Blackberry Lemon Goat Cheese Squares

I’m at that point in moving where I reeeeeeally need to clean out my fridge because the more I use up, the less I have to move. Needless to say we’ve had some pretty “creative” dinners this week.  I also keep forgetting that I packed up 70% of the kitchen. I totally wanted to make something with whipped cream yesterday but when I went to pull the beaters out of my kitchen cabinet, it was empty. Sad trombone. The good news is that I still can produce tasty recipes out of this bare essentials kitchen of mine. I just can’t make anything that has spices in it since my spice cabinet is in a box somewhere…

I found some puff pastry hiding out in the freezer so I pretended like I was entertaining 10 people at my unkempt house and made these Blackberry Lemon Goat Cheese Squares. These puff pastry bites taste a little bit like blackberry pie mixed with a lemony cheese danish BUT! There’s an arugula leaf nestled under each blackberry. Not only does it add a nice green/peppery bite it provides a nice visual interest to the plate of squares. It’s practically salad (not really).

I am not at liberty to say how many I ate yesterday.

And we’re off!

We need to make the lemony goat cheese!

Lemon zest, goat cheese, honey & milk. Stir well to combine!

In a small bowl, mix blackberries with balsamic vinegar. Let it sit for a bit.

Thaw your puff pastry x 2. I used Trader Joe’s…which comes in two square sheets. Rectangles are cool too!

Cut about 12 or so squares out of each sheet. Score the squares with a square.

Place a dollop of the goat cheese on top of each square.

Plop a blackberry on each square. Now bake!

That’s right.

Pure gold. Now add a little bit of arugula under each blackberry and now we’re talking!!

If you wanna take it to another level, drizzle a little bit of aged balsamic on top!

I bet your guests will go crazy for these. Or you could be like me and not have guests over…just eat them like their going out of style. I suggest a Moscow Mules with these. Just do it.

Blackberry Lemon Goat Cheese Squares

makes about 24-30

  • 6 oz goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • small handful arugula

Preheat oven 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment & set aside.

In a small bowl, mix the goat cheese, lemon zest, honey & milk together. In another small bowl stir the blackberries with the balsamic vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes.  On a lightly floured surface, cut the puff pastry into 2 inch squares. Place squares onto the parchment lined sheet  about 2 inches apart and score a square into the pastry making sure not to cut all the way through to the bottom.

Place a dollop of lemon goat cheese on top of each square and top with a blackberry. Bake squares for 15-20 minutes until golden. Let squares cool and place a leaf of arugula under each blackberry. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  • May 16, 2012

    These look wonderful. Guess I need to give them a try.

  • Wow, I wish I could come up with things this delicious out of random pantry odds and ends! These look awesome!

  • Jamie Lauren Gem
    May 16, 2012

    These look de-lish! & super easy too…do you think they would work with raspberries?!

    X

    • Tracy
      May 16, 2012

      TOTALLY!! And strawberries too!

  • Oh my gosh! These look both beautiful and delicious! I can’t wait to try them!

  • May 16, 2012

    These sound so yummy! Love this!

  • May 16, 2012

    These are one of my favourite recipes so far! They would look perfect at a wedding/party. Great post Tracy!

    • Tracy
      May 16, 2012

      Totally! I wish I would have had them at my wedding….

  • Wendy Darling
    May 16, 2012

    I want these NOW… for breakfast!

  • May 16, 2012

    Woah! Recipe bookmarked for when I’m home in BC in the summer and the local blackberries are going crazy! I’ve also been dying to try making puff pastry from scratch. Have you ever tried?

  • OMG this look so cute, perfect for a party, I am sure they will please everybody, it is such a good idea to combine blackberries, lemon and goat cheese! WOW!

  • Nicole
    May 16, 2012

    I went to TJ’s yesterday to get puff pastry and found out its seasonal?! Im soo disappointed. Maybe this guy who I asked was just lazy (im hoping) and didnt want to check?? Do you have any idea if it really is and any other suggestions for something to replace it with it?? I LOVE THAT STUFF…and I love your site and podcast even more than puff pastry :)

    • Tracy
      May 16, 2012

      It’s really the saddest thing ever. I always hoard them when they’re “in season.” WHY ARE THEY ONLY IN SEASON DURING THE WINTER?!!! It’s just butter & flour. Sheesh, Trader Joe’s!

  • jenny
    May 16, 2012

    “it’s practically salad.” LOL!! that’s like when I eat a cookie with nuts and think, “well, that was protein.” hahahahaha. love it, tracy!

