With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about food, gathering, and libations! For those tasked with bringing an appetizer and wine to a party gathering, we asked our tasting room manager, Joey, to share an app and wine pairing that she’ll be serving this holiday season.
Baked Goat Cheese
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- 1 onion, chopped fine
- Salt and pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (8- to 10-ounce) log goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Add onion and 3/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
- Add garlic, paprika, cumin, pepper flake, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Adjust the oven rack 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler.
- Place goat cheese log between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Flatten cheese into 1-inch-thick disk, 3-4 inches in diameter, cupping your hands around the exterior of disk as needed to make it a compact shape.
- Transfer tomato sauce to shallow 2-quart broiler-safe dish. Place goat cheese in center. Broil until goat cheese is well browned, about 8-10 minutes.
- Garnish with parsley and lemon zest over sauce and drizzle with extra olive oil. Serve with crackers or crostini.