Goat Cheese, Grape & Walnut Spread

  • Photo and Recipe courtesy of <a href='http://chefericlevine.com/' target='_blank'>Chef Eric LeVine</a>
  • Yield: 8-10 servings

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups walnuts, divided
  • 3/4 c. honey
  • 1 c. sliced red grapes
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tbsp. fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened

    Directions

  • Coarsely chop 1 cup walnuts; chop the remaining cup of walnuts finely. Place finely chopped nuts in a large bowl and add the honey,&nbsp;3/4 cup sliced grapes, herbes de Provence, coriander, orange zest, orangejuice, lemon juice, and salt. Slowly mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Line an 8-to-10-ounce souffl&eacute; cup with plastic wrap.
  • Soften goat cheese to a spreadable point. Use a piping bag or spoon, fill the bottom&nbsp;1/2 inch of the plastic-lined souffl&eacute; cup (this will be the top) with the goat cheese. Add&nbsp;1/2 cup of the rough-chop walnuts. Sprinkle half the remaining sliced grapes over the goat cheese. Pipe or spoon more goat cheese on top of the grapes, covering them completely. Spoon in about&nbsp;1/2 inch of the walnut-grape mixture. Repeat with a layer of goat cheese, the remaining grapes, the remaining rough-chop walnuts, and a final layer of goat cheese (this will be the bottom). Fold the plastic over the contents of the souffl&eacute; cup. Refrigerate overnight.
  • When you are ready to use the spread, open the plastic wrap and invert a plate over the souffl&eacute; cup. Turn the souffl&eacute; cup over, separating it from the goat cheese spread. Serve with crackers or bread.
  • Chef&rsquo;s Notes:

  • This can be made up to 2 days ahead, stored in the refrigerator. Delicious with a toasted baguette.
  • The combination of fruit and cheese has always been a staple in every traditional kitchen. By adding the citrus zest to this dish you have taken a step into the culinary wow zone. This is a spread that has complex flavors, fruit undertones, and a hint of earthiness from the walnuts. Sit back and enjoy this spread and transport your palate to a happy place.
  • Variations:

  • Substitute Port Salut&reg;&nbsp;or Roquefort for a more intense flavor.