Baked Goat Cheese in Sofrito

Pairs excellently with wine! Make the sofrito and cheese mixture early so that flavors can marry in the fridge.

Baked Goat Cheese in Sofrito
Baked Goat Cheese in Sofrito

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

2

appitizers = 6 - 8 servings each

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

2

servings

Ingredients

  • FOR SOFRITO:

  • 2

    14-16 ounce cans of diced tomatoes

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 1

    large yellow onion

  • 2

    orange/yellow bell peppers

  • 2

    jalapenos, seeded

  • 1

    tablespoon minced garlic (3-4 cloves)

  • 2

    tablespoons paprika

  • 2

    teaspoons cumin

  • 2

    tablespoons Italian Seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme)

  • 1

    teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

  • 1

    cup Cabernet Savignon or Pino Noir

  • salt & pepper to taste

