Goat Cheese Blackberry and Pear Bites by Cory

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The inspiration for this recipe was from my friend Jimmy.  One evening, he challenged me to create something that included two of his favorite ingredients.  They were goat cheese and blackberries.My original recipe actually used the flat sheets of Phyllo to make mini turnovers.  I’ve also made them using puff pastry.  I found the prebaked Phyllo cups are the best.  Each filled cup is a perfect two bite appetizer that is easy on the eyes.Goat Cheese, Blackberry and Pear Bites
4 oz. plain goat cheese, room temperature
2 Tbl. honey
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. lemon zest
2  Tbl. lemon juice
1 pear, peeled and chopped to size of peas
6 oz blackberries, fresh
2 packages of Phyllo dough cups, about 30

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cream the goat cheese, honey, nutmeg, zest, juice, and pear in a small mixing bowl until well combined.  Spoon a single tablespoon sized amount of the mixture into each Phyllo cup.  Place one blackberry in the center of each filled cup.  Place the filled cups on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, or until the mixture is slightly bubbly and the berries are just about to burst.  The pears will still be slightly crunchy for texture.

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