Sunday, November 25, 2012

Goat Cheese with Asian Pear Marmalade
One 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
1/2C water
grated zest of one orange
2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1/2C packed brown sugar
1 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
one cinnamon stick
4 Asian pears, or a combination of Bartlett and Asian pears, peeled,
  cored and chopped into ½-inch pieces
1 Tbsp. Italian parsley leaves, finely chopped
Italian parsley leaves, garnish

11 oz. log goat cheese

In a medium pan, combine all the marmalade ingredients together.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for three minutes.  Uncover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until soft and not mushy.

Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.  Let cool to room temperature.
Place the log of goat cheese on a platter and spoon some of the marmalade on top.  Garnish with Italian parsley leaves.  Surround with crackers.
MAKES:  8 servings

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