Goat Cheese Torta

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You know those hickory smoke almonds your guests usually nibble from a bowl? Use them to make a savoury caramelized onion cheese torta-and enjoy an elegant appetizer for 12.

Tags: Easy, 30 mins, Appetizer & Hors d'Oeuvres, Cheese, Fry, For the Holidays, New Years, Holiday Insider’s Report 2011, Vegetarian
Serves: 12
Skill level: Easy
Prep time: 20  minutes
Cooking time: 8  minutes
Total: 28  minutes
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Ingredients

3 tbsp (45 mL) finely chopped PC Hickory Smoke Flavour Roasted Almonds
1/4 cup (50 mL) PC Splendido Balsamic Vinegar of Modena - Two Leaf
2 tbsp (25 mL) PC 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1 onion, finely chopped
1 pkg (300 g) PC Soft Unripened Goat's Milk Cheese

Instructions

  1. Line 2 to 2-1/2 cup (500 to 625 mL) bowl with plastic wrap. Sprinkle almonds to cover bottom of bowl.
  2. In frying pan, cook vinegar, maple syrup and onions over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until onions are softened and most of liquid is absorbed. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Cut goat cheese crosswise into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick slices. Arrange half of goat cheese on top of almonds. Top with all of onion mixture. Arrange remaining goat cheese on top of onions. Cover with plastic wrap. Gently press down on torta to compact layers.  Remove plastic wrap from top of torta, turn out onto a serving platter. Serve with crackers.

Chef's Tips

Can be made 24 hours in advance. Store in refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories 110 Cal
Fat 7 g
Sodium 140 mg
Carbohydrate 6 g
Fibre 1 g
Protein 5 g