Mushroom and Goat Cheese Braided Puff Pastry

by simplylife on February 9, 2012

Do you ever open the refrigerator, see bare shelves and wonder how you could have just gone to the grocery store less than a week ago and now there’s nothing to eat?

We typically do our grocery shopping on Saturday.  By Friday, the once full and colorful shelves are empty except an open bag of spinach and a little bit of milk.

One of my favorite things about planning meals is that I know what we need for that final meal on Friday nights to get us through until we head to the store again on Saturday morning.  I almost feel like a magician when my husband comes home hungry and can’t even find a snack to munch on and then less than an hour later we’re sitting down to a filling, homecooked meal.

This was exactly one of those nights.  On Friday night, other than condiments and an open bottle of wine, in our fridge was leftover goat cheese, an opened jar of sun-dried tomatoes and two tortillas.  The rest was open shelves.

It didn’t look promising.  Yet, I was excited.

That’s the beauty of this recipe.  It uses simple, familiar ingredients and the puff pastry makes this feel like anything but a vessel to serve leftovers in.

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Braided Puff Pastry

by Simply Life

Adapted from 28 Cooks

Keywords: bake appetizer entree side vegetarian tomato cheese mushrooms



  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbs. sundried tomatoes, packed in oil and sliced
  • 1 puff pastry sheet, defrosted
  • About 3 oz. goat cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion and cook about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Mix in salt, pepper, thyme, and balsamic vinegar and cook additional minute. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes.

2. Unroll puff pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll puff pastry into 9 1/2 by 11 1/2 inch rectangle. Cut the top corners on a diagonal and then make parallel 1″ slits down each side, leaving 2″ center uncut.

3. Place the mushroom filling down the center then sprinkle goat cheese on top. Fold the top and bottom slightly over the filling, to prevent it from spilling. Braid pastry over top of filling by alternating strips from each side and trim off any excess dough at the end.

4. Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

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I HIGHLY recommend watching this quick (about 1 minute) video for a clear description (no, it’s not me).


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~What is your favorite way to prepare/eat puff pastry?

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  • Colleen

    Wow, I am loving the look of that braided pastry! Awesome. And man, do those cowgirl snacks look tasty. I’m going to head over to their facebook page right now!

  • Anonymous

    That end of the trail mix looks SO yummy! Our household works JUST like yours. I plan to a t and we have just the right amount of food to make it through the week. I shop on Fridays, so on Thursdays (aka today)….we’re definitely on the empty side! What a gorgeous meal. I haven’t really played around a lot with puff pastry

  • Lauren

    I’ve made a strawberry shortcake dessert once with puff pastry! THis looks great though 🙂

  • Beth

    I think this recipe looks amazing! I’ll definitely try it out. (I wish I was as creative as you. Sometimes I’m stumped on Fridays!)

  • Hillary

    This looks absolutely heavenly. Want to adopt me?!

    I love making knishes with puff pastry (basically pastry filled with potato and onions). So flaky and tender!

  • Mom

    I don’t know what to comment about 1st!!! I saw the picture and thought ‘oh my gosh, is that beautiful!!! Then you are so kind to teach step by step and even provide a link to watch to learn. Okay, now on to the snacks..oh boy, chocolate, cashews, pretzels…STOP !!! I have to find this product! Great post!!!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    What an excellent plantry clean dinner!! I love when dinners come together like that. I just bought puff pastry to make Valentine palmiers this weekend!

  • Daisy

    In regards to your first sentence, I always feel just like that! Where does all the food go!!

  • Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats

    I know exactly how you feel. Only if we do our shopping on Saturday, by Tuesday I feel like the fridge is already empty! It’s never ending…

    • Simply Life

      Haha, we definitely have those weeks as well!

  • Deepa

    Really delicious and mouthwatering pastry for dinner.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Sutapa

    I am speechless to see all the effort you put make this picture perfect pasty, absolute delish!

  • Melissa

    That looks FABULOUS!!! You’re making me hungry!

