I used to frequent an independent restaurant in the neighborhood where I grew up called “Gershwins”. It was a local hot-spot where you could drop in, have a glass of wine and an appetizer, chat with the regulars and of course, listen to a piano player
I took my Grandmother Rozie there for lunch on her 73rd birthday. Her tooth fell out while she was eating a roll. But we had the most amazing appetizer…a Beggar’s Purse…..
A beggar’s purse is basically a puffed pastry filled with anything…it can be sweet, filled with berries, or savory – filled with meat. Think of it as a bundled up crepe, but with a fluffier pastry. I had never made one before, so I researched recipes and came up with one that is pretty darn good.
The thing that makes this Beggar’s Purse so yummy is the fresh shrimp and crab meat, plus the wine cheese sauce. Combining the rich and tangy flavors of the sea with a mildly sharp cheese is just like heaven in a box–or a little ‘purse’.
I was so afraid of the pastry part… I don’t excel in baking..but I took on the challenge and have learned that this is a pretty impressive vessel for anything…shrimp, beef, poultry, you name it. Use your imagination with this steadfast method! And if you’re having a large gathering and want to impress, make the filling in advance; freeze, then thaw at room temperature, fill your purse, and bake…
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