Yes, I'm still talking about Thanksgiving, but this is the last post. I promise. I made these little wedges to go with the turnovers as an appetizer. They are super simple and a great way to use up the remaining herbed goat cheese that didn't go in the roasted beet salad. As I discovered at Ombra, sweet persimmons go well with a tangy cheese and this was no exception.
One year ago: Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Shrimp, Farro, and Leeks
Two years ago: Pasta with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
Three years ago: Parmesan Thyme Crackers
Persimmon-Goat Cheese Wedges
(Adapted from Food & Wine, December 2006)
Makes 12 servings
1/2 cup rosemary marcona almonds, finely chopped
4 ounces herbed goat cheese, softened
4 Fuyu persimmons, sliced crosswise, 1/4-inch thick
Aged balsamic vinegar for serving
In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of the almonds with the goat cheese. Divide the mixture into 6 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut out 12 rounds from the persimmons.
Sandwich each goat cheese ball between two persimmon slices, pressing to flatten slightly. Roll the edges in the remaining almonds and refrigerate until firm, at least 10 minutes or overnight.
Cut each round into quarters and transfer to a plate. Serve the wedges drizzled with aged balsamic.