Who can resist savory mushroom pastry shaped to look like love letters and paired with Brandborg Winery Pinot Noir? The perfect make ahead Valentine meal.
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pastry
If the way to your lover’s heart is through his/her stomach then these delicious, love letter shaped savory pastries (sealed with heart-beets) will do the trick. The best part is you can make them ahead, stick them in the fridge, and bake them for your dinner date – leaving you plenty of time to primp for your romantic evening.
- 1 roll puff pastry
- 3 cups chopped mushrooms
- ½ cup diced red onion
- 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 3 Tbs. sherry - Tasting Pour used Osborne Amontillado
- 2 tsp.. fresh thyme
- add salt and pepper to taste
- 4 oz. goat cheese - room temperature
- 1 red beet
- small heart shaped cookie cutter
- Wrap beet in foil and roast in 350 degree oven until cooked.
- Allow to cool. Slice thin. Use cookie cutter to make heart shapes
- Melt butter in saucepan.
- Add mushrooms, onion, and cook over medium heat until they being to soften.
- Add salt, pepper, thyme, and sherry.
- Turn heat to low and cook until most of the liquid evaporates.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Combine mixture with goat cheese in a separate bowl.
- Make a pattern with a piece of paper. It will look like a tall house that is 6 inches wide and 7½ inches tall with the peak of the "roof" two inches taller.
- Cut puff pastry into 4 equal pieces.
- Roll out each piece just big enough for your pattern.
- Lay the pattern on top and cut around the edge with a pizza wheel.
- Measure 4 Tbs. of the mushroom filling and spread in the upper part of the "house" leaving a 1 inch border along the sides.
- Fold the bottom part of the pastry up to cover the filling, sealing the edges with a fork.
- Fold the "roof" or envelope flap down and seal with water.
- Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
- Cool and "seal" with a heart beet
A Love Story
The best wine and food have a backstory. This is the story of Terry and Sue Brandborg of Brandborg Winery. It is a story of second chances and maybe a bit of love at first site. Terry, a California winemaking boy destined to put down roots in Oregon, met Sue – a girl from Wyoming. It was a wine sales trip, and to be honest a fishing expedition, that brought Terry to Wyoming. He met Sue at a wine tasting and discovered she knew his wines – teasing her a bit that she must have been looking for him. Both were “single again” and began a long distance friendship through old fashioned letter writing which allowed them a safe space to open up and get to know each other.
Sue sent Terry this funny little magnet with a red headed girl (probably from Wyoming) and blond haired boy on a ferris wheel. The caption read “Love Puppets on a Ferris Wheel.” Terry remembers, “For whatever reason, that sealed the deal for me and we started to visit one another.” Sue eventually moved to San Francisco, the two married, and they searched for two years for a place of their own to start a vineyard and winery. Then they discovered their perfect spot in Elkton, Oregon. Terry recalls, “We stopped at the bottom of the property and I turned to Sue and said ‘This is it.’ It was love at first sight – again.”
They named their vineyard Ferris Wheel and one of their Pinot Noir Love Puppets. The love letter pastries were served at a winemakers dinner – doesn’t that sound kind of fabulous?
The 2013 Brandborg Winery Love Puppets Pinot Noir was a delightful pairing with the mushroom goat cheese pastry. Oregon’s Pinot Noir manages to be present a wonderful balance of Pinot’s earthy savory side and her pretty fruity profile. This wine was no exception. Red fruits of cranberry, red cherry, and raspberry, fabulous acid and can you call it a finish when the sensation and flavor last so long they just meld seamlessly into the next sip, next bite, and the overall experience? Mark has a naughty wine term – “mouth orgasm.” I sipped first and warned him – yet still the look on his face and the exclamation of “Ho – lee Cow!”
Needless to say if you are looking for a great story and stand out wine – Brandborg Winery delivers. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Samples provided by winery and enjoyed by wine writer and photographer.
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