Quick Cocktail Party Snacks 

Has this happened to you? You get a call from a friend saying they are close to your house and want to swing by, you can't say no. Of course I have wine, but I needed something to nibble on. I created this baton like yummy treats. You have to try!s


Disappearing Baton's

Serving size 4

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 35 minutes

Total time 40 minutes


Ingredients-

1 sheet puff pastry

4 tbsp mustard (I used fancy mustard)

1 cup freshly grated guyere cheese

1 egg


Directions-

Pre-heat oven 375'

Thaw puff pastry, take a pinch of flour and sprinkle on work area.

Place puff pastry on floured area and roll out, if you roll diagonally it will stay in rectangle form

Spread mustard on 1/2 of the dough and add pinch of salt. I used a champagne mustard.

Fold puff pastry over to sandwich mustard

Cut length wise

In small bowl mix egg with 1 tbsp water

Brush Egg mixture on top of batons

Top with shredded guyere cheese

Place batons on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake 35min until golden brown.

Put a glass of wine in one hand and baton in another and you have the perfect wine snack!


Pairing with wine? Because the guyere is a pretty big cheese you will need a wine with tannins so flavors don't compete. Then, you have mustard which is acidic so you want a wine without any acidity. That brings me to a rich Cabernet Sauvignon that has chocolate and Tobacco characteristics, nice amount of tannins and no acidity.

Beer, I would suggest a a bourbon barrel aged stout. Again, looking for something without acidity and something that has a backbone to stand up to the flavorful guyere cheese.

Cocktail hour I am calling for a Holiday Margarita. Instead of using citrus, I am using rosemary and stewed blackberries.

Make a simple syrup, equal parts sugar to water and add 4 sprigs of rosemary. Heat in saucepan until sugar melts on medium and let simmer 15 minutes and strain into a bowl. Now you have rosemary simple syrup. In small saucepan add frozen blackberries and pinch of sugar. Heat until jam like.

Fill tall glass with ice, add spoonful of blackberries, 1/4 cup of rosemary simple syrup, 2 shots of tequila. Stir and top off with sparkling water.


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