These goat's cheese and pear puffs are so great as an appetizer because they are really really delicious and they are super easy to make, think crackers and cheese on steroids. The sweetness of the pears goes really well with the tang of the goat's cheese and the balsamic gives a richness that is really nice. This recipe was inspired by a recipe in the Donna Hay magazine (issue 46, 2009).Goat's Cheese and Pear Puffs
Puff pastry (one sheet of store bought)300 grams goat's cheese
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp fresh thyme
Cracked black pepper
1 large pear very thinly sliced
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Roll out your puff pastry to a 10 inch by 10 inch square. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares and place on a parchment lined baking tray. Melt the butter, and thyme together, add some cracked black pepper. Slice your goat's cheese into 16 equal pieces and place one piece on each puff square. Brush the squares of puff pastry with the butter. Bake for approximately 15 - 20 minutes until the pastry has puffed up and is nicely browned.
In a frying pan combine the water, balsamic and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat and add the pear slices and cook until the liquid has reduced and become thick and the pears are cooked, about 10 minutes. Top the puffs with the pear slices and enjoy!