I love goats’ cheese, but it can be quite strong.
I have toned it down with the addition of cream cheese and a squeeze of orange juice.
The cranberry jelly and pomegranate seeds add a touch of fun, and they look stunning too.
- 115g soft goats’ cheese
- 2 tbsp cream cheese, softened
- 1-2 tbsp orange juice
- 400ml cranberry and pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp gelatine
- ½ French stick
- Spray oil
- 50g Parma ham
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
1 Blend together the goats’ cheese, cream cheese and orange juice in a food processor, or whisk by hand until light and creamy. Cover and set aside.
2 Warm ½ cup of the juice and stir in the gelatine until smooth and dissolved, add remaining juice and pour mixture into a shallow glass dish. Chill for 3-4 hours.
3 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the French bread into thin round slices and lay on a lined baking tray. Spray with oil and bake for 5-8 minutes until toasted. Cool and allow to harden.
4 Spread the toasted crostini rounds with the goats’ cheese and top with Parma ham. Finish with a little square or spoonful of the pink jelly. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author