As I mentioned in the previous post we had my parents over for cocktail hour this past weekend. It was a payoff since they watched the boys for six out of seven days! It wasn’t much trouble though, I love appetizers and was looking forward to test out a new idea.
I like balsamic vinegar and strawberries and what better flavor match than goat cheese. Toss it all in a pre-made pastry shell and it is so incredibly easy to make. Bite size, child and adult friendly, easy…what is not to like?! Hope you enjoy these as much as we did.
Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Filled Pastry Shells
1 pkg. mini fillo shells (15 count)
4 oz. goat cheese
3/4 c. chopped strawberries
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
3 basil leaves, chopped
Mash up the strawberries to release their natural juices. You will still want some chunks so don’t fully purée them. Add the balsamic vinegar and basil. Let the berries sit for at least half and hour to let all the flavors blend.
When ready to serve divide the goat cheese evenly among the pastry shells. Then evenly divide the strawberries and pour over the goat cheese.
Yields 15 appetizers
Now I know where to find cocktail recipes. The photos look great and the recipes are always so easy to make. Can I use any other cheese other than the one used here? How come you always use goat cheese, is there a special reason or its just a preference? Wish you a pleasant weekend, ahead!
Our whole family just loves goat cheese, especially the boys! You could easily use another cheese, it just needs to be soft enough to fit in the pastry shells. Maybe feta, cream cheese, Brie….
Glad you liked the photos. This was one case when it actually turned out when I was rushed! I took the photos right after I made them and the boys were famished, like I never feed them! Sean got his head in some of the pictures because he was trying to eat the strawberries off the top while I took pictures!
I love chevré and balsamic. What a perfect bit. It might also be nice with a reduced balsamic for extra kick. 🙂 This looks so creamy, salt, sweet, crunchy… delicious.
I have done it with a balsamic reduction which was also very tasty!