This simple and healthy dish features a round of goat cheese topped with a tangy sweet cherry compote. It can be used as a dessert or appetizer.
One of the best things about summer is the plethora of juicy summer fruits that are made available to us either from local producers or certified organic. In terms of home-grown produce, we can delight in the joys of freshly picked strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. And nearing the end of the summer I will most definitely be foraging for some wild blackberries. What can be better than taking a trip to your local store, selectively filling up your own punnet and taking home your spoil for immediate consumption. Succulent peaches and nectarines arrive during summer, and soon our breakfasts, desserts and snacks become deliciously fruity, sweet and juicy.
- 1 pound sweet cherries, pitted (about 3 cups) preferably Rainer
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (or substitute with Sucanat
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- Cook cherries and sugar over medium-high heat in a skillet, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes.
- Sprinkle in vinegar and thyme; cook 1 minute.
- Slice goat cheese into 4 rounds; top with warm compote, or refrigerate compote, covered, up to 3 days.
As “America’s super fruit,” cherries offer the vital nutrition for a long and healthy life. One cup of cherries contains 90 calories with an ample supply of fiber, protein, and vitamin A and C.
Goat cheese has a chemical profile that makes it favorable for people who suffer from aversions to dairy products made from cow’s milk. Goat cheese contains less lactose than cow’s milk and cheese, and contains smaller fat globules, which make the cheese easier to digest. A serving of goat cheese generally contains fewer harmful substances than a typical brand of cow’s cheese, while providing similar, if not more, vitamin and mineral content.
Local and Organic Summer produce arrives every
Wednesday & Friday at Harvest Market
Make it a goal to source locally grown organic produce, organic pastured eggs, raw dairy products, oils, and grass-fed meats as much as possible.