Persimmon-Goat Cheese Wedges

"In late fall there are almost as many persimmons in Napa Valley as grapes," says Maria Helm Sinskey. Among the creative ways she uses them: these wedges of sweet persimmon layered with goat cheese.

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  • 1/2 cup salted roasted almonds, very finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, softened
  • 4 Fuyu persimmons, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • Aged balsamic vinegar, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of the almonds and the parsley with the goat cheese. Divide the mixture into 6 equal pieces and roll each into a ball. Using a 2-inch round biscuit cutter, stamp out 12 rounds from the persimmon slices.

  2. Sandwich each goat cheese ball between 2 persimmon slices, pressing to flatten slightly. Roll the edges in the remaining almonds and refrigerate until firm, at least 10 minutes or overnight. Cut each round into quarters and transfer to a plate. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar and serve.

Contributed By Photo © Frances Janisch Published December 2006

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