When fresh strawberries are available we recommend making this Strawberry Basil Bites appetizer. The sweet berries and herby basil are cooled down with creamy cheese and then “frosted” on top of lighter-than-air puff pastry. This recipe won first prize in The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2019 Garden Guide Recipe Contest. Congratulations to Arlene Erlbach from Morton Grove, Illinois, for her winning recipe!
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out puff pastry dough. Cut each section into four even rectangles. Set rectangles approximately ¼ inch apart on baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, or until golden. Place on cookie rack to cool. Pastries will deflate slightly.
In a bowl, combine goat cheese, cream cheese, honey, and pepper. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until ingredients are well combined. Fold in chopped strawberries and basil.
When pastries are cool enough to handle, cut in half horizontally. Spread strawberry mixture evenly onto each pastry. Top with sliced strawberries and sprinkle with basil.