Beggar's Purse Recipes

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Roasted Pumpkin Filled Crepe Recipe (Beggar's Purse) Recipe

For my husband Lulu's birthday, the three of us took a few days off to visit Paris. My baby Aria is already having a blast, enjoying every bit of Parisian life so far. We arrived last Friday and have already had time to go to museums and wander through Parisian markets. We noticed that Halloween has become increasingly popular in France, and decorated pumpkins are available everywhere. Of course, pumpkins are just as much fun to eat as they are to draw on, so I picked one up and used it to make dinner.

To prepare this recipe I roasted a pumpkin, gathered the pulp and stuffed it into a crêpe. The filling also contains a little Saint Marcellin cheese and pine nuts. I love cooking with this ripe cheese; when warm, it has a robust mushroom-y, earthy flavor.

Give this recipe a try, and you’ll (almost) feel like you're in the City of Lights. I’ll take lots of pictures while I’m here and will share them on my Twitter and Facebook pages, so if you haven’t already, follow / like Pham Fatale for all the updates!

 


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Ratatouille Stuffed Beggar's Purse Recipe Recipe

I’ve made beggar's purses using crêpes as wraps in the past. They look incredibly elegant, but are not difficult at all to make. You could also simply fill the crêpes and fold them in half but I thought tying the purses with parsley stems was a nicer touch for Valentine’s Day.

This time, I filled them with ratatouille and Brie cheese. To the traditional ratatouille ingredients, I added sweet potatoes for a little firmer consistency. If you’re not serving this to vegetarians as I am, the beggar’s purse would make a great companion to steamed fish or a stuffed salmon filet.


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Aumoniere Recipe (Beggar's Purse) Recipe

Aumonière (also known as beggar's purse) is the name of an appetizer made of a filled crêpe bound in such a way that it resembles a drawstring purse. The tie is usually made of chives. I made the filling with a combination of roasted orange bell pepper, kumquat jelly (I'll post the recipe soon), sweet marjoram, lemon thyme, onion chives, non-pareil capers, cream cheese, blue cheese, lemon and pistachio oil.

I tested out the recipe today in preparation for Mother's Day next week. The dish is ultra simple to make and can easily be assembled by a child. It’s a wonderful way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and let them prepare a special meal that they will enjoy as well.


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