Goat cheese with candied almonds

a plate of goat cheese crusted with candied almonds and surrounded by crackers
Today is the first official day of my mid-life gap year. To start, I overslept and then failed to attend a 10:30 a.m. yoga class. Not an encouraging start to a year that’s supposed to change my life. I did, however, manage a walk around the neighborhood and took a shower. I remember reading somewhere that you should take a shower every day to avoid sinking into depression. Well, I managed that, at least.  Also, there’s an electrician here repairing lighting issues I’ve been meaning to get to for a few years. All-in-all, not a bad first day.

This recipe is based on a goat cheese appetizer we devoured during an Innkeeper seminar last week in Asheville (Yes, I’m considering Innkeeping as my next adventure.


Goat Cheese with Candied Almonds


Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 log goat cheese

Directions

  1. Melt sugar in a skillet over medium-low heat without stirring. Sugar syrup should be tan to golden brown once melted.
  2. Add sliced almonds and stir to coat almonds well. Remove from heat and spread almonds on a silicone mat, sheet pan, or parchment paper to cool completely.
  3. Crush almonds using a rolling pin or food processor until crumbs are a bit smaller than pea sized.
  4. Roll goat cheese in candied almond crumbs, pressing crumbs on as needed until cheese is well coated. Serve with crackers or toast slices.

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