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Summer Charcuterie Spread
Recipe Intro From c.r.a.v.i.n.g.s

She has done it again! @c.r.a.v.i.n.g.s created the perfect summer charcuterie spread that you are going to want to enjoy everywhere this summer with a glass of Ribera y Rueda Wines from Northern Spain. The black pepper cherry jam pairs perfectly with bold Tempranillo-based reds from Ribera del Duero. Also, grab a bite of the ginger apricot jam and a sip of the Verdejo-based wines of Rueda for the perfect tropical, crisp taste. 

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Recipe

Prep time 2hrs
Cook time 50mins
Yield: Serves or Makes 8-10
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For the Black Pepper Cherry Jam

ingredients

  • 1 pound pitted fresh cherries
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sugar

Method

  • Step 1

    In a large pot combine cherries and lemon juice. Cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes until cherries soften and break down.

  • Step 2

    Next add in pepper and sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t bubble over.

  • Step 3

    Simmer on medium-low for 10-15 minutes or until jam thickens.

  • Step 4

    Allow jam to cool before transferring to a glass container with a lid. Refrigerate and consume within 1-2 weeks.

For the Vanilla Ginger Apricot Jam

ingredients

  • 1 pound pitted and quartered apricots
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons ginger, finely grated
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise
  • 11/4 cups granulated sugar

Method

  • Step 1

    In a large pot combine apricots and lemon juice. Cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes until apricots soften and break down. Stir occasionally and keep an eye on it.

  • Step 2

    Next add in ginger, vanilla bean, and sugar. Bring to a boil stirring frequently. Keep an eye on jam because is will bubble up!

  • Step 3

    Cook for about 3-5 minutes until jam thickens.

  • Step 4

    Allow jam to cool before transferring to a glass container with a lid. Refrigerate and consume within 1-2 weeks.

For the Fried Goat Cheese Balls

ingredients

  • 1 log (11 ounces) goat cheese
  • 11/2 tablespoons minced sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for serving
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Honey, for serving

Method

  • Step 1

    Place goat cheese in a bowl with minced sage, ½ tsp. sea salt, and 1 tsp. lemon zest. Mix until well combined.

  • Step 2

    Roll goat cheese mixture into 1 to 1 ½ inch balls.

  • Step 3

    Place flour, egg, and panko into three separate bowls.

  • Step 4

    Dip each goat cheese ball into the flour, followed by the egg mixture, and finally generously coat in breadcrumbs.

  • Step 5

    Place goat cheese balls on a plate or tray and freeze at least 20-30 minutes before frying.

  • Step 6

    Line a plate with paper towels. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a deep heavy bottomed pot. Test the heat of the oil by frying one goat cheese ball—if it melts or disintegrates the oil is not hot enough.

  • Step 7

    Fry goat cheese balls in batches until golden and hot inside. Turn them frequently when frying, allowing about 3-5 minutes of cook time.

  • Step 8

    Place onto prepared plate to drain excess oil.

  • Step 9

    Serve immediately with honey, more lemon zest, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

To Assemble

ingredients

  • Assorted crackers
  • Fresh fruit
  • Assorted nuts
  • Cheeses, of choice
  • Charcuterie, of choice
  • Olives