Showing posts with label chevre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chevre. Show all posts

19 April 2014

Three-Cheese Chocolate Truffles

Three-Cheese Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate cheese has been available for many years in Wisconsin, but it's not something I consume more than once every five years. It's pricey, for one thing, and certainly not in league with spinach, tomatoes and blueberries as a desirable food for gorging.

But it's soooo delicious.

After making and enjoying these truffles last month, it seemed like a great idea to make more for Easter. But life intervened, as it always does, and the carton of Mascarpone has been sitting in my cheese drawer waiting to be opened and savored. Its time had come.

I also had goat cheese and a bit of Brie. Here's how it all worked out:

Easy Three-Cheese Chocolate Easter Truffles
  • 8 ounces coffee-flavored Mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces unripened goat cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons Brie, softened
  • 1/4 cup cocoa, sifted
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • finely-ground almonds
Allow the cheeses to soften to room temperature. Blend in mixing bowl, using a fork. Sift in sugars and cocoa and add extracts. Store covered in refrigerator until slightly chilled. Texture must be cool but rollable. Using hands, form mixture into balls about the size of a large marble.

Immediately coat the truffle with finely ground almonds, in a bowl or a low baking dish. It's best to place the truffle in a mini-cupcake baking cup. Chill covered. The truffles will remain fresh for up to three days but must be kept refrigerated.

I wish you all a joyous and peaceful Easter and Passover season.




15 March 2014

What's in My Cheese Compartment Right Now

Bleu d'Auvergne, strong, not for wimps

Although I live in Wisconsin and love traveling to France, I don't have any special knowledge of cheese: in fact, I learn something new all the time.

Tasting cheese is more enjoyable for me than tasting wine, beer, or even coffee. And yes, even chocolate.

When we finally gave our refrigerator a good cleaning yesterday, tossing out the contents of outdated bottles and jars and recycling the glass, there wasn't much left other than cheese.

Here's what's in my cheese box right this minute:

01 February 2009

Roasted Asparagus and Red Pepper Salad with Chevre and Bacon

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" and "Shop locally - check your pantry" are two phrases I've been hearing a lot of lately.

Except for the doing without, I'm pretty good at being frugal. If someone would have told me even a few years ago that the penurious years of college and the early stages of my career would train me for the rest of my life, I might have been shocked. But I'm closer to retirement than college now, and I'm wondering just what the future holds. We're lucky for now. For now.

So I continue to save scraps of this and that for future soups and stews. My freezer is filled with odds and ends, that make for some pretty interesting and sometimes inspired meal pairings.

Sunday night, we had four red peppers and a bunch of asparagus in the crisper. We wanted a light meal. My husband was feeling flu-ish and I was sure I was next.

Roasted Asparagus and Red Pepper Salad with Chevre and Bacon
  • 3-4 red peppers, washed and trimmed into strips.
  • 10-15 asparagus spears, washed and trimmed
  • 1-2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 medium shallots, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tablespoons chevre
  • 1 tablespoon bacon bits

Pre heat oven to 425. Coat peppers and asparagus and roast them until they begin to turn brown along the edges. You may want to give the red peppers a 10-minute head start. While the vegetables are roasting, brown the shallots in olive oil in a small skillet until they turn transparent and golden. Once the vegetables are roasted, allow to cool for 3 minutes and layer them on a salad plate, sprinkling chevre and bacon bits. Season with fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper.

I added this dressing

This salad would be great with a sausage-based dish or with herbed chicken.