A couple weeks ago, one of my friends shared a post from the local renaissance festival. The post described a fancy dinner they were having, which included a description of a mushroom puff pastry thing. I made a comment about how I was pretty meh on most of it, but would like to spend some quality time with that mushroom pastry.
She replied in kind, and we both kind of got… whatever the food equivalent of “lecherous” is … about it. We decided that we would have to finally make some time to get together, and make one of them.
This weekend was the big day.. and she and her husband came down with a virus. BOO!
So, to not let the ingredients go to waste, I went ahead and made one for my husband. I took inspiration from my mushroom turnovers, and the filling was *SO* good. I really have to figure out how to make a gluten-free puff pastry… Hmmm.
Anyway, we glazed and drizzled it with balsamic vinegar. We had a bottle of fancy, expensive stuff that I’ve been afraid to even open – oh, it was good stuff! I’m still a little afraid / hoarding it, but at least I took the first step and used it once!
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Braid with Balsamic Glaze - what else can I say here? Delicious.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Keyword balsamic vinegar, fancy, goat cheese, Mushrooms, Special Occasion, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 45minutes
Total Time 1hour
Servings 2as a main dish, or 4 as an appetizer
1lbBaby Bella MushroomsSliced
1/2Medium OnionThinly sliced
1-2Garlic clovesPressed or finely minced
1/4cupDry White Wine
2tspFresh ThymeFinely chopped
Salt and Pepper
1Sheet Puff Pastrythawed
1/4cup+Crumbled Goat Cheese
1Tbsp+Nice Quality Balsamic Vinegar
Heat oven to 400F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large pan, saute mushrooms, onion, and garlic in olive oil, until the liquid comes out and mushrooms are very soft. Add wine, continue to cook until all wine has boiled off. Stir in thyme, season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
Unfold thawed pastry sheet onto parchment lined pan. Roll out a little to elongate it slightly in both directions.
Use a sharp knife to make cut 1″ wide strips (like a fringe) along the two long edges, ending 1/3 of the way towards the center, like this:
Evenly spread filling over the center 1/3 of the dough, sprinkle with goat cheese.
Take one of the end strips and fold it across the filling, at a slight diagonal. Take the top edge strip from the other side, and fold it across the filling, ending just over top of the first one. Continue, alternating sides, until the whole thing is “braided”.
Whisk together egg and 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, use a pastry brush to liberally spread it over the whole braid.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until puffy and golden brown.
Remove from heat, drizzle with more balsamic vinegar if you like. Serve hot!
Marie is an award winning cake artist, cookbook author, and spandex costumer based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Known as much for her delicious and diverse flavor menu as for her sugar artistry, Marie's work has graced magazines and blogs around the world. Having baked and designed for brides, celebrities, and even Klingons, Marie was proud to share her wealth of baking knowledge in her two cookbooks: "The Spirited Baker" and “Evil Cake Overlord”. She followed those up with 4 other cookbooks: "Beyond Flour", "Beyond Flour 2", "Hedonistic Hops", and "More Than Poutine". She is currently working on her 7th - and final - cookbook, "Maize Craze".
Marie has also authored a book about her experiences surrounding the 2011 Minneapolis tornado: "Twisted: A Minneapolis Tornado Memoir", as well as 6 sewing manuals - the "Spandex Simplified" series.