have you ever made candied pecan crusted goat cheese with a balsamic reduction?
no? well, you should. not only does it take 5 ingredients, but it looks, smells, sounds and tastes completely gourmet all it is SO easy. it may not be “cooking” in the sense that you’re not baking or grill anything, but it’s a simple and easy appetizer and it’ll impress the pants off anyone! i quickly photographed the process so you can see just how simple it really is.
what you need:
1 baguette (sliced)
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup candied pecans
1 log of goat cheese
first…you need to make the “oh-so-fancy” balsamic reduction:
- pour 1 cup of balsamic vinegar in a saucepan
- bring to a boil and add about a tbsp of brown sugar, stir till sugar is dissolved
- turn heat down and let simmer for about 35-45 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes to check consistency*
*the image of the spoons shows the process of the reduction, and the last spoon shows a slow drip and thicker coating, this is where you want to turn the heat off . it should reduce to about a quarter of a cup (that’s a quarter of the original liquid…reducing is simply increasing the viscosity or thickness of the balsamic vinegar)
- roughly chop about a cup of candied pecans (i bought some from trader joe’s)
- spread out the chopped pecans on plastic wrap
- place the goat cheese log on it (it helps if the cheese has been out of the fridge for about 20 minutes to let it soften just a bit)
- use the plastic wrap to help you coat the goat cheese log with pecans (you can leave the bottom side uncoated since it’ll)
- unwrap the cheese, place it on a plate and pour balsamic reduction on top.
…and that’s it. literally. this is one of the easiest dishes, and it will impress most anyone (unless they’re crazy of course).