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Macadamia Nut Encrusted Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 small log of goat cheese
  • 3/4-1 cup chopped macadamia nuts toasted
  • baguette slices fresh or toasted
  • Sweet soy glaze optional
  • For salsa:
  • 1 mango peeled and chopped small
  • 1/3 finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper chopped fine
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped fine
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. After chopping and toasting your macadamia nuts unwrap the goat cheese. Mash it out to about 1/2"-3/4" thickness. Press the nuts into both sides of the goat cheese. Bake in 350° oven for about 10-15 minutes or it just starts to melt a little.
  2. Remove cheese from oven and put on your serving dish. Top with mango salsa and serve with the baguette slices.
  3. For the salsa, chop the red onion, red bell pepper,  jalapeño, cilantro and mango. Mix together and add salt and pepper and the balsamic. Top the goat cheese with as much of this as you like and serve the extra along side if you have any chips available.
  4. *Note: I also drizzled with a sweet soy glaze. I use to be able to buy this but I no longer see it in the store. What I did was take a small bottle of soy sauce, add 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. rice vinegar and reduce this down for about 15-20 minutes. It swill thicken a little when it starts to cool. You do not have to do this step but I like the flavor of the soy with the salsa.