Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Goat Cheese Cranberry Kisses

Ahhh... Thanksgiving!  A day to give thanks for the bounty we have received and a day of abundance.  Occasionally, and hopefully said abundance will lead to a day of leftovers, which in my opinion is actually one of the best part of the Thanksgiving meal.  Who doesn't love rummaging through the fridge finding turkey, cranberries, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and slices of assorted pies all at your fingertips?

Occasionally, however, the plethora of leftovers might become a bit daunting and we're here to recommend a wonderful use for some of that extra Cranberry Sauce (we highly recommend our Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce if you are looking for a recipe).  If you don't need all of your sauce to slather onto that Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich, you can look like a gourmet chef with these cute little Cranberry Kisses.

Three ingredients and about 25 minutes once your puff pastry is thawed is all you need(Note to self... take frozen puff pastry from the freezer and place it in the fridge as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are done so it will good to go by the next afternoon).  Puff pastry is rolled and then cut into squares and fitted into the cups of mini muffin tins.  Filled with cheese and a dollop of cranberry sauce the treats head to the oven.  About 18 minutes later cheesy cranberry puffs are ready for your house guests and you're looking better than Martha Stewart.

Our favorite version uses goat cheese, or chévre, but a luscious brie is a fine substitute.  Served warm, these little kisses are just one more thing to be thankful for.

Goat Cheese Cranberry Kisses
A wonderful way to use leftover cranberry sauce, or a delightful appetizer to celebrate Christmas or New Years!
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Puff Pastry, thawed in fridge overnight
Goat Cheese, Chévre (or Brie)
Cranberry Sauce

Preheat oven to 375º F.

Spray the cups of a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.  Roll puff pastry according to package directions.  Cut pastry into square large enough to fill a mini muffin cup.  Scoop about 1 tsp of cheese into each pastry lined cup and top with a dollop of cranberry sauce.

Place muffin tin into the oven and bake about 18 minutes, rotating at about 10 minutes and checking again at about 15 minutes.  Bake until puffs are lightly browned and sauce is "melty".  Remove from oven and remove puffs from the muffin tin onto a serving plate.  Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Looking for more Thanksgiving recipes??  Here are a few of our favorites!


  1. What a yummy idea!! I might have to steal some cranberry sauce with my leftovers. :)

  2. Oh my this looks so good! Happy Thanksgiving :)

  3. What a great idea Kim! Now I have to buy another bag of cranberries to make more Grand Marnier Cranberry sauce, because I have something else planned for the leftovers I now have.

    PS Love the name Goat Cheese Kisses!

  4. Such a festive, and beautiful little bite-size delights!
    Love the cranberry sauce and goat cheese combination, can only imagine how yummy they taste!
    Thanks for sharing, Kim!
    Happy Thanksgiving, to you and your loved ones!

    BTW-I browsed thru your spectacular Rome posts, and photos, and wished I was there again...been there a few times in the last 30 yrs, but have not visited in a long time. Gorgeous sites and unforgettable memories for you!

  5. Those are so cute! Sinee my thanksgiving was over some time ago -- I'm thinking these would be pretty apps for Christmas.

  6. what a delicious way to use up cranberry sauce, I Love those little kisses!

    hope your Thanksgiving was a Happy one!

  7. Those look beautiful! Wish I had some leftover cranberry sauce (or really any cranberry sauce) to use those with!!!

  8. What a beautiful treat! I might have to borrow this recipe for a holiday party next weekend, they look so festive!

  9. Such a great offering while company is still at the house. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Looks dreamy - I can taste them right now! I can't wait to make these over Christmas :)

  11. BRILLIANT! I love the flavor combination of goat cheese and cranberries.....and to put them in a crust is amazing! Buzzed!

  12. I'm saving the recipe for Christmas!
    They sure are pretty and I bet taste heavenly!

  13. Oh yummy! I love the combination of goat cheese and cranberry. These look easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Okay wow...found you via following!

    Would you like to guest post over on my blog? Something regarding your recipes for yummy appetizers/finger foods/etc.. for those last min. Christmas parties???

    I'm in love!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  15. I have no idea as to how I missed this post last year, but am I thankful I won't be missing it THIS year. My word these are scrumptious looking appetizers! I've yet to click over to the GM Cranberry Sauce recipe, but I've been making one for many years (it includes a shot for the chef). Either way, now I've got a delightful way to use the sauce up.


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