Goat cheese and bubbles are an amazing match – in fact, François Chanier, owner of the Clos de Nuys estate, recommends pairing his Clos de Nuys Vouvray Brut with goat’s cheese. If you like the thought of something a little bit fancier than just heating goat cheese on toast, why not try these delicious puff pastry parcels? They’re ever so simple to make and make the perfect snacks to accompany your bubbles.
This recipe is wonderful made with Sainte-Maure de Touraine, a fresh goats cheese with a dark rind, which is made in the same region in France as Clos de Nouys wine. However, if you can’t get your hands on any Sainte-Maure, any soft goats cheese log will work just as well.
Goats Cheese Feuilletés
1 Sainte-Maure de Touraine or other goat’s cheese log (approx. 250g)
1 sheet ready-made puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
Pre-heat your oven to 210 C (Fan 190 C)
Cut the goats cheese log into 8 equal, round slices.
With a drinking glass or pastry cutter, cut 16 circles from the pastry, making sure the circles are large enough to leave a border around the cheese slices.
Put each slice of cheese on a pastry circle, sprinkle with a little oregano and cover with another pastry circle, sealing the package together around the edges using the back of a fork. Brush the parcels with the beaten egg.
Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
Delicious served on their own or with a green salad.
Feel free to experiment with different additions in place of the oregano such as dried basil, fresh chopped chives or chopped walnuts.