  • May 16, 2012

    These are so cute! Gah, I have to move soon, too. I bet we’ll be having some creative dinners, too.

  • May 16, 2012

    Gorgeous, Tracy. Love the sprig arugula. + I actually heard that sad trombone – watched too many game shows as a kid I suppose. :)

    • Tracy
      May 16, 2012

      Is it weird that I say sad trombone in real life? I also make the sound of it too.

  • Laura
    May 16, 2012

    so easy and delicious.
    thanks!

  • Jenny
    May 16, 2012

    These look delicious. I’m moving soon too and trying to clear out my freezer a bit and I have a package of this frozen puff pastry in my freezer. I also have goat cheese I need to use up. I think I will definitely be making this recipe this weekend!

    • Tracy
      May 16, 2012

      yaay! We’re in it together. How is moving going for you?!

  • May 16, 2012

    These look awesome! I’m a total sucker for the blackberry/lemon combo. And way to be with the arugula therefore making this pie biznass a salad! Holla! I love treats that can be either the salad or dessert course. Skillz!

  • Becky Back
    May 16, 2012

    OH.MY.GOD! These look simply amazing! Pinning now to make in the very near future!

  • That’s it…I need to hold a fancy-pants grownup cocktail party and serve these little beauties ASAP.

    • Tracy
      May 16, 2012

      Fancy pants grownup cocktail parties are where it’s at!!!!

  • May 16, 2012

    beautiful photos! i want one of these right NOW!

    • Tracy
      May 16, 2012

      Thank you much!

  • Sergio
    May 16, 2012

    Aha! you know you have me when you do the goat cheese recipes, and another great one! this is for sure in my to do list this weekend.

    Thanks!!!!!

  • May 16, 2012

    Y-E-S.

  • May 17, 2012

    So very pretty!!!

  • May 17, 2012

    These look absolutely divine!

  • May 17, 2012

    wow, these look wonderful! i should definitley try them out…

  • I love the fact that you make masterpieces like this one whilst cleaning out your cupboards/fridge. You’re simply amazing.

    • Sha
      May 17, 2012

      I agree with you, Amanda!

      I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – Tracy, you’re my hero! When I grow up I want to be just like you.

      • Tracy
        May 18, 2012

        Oh you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are too good to me! xoxo

  • May 17, 2012

    Hehe: “it’s practically salad!” Thinking about you and that move, lady. It’ll all be over soon-ish, and then it’ll be wonderful. xox

    • Tracy
      May 18, 2012

      thanks my friend!! Miss you tons. Can’t wait for you to visit! xo

  • May 18, 2012

    Daaaaaaang.
    i love having talented friends.

  • heather
    June 1, 2012

    can’t wait to try these this weekend. love you tracy…can’t wait for your book to come out.

  • June 10, 2012

    Hi Tracy, I was just wondering whether I can serve these cool? I’m making them for a large number of people outside of my home, but not sure whether they would taste just as good cold?

    Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

    Freddi (The Palatable Miss Preece)

    • Tracy
      June 10, 2012

      Yes you can!

  • June 12, 2012

    Hi Tracy! I made these for a friend’s party last week and I got tons of compliments! They disappeared in like five minutes. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Tracy
      June 12, 2012

      That’s what I like to hear!

  • Emily
    June 26, 2012

    Hi Tracy,
    I just prepared these for an event tonight and realized I did not score the puff pastry before topping with goat cheese. How important is this step?! They look so good, hopefully I didn’t mess them up.

    • Tracy
      June 26, 2012

      Scoring helps create a border so you can have a little nest of goat cheese in the center. If you didn’t score, then it would have all be kinda puffy. How did it go?

  • August 10, 2012

    I made these this past weekend and they are wonderful and friggin’ yummy. Everyone loved them and I sent them in your direction for the deets.

    Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  • Lynn
    August 12, 2012

    I made these today for a bbq – they were a big hit and I would definitely make again. Quick question for you..the recipe calls for 1-2 TBS milk, but the instructions don’t say where to use it. I assume since it’s 1-2 TBS it’s used to brush on the pastry to make it shiny? Before you put any of the ingredients on – is that right?

    • Tracy
      August 12, 2012

      Oh! Woops! It’s for the cheese so it makes it more spreadable!

      • Lynn
        August 13, 2012

        Thanks!

        • Lynn
          August 13, 2012

          Guess I should have read the full post! :)

  • Mary Guillory
    December 1, 2012

    These are sooooo good and so easy!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  • Karen Mezzetta
    July 24, 2013

    I’m imagining all kinds of savory versions of this – what a wonderful idea – Tks!

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