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Goat Cheese and Herb Puffs

Posted May 10 2011 8:15am

I think I might have died and gone to heaven.

Carbs, cheese, and garlic – it’s a little bit of a no-brainer equation, but the combination still blows me away every time! These puffs are the perfect bite-size party food to serve to your friends at your next get-together or a fun way to jazz up the boring bread basket at dinner.

Or, if you’re like me, you can eat eight of these and count it as dinner. Eight cheese puffs is the equivalent to two pieces of pizza, right? Trust me, these won’t disappoint!

Alright, so here’s what you need to do if you want to get in on the delicious action too:

Goat Cheese and Herb Puffs

  • Garlic Herb Pizza Dough (or your favorite pizza dough)
  • 5 oz. Goat Cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 8 fresh Basil Leaves
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Chop the basil into thin pieces. Using a fork, combine the goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, basil, and pepper in a small bowl. Working on a floured surface, work the pizza dough into circles measuring approximately 2″ in diameter and 1/4″ thick. Spoon a half tablespoon of the cheese mixture into the center of each dough circle. Fold the edges of the dough over and roll in between palms to form a ball shape. Place on a greased baking pan and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the tops turn golden. Makes approx. 20 puffs.

Into the oven and presto!

The goat cheese already has a salty taste, so make sure to go light with the sea salt on top. And don’t worry if a little cheese spills out during baking – this is good. However, if you would prefer that your cheese didn’t spilleth over, try to keep your dough as even in thickness as possible – the cheese is going to come out in any thin areas.

These are great by themselves, but why not serve them with marinara sauce or your favorite oil or vinegar for dipping?

Oh, and don’t forget the wine.

But I didn’t need to tell you that, did I?

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