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The surprisingly balanced contrast of this appetizer cannot be understated. It is savory and sweet; rich and balanced, earthy and flavorful. Create a fragrant and savory appetizer with a rich mixture of goat cheese, roasted grapes, a bouquet of natural seasonings and Bari’s Orange Infused Olive Oil. Use this marinate as a spread with lightly toasted bread, seasoned crackers or a salad topper.
It will certainly delight your dinner guests.
Marinated Goat Cheese with roasted grapes and Olive Oil
8 ounces of goat cheese
2 cups of seedless red grapes
4 sprigs fresh thyme
3 bay leaves
3 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon coriander seeds
1-star anise pod
1 strip of orange zest (skin)
½ cup of Orange infused Bari Olive Oil
Sal and pepper
1 Baguette diagonal sliced
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Arrange grapes in a baking sheet
Add 2 tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well
Roast for 45 minutes until skin is wrinkled
Remove and let them cool.
In a saucepan place the coriander, garlic, bay leaves, star anise pod, orange zest, thyme and olive oil
Cook on low heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove and let cool.
Slice cheese in 1/4 inch.
In a large mason jar pour all ingredients, including the cheese.
Cover and let marinate overnight at room temperature.
Add more salt and pepper if needed.
To serve, arrange in a large cheese plate.
Enjoy best with sliced French Baguette toasted for 5 minutes in the oven.