- 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 drops yellow paste food coloring
- 1 drop red paste food coloring
- 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
- 2 eggs
- 20 sprigs fresh Italian parsley, stems removed
- In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and vinegar. Cover and refrigerate. In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the yellow and red food coloring; stir Romano cheese and food coloring into dough. Add eggs, one at a time; beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
- Drop by level tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
- Using a star tip and reserved cream cheese mixture, pipe stems onto puffs. Add parsley sprigs. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 10 servings.
Reviews for Peter Pumpkin Cheese Puffs
"so cute and easy to make. the taste is excellent. i needed to keep them for a while so half of them received almond leaf inserts instead the cream cheese stems. worked perfectly and in my opinion looked better."
"I expected these to turn out dry/plain-flavored for me, but they were actually perfect (which I guess means they were hard to mess up ;). Nice and cheesy--they disappeared quickly. The parsley actually added a nice touch of flavor too, so don't leave it out!"
"Not a good combination of flavors."
"This is so cute and fun! Definitely going to make for my halloween party this year."
"This is basically a Pâte à Choux recipe that is savory instead of sweet. I would not think kids would like it but if you were to fill the pumpkins with say, herbed cream cheese or something they might go for it! I made this for halloween happy hour along with various other themed nibbles and everyone loved it! I may make them larger next time and fill them with something yummy for Thanksgiving. Like cream puffs!"
"Not the best- needs more cheese flavor and a better texture. My daughter wanted to spit it out. I thought they were slightly better than that- although we'll see tomorrow at the pre-K halloween party!I cut a celery into little "stems" and used celery leaves at an accent instead of the parsley."
"The cream cheese directions are very clear BUT why mess with that? I used a piece of a cinnamon stick(found in spice aisle)as looks just like a pumpkin stem."
"The cream cheese mixture instructions are very clear but why mess with that-I used a peice of a cinnamon stick(found in spice aisle) as looks just like a pumpkin stem."
"This is the type of thing that I remember kids in daycare liking to eat, but as an adult . . . it just seems like a waste of perfectly good cheese. :} The idea is cute, but the end product just tastes too much like artificial food for me to enjoy. I think that children would probably like it, though, so that's why it gets 2 stars instead of one."