Puff Pastry Bites with Goat Cheese and Jam are an easy appetizer made with just three ingredients! Your guests will adore these bite-size treats.
When I’m in need of a quick appetizer, two options come to mind: dips and puff pastry.
Dips, like my Easy Crab Dip, are always a hit. People love dip all year round and it’s often easy to assemble and serve.
Puff pastry is also easy to bake and serve, plus it adds an element of “wow”. The end result often looks like it came from a bakery, and these Puff Pastry Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Jam are no exception.
They have just three ingredients, take about 10 minutes to assemble, and under 20 minutes to bake.
- Defrosted puff pastry. This takes a little bit of advance planning—either defrost in the refrigerator overnight or leave frozen pastry on the counter for 40 minutes to defrost)
- Jam of your choice. I used a mixture of apricot and strawberry. Raspberry or peach would be delicious, too.
- Crumbled goat cheese. You can buy a log and crumble it yourself, or buy the already crumbled variety. Blue cheese would be delicious here, too!
How to make puff pastry appetizers
Defrost the puff pastry according to package directions.
Cut the puff pastry into 2×2 inch squares. A pizza wheel is the quickest and easiest way to do this. A knife works, too!
Next, place the squares in a mini muffin tin. You do not need to grease the tin.
Top each square with jam and goat cheese.
The end result are the sweetest little 1–2 bite appetizers that fly off the buffet table!
Use a knife to release the appetizers from the tin while still warm.
These would be perfect for a bridal shower or baby shower, as an appetizer at a dinner party, or a snack for an outdoor picnic or gathering.
They are best enjoyed the day that they are made for maximum crispiness from the puff pastry.
What can I use instead of goat cheese?
Crumbled blue cheese or crumbled feta are good substitutes for goat cheese. You could also make them with cream cheese!
What other kinds of jam can I use?
Use any variety of jam that you like. Strawberry, apricot, blackberry, cherry, fig, and orange would all be delicious with goat cheese. I used two varieties of jam (strawberry and apricot) so there would be different colors on the serving board.
Can I make these ahead?
Unfortunately, the puff pastry will get soggy if these are kept in an airtight container overnight. I suggest making them right before you plan to serve them.
You can, however, cut the puff pastry into squares, and place them in the muffin tin. Wrap the muffin tin very tightly with plastic wrap (otherwise the puff pastry will dry out) and refrigerate for several hours or up to overnight. When you’re ready to bake them, add the goat cheese and jam, and bake as directed.
Puff Pastry Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Jam
- 1 piece (½ of a 17.3 oz box) puff pastry, defrosted according to package directions (I used Trader Joe’s)
- ¼ cup apricot or strawberry jam (or a mixture of the two)
- 1 oz crumbled goat cheese
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly flour a countertop or another flat surface. Unroll the defrosted puff pastry on top. Pat the puff pastry gently at the seams to get rid of the creases.
- Cut the puff pastry into 2x2 inch pieces (I use a pizza cutter for this). Place one square in the cup of a miniature muffin pan and push gently in the middle to form a loose cup. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
- Fill each cup with ½ teaspoon of jam followed by 1 teaspoon of crumbled goat cheese.
- Bake for 14–18 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown. Let cool for 1 minute in the pan and then remove promptly, using a knife if necessary to wiggle them free. If you let them sit any longer, some of the jam that has oozed out will harden and cause them to stick to the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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