With Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day this weekend, I thought I’d pay another tribute to the Hallmark Holiday’s with a recipe in addition to last week’s blog! Nothing says Valentine’s Day like fresh strawberries. While I admit I’m in now way a baker*, I thought an easy and delicious treat was in order. This is great for brunch or dessert!
Whipped Goat Cheese & Strawberry Balsamic Pastry
- 8 ounce goat cheese, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons agave
- 4 cups sliced strawberry
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
- 2-4 Puff Pastry Shells
For ease of following this recipe, please know you’ll be making the strawberry balsamic topping first, then while baking the pastry shells you’ll create the whipped goat cheese.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place strawberries in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Stirring regularly.
- Once bubbling, add honey and balsamic.
- Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Transfer to cool container.
- Place strawberry mix in the fridge to cool while prepping other elements of the dish.
- Next place pastry shells on a nonstick pan and put in oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. (The package says 18 minutes, but that was too long with my oven.)
- While pastry shells are baking, in a bowl vigorously mix goat cheese, agave, and milk. Set aside.
- After removing pastry shells from the oven, allow to cool for a moment before plating.
- Remove the tops from the center of the shell and add goat cheese mixture.
- After top with two to three large spoonfuls of strawberry balsamic topping and serve!
Notes: You can use the honey and agave interchangeably or just use one for the entire dish. I, myself, prefer agave, but use whatever you have and it will still be delightful. For the whipped goat cheese, you can use any kind of milk. I’ve tested this with both almond and regular milk, neither will disappoint.
Disclaimer: I am not a baker. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, so please do not judge that I use pre-made pastry shells instead of making them from scratch! It won’t change that these are yummy and easy.