Chicken Pecan Cream Puff Appetizer
smoked poultry and toasted pecans stuffed into little baked puffs


This is a delicious and different tasting hors d'oeuvre baked cream puffs filled with smoked chicken, cream cheese, pecans and mayonnaise. See more Appetizers

Smoked Chicken Cream Puff Appetizer
recipe and photograph by Peggy Bucholz

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Prep Time: 40 min        Cook Time: 20 min        Yield: 30


1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup flour, sifted
pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup Pecans, toasted, finely chopped
3/4 cup smoked chicken, cooked, chopped finely
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1-1/2 ounce cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
Salt, to taste
zest of one lemon, divided


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan combine butter and boiling water; add flour and salt all at once stirring vigorously until it forms a ball; remove from heat, add eggs beating until smooth.

Put level teaspoons of batter on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 17 to 22 minutes or until lightly brown; remove from oven; cut off the tops, remove and discard doughy centers. Set puffs aside.

In a skillet melt butter over moderate heat; add pecans, toast until golden; transfer to a small bowl and combine with the chicken, mayonnaise, cheese, nutmeg, salt and zest of 1/2 lemon (reserve 1/2 for garnish). Mix well and fill the puffs.

with the remaining lemon zest and serve.

wine Wine recommendation: Pinot Gris; Sauvignon Blanc; Riesling; Chardonnay

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