothais-sur-Feuille, Chèvre d’Argental, Bleu de Chèvre, or would like recipe inspirations and ideas, make sure to check out Goat Cheeses of France on their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and their newly launched Instagram!

Easy French Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Stacks

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 medium beetroot (peeled and diced well)
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 puff pastry sheets
  • 1 egg
  • 9 tsps Mothais-sur-Feuille French goat cheese
  • parsley
  1. Take puff pastry sheets out of freezer and set aside to thaw.
  2. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a pan over medium heat and add onion to it.
  3. Saute onion for about 10 minutes, then add in ginger and garlic and stir.
  4. Add in diced beetroot, turmeric, smoked paprika, and water and stir. Then cover and let cook for about 10 minutes, stirring it every now and then.
  5. When beetroot is soft, take pan off flame, season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  6. When puff pastry sheets are thawed, grab two cookie cutters of the same shape – but differing sizes (one large and one small). Using the large one, cut 9 shapes out of 1 puff pastry sheet. Then, take the other puff pastry sheet and, using the large cutter again, cut nine more shapes. Using the small cutter, cut out the center of the large shapes. You can bake up the leftover small discs that were cut off later but for now set them aside.
  7. Add the egg to a bowl and whip it up well with a teaspoon of water.
  8. Then, take the shape with the hole in it and brush one side of it with the egg wash. Lay down one of the larger shapes without a whole. Then, place the egg wash side of the shape with the hole in it, onto the large shape so it “nests” or “stacks” on top – make sure the shapes are aligned. Repeat with the other eight large shapes and shaped with holes (if your puff pastry gets warm, place it in the freezer so it cooles down again).
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, brush tops of the stacks with the egg wash and place in oven for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and using your fingers, gently push down the risen middle.
  11. Then, spoon the beet mixture into the center of the stacks.
  12. Spoon over some creamy French goat cheese, drizzle with chopped up parsley and enjoy.
Easy French Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Stacks with Beetroot



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allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Goat cheese and beetroot puff pastry !!! How delicious my friend. I had the best beetroot and goat cheese salad (with an amazing maple vinaigrette) at the King Arthur Flour Store Cafe in Norwich VT two weeks ago when Jon and I ran away for the weekend!! It was incredible, the salad, and the weekend away. So I must try your delicious stacks. Cannot believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but it is. I hope all is well in your world, sweet Shashi! XOXO

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Tuesday 14th of November 2017

I just started to read your recipe post after my work colleague had told me she watched Morten Harket perform with Ah-Ha on BBC TV last night for a Children in Need charity event! What a coincidence they should be mentioned at the same time!

Anyway, this is a delicious recipe Shashi and in fact a perfect appetizer for Christmas Day. I'd been looking for ideas. Thanks! :-)

Shashi

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Haha - what a coincidence indeed! Thanks for sharing that tidbit about his performance with me, Neil - he's been around for so long!

Asha Shivakumar

Monday 13th of November 2017

I LOVE goat cheese in comparison to many others. Probably the first one I loved. This is a yummy combo and the buttery puff, all so good. This would be so good for the upcoming holiday entertaining. Pretty pretty. I enjoyed reading your crush and first name basis, haha. xo

Shashi

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Thanks so much Asha! By the way - so so loved those spicy Indian Twice Baked potatoes you shared, I don't think I can wait till the holidays to recreate those - just so good! Hoping you have a wonderful day xo :)

Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Monday 13th of November 2017

I love any type of cheese and you can't beat goat cheese and beet, especially when paired with puff pastry (one of my favourite things). Would love to serve these to family and friends over the holidays- I'd probably have to make a double batch tho ;) P.S. That's so funny about your teenage crush and looking up the food he ate! Had a little chuckle there :)

Shashi

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Dawn, my daughter has been bugging to make a double batch of these too - only, she wants one batch for herself and the other to share! Crikey! Hoping you are having a wonderful week! XOXO

David @ Spiced

Monday 13th of November 2017

I only recently (well, maybe 6-7 years ago recently) discovered goat cheese as it wasn't common in our house growing up. But now I absolutely love it! A good creamy goat cheese with a good chewy baguette is a thing of beauty! :-) While I don't eat beets all that often, I have had beets + goat cheese before, and the combo works so well. I love the idea of making these as Thanksgiving (or anytime during the holidays) appetizers! Also, do you still have a crush on Morton? :-) (It's totally acceptable if you do...haha!)

Shashi

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

David - when we were in Italy, creamy cheese + olive spread + a crusty baguette was our supper AND most definitely a thing of beauty indeed! Haha... to answer your question... Morton is like a fine wine... better with age ... Lil Shashi doesn't agree with me, but then again, she's crushing on Harry Stiles ...soooo..... ;)