Impress your guests with these starters using Athens® or Apollo fillo dough.
DUCK AND PAPAYA PHYLLO POUCH ON BLUEBERRY SAUCE
Ingredients1 1/2 tablespoons butter1 cup mushrooms, medium diced1/4 cup shallots, finely chopped2 tablespoons applejack or brandy1 cup heavy cream2 cups cooked duck meat, medium diced1 cup Boursin or cream cheese, cubed1 papaya, peeled, seeded and cubed1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leavesSalt and pepper to taste20 sheets Athens® Fillo Dough (9" x 14"), thawed1/4 cup butter, melted6 scallions, top only1 cup heavy cream
In a large saucepan melt butter and sauté shallots and mushroom for 5 minutes. Stir in applejack and cream over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and add duck meat, cheese, papaya and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for 1 hour.
Prepare large fillo pouches according to directions for Pouches. Spoon 1/4 cup of duck mixture onto fillo, form into pouch and tie with scallion green. Brush pouches with melted butter and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350oF oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
In small saucepan over medium heat, simmer cream about 10 minutes or until it is reduced to 1/2 cup.
Prepare Blueberry Sauce (recipe below). Spoon sauce on plate and pour a thin ring of cream 1" from edge of sauce. Draw a toothpick toward center of plate and back towards rim of plate to create a pattern or "painting." Carefully place hot pouch in center of plate.Yield: 10 pouches
Ingredients1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries3/4 cup dry red wine3/4 cup water1/4 cup sugar1/8 teaspoon crushed rosemary2 tablespoons heavy cream1 tablespoon corn starch2 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
In small saucepan, combine blueberries, wine, water, sugar and rosemary, Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 7 minutes. In small bowl stir cream and corn starch together until smooth. Purée and strain blueberry sauce, add cream mixture, bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and stir in butter until incorporated into sauce. Do not allow sauce to simmer after butter is added.