In Frozen Detective: A Piper & Porter Mystery, private eye Darby Piper pretends to be Tate Porter’s date for a fancy party at a mountain lodge. The two are secretly investigating a case, and most of the guests are dressed to kill. Every detail of the event is elegant, from the décor to the appetizers, including these Goat Cheese Phyllo Puffs. They’re simple to make, and like Darby, you might not be able to eat just one!

Prep Time: 30 mins.
Cook Time: 20 mins.
Serves: 16

3 ounces (¾ stick) butter, unsalted, melted
16 - 9" x 14" phyllo sheets, thawed if frozen
1-pound chevre (goat cheese), mild

1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Scoop chevre into 24 - 1 tablespoon portions and reserve on wax paper.
3. Gently unwrap phyllo dough from packaging and unfold. Cover stack of phyllo sheets with plastic wrap followed by a damp kitchen towel. Remove one sheet of phyllo and re-cover the stack. Lay the phyllo on a work surface with the short side in front of you.
4. Brush with melted butter. Lay a second sheet of phyllo on top of the buttered phyllo. Brush with more butter. Cut the stacked phyllo from short side to short side into 3 even (3" x 14") strips.
5. Place 1 scoop of cheese near the corner of a phyllo strip on the end closest to you, then fold over to enclose filling and form a triangle. Continue to fold the strip like a flag, keeping the triangle shape. Lay pastry on a baking sheet, seam side down. Brush top with butter.
6. Repeat until all the phyllo has been used. Recipe may be prepared up to three days in advance at this point – simply wrap in plastic and store in the freezer).
7. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown, rotating the pan once to ensure even browning. Cool slightly before serving.