  • Junia Kim

    i love making appetizers and pastries with puff pastry dough! the braided mushroom cheese pastry looks so good! and paired with wine, yum! 🙂 mmm the peanut butter chocolate popcorn looks delicious!!! it must be gluten free, i assume!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    That is so pretty!! I feel like I wouldn’t want to ruin the prettiness by eating it! lol

  • Anonymous

    The braiding makes it look so fancy. Love the flavors. I like to make vol-au-vents (basically puff pastry cups) and fill them with different things.

  • Bianca Garcia

    Looks great! I’ve never braided pastry before, thanks for the instructions. That chocolate gourmet popcorn sounds awesome!

  • Kristen @ swanky dietitian

    Wow, I’m impressed!!
    What an amazing meal with such simple ingredients. Delicious!

  • Brittany

    I don’t even like mushrooms and this looks delicious to me!!

  • Jolene (

    What a great ingredient list!!!! I love using puff pastry to make empanadas.

  • Erin @ Eat Run Write

    Wow! Not only does it look delicous, but it looks impressive! Something you could serve to guests for sure.

  • Lena @Fit on the Rocks

    Goodness…I wish you were my neighbor…seriously

  • Kristabel@RaceReady

    My favorite way would be one prepared by you!!!

  • Yummychunklet

    How great does this look? And the filling sounds so delicious!

  • teri@managedmacros

    It looks so rustic and hearty. I love it!!! I have never made it before so I cannot answer that question….but if I did,it would be this!!!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    I’ve never done anything with puff pastry. Can you believe it?! This recipe sounds delicious (and looks beeeeautiful!).
    Regarding grocery shopping, well, I try to only “shop” once a week, but since I Work at a supermarket it’s SO HARD not to pick up random ingredients just about every day!!

  • Thehealthyapron

    YOu my friend are a genius. i could never just whip something as elegant as that up with almost nothing in the house! KUDOS! I’ve used puff pastry only once a couple years ago to make a sausage bread (kind of like a pepperoni bread). IT was delcious!

    • Simply Life

      Ha, thanks! I’m not really the genious though- it’s all “google” and other bloggers who give me the ideas 🙂

  • Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    I’ve never used puff pastry before. BUT Holy Yummmmm!!! This looks AMAZING!!

  • emma schultz

    I know what you mean about this meal. A few times I’ve made mushroom turnovers for people with only puff pastry and mushrooms. Everyone’s all “what can you even do with that? Do you want me to go grab us a pizza too, cause we for sure won’t be full!”

    And then the meal cooks, and they’re amazed, and they’re full, and the air smells delicious, and everything is at peace:)

  • Michelle

    Oh my goodness, pinning this right now! I’ve never made anything so pretty (AND it sounds delicious!). I need to try this, pronto!

  • Singerinkitchen

    Certainly looks like you did well on a night with no food available! 🙂 YUM!

  • Joyti

    I often wonder about the grocery store, and why the groceries never last.
    The braided puff pastry looks great. I don’t usually do things with puff pastry, but I do think its delicious.

  • JoJo

    You definitely made the magic happen!!
    This looks way better than when I try to whip something up on an empty refrigerator.. which, happens too often between me and my husband 😛

  • Kiran @

    We go through the exact same situation barely a week after grocery shopping.

    That’s one delicious braided puff pastry. I love mushrooms in pastries. Enjoyed eating morsels after morsels while touring in Europe 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I love how you braided the pastry. It give such beautiful presentation to your Friday night dinner. Great that you are so resourceful and organised – it’s a discipline I’ve never actually mastered.

  • Heidi from Bundles Of Hugs

    Love the puff pastry. At, first glance I’m thinking this must be difficult to make but with the video added to help I think I could totally make this! I must try it…saving this recipe!

    • Simply Life

      Yes! It looks MUCH more complicated than it really is!

  • Melanie Flinn

    Wow- that looks amazing! You know you’re a foodie when you say you have “nothing in your fridge” but goat cheese, sun tried tomatoes….puff pastry! Love it!

    • Simply Life

      haha, so true- I never really thought about that until just now 🙂

  • Kim

    I love puff pastry, especially with hearty and savory foods like mushrooms and cheese.

    • Simply Life

      Agreed! BTW, when I click on your name I can’t find your blog? I’d love to see it!

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  • Shannon

    that looks fantastic!!! totally great use of ingredients 🙂 and it’s funny how it seems like our fridges are empty, when we really have so much around 😉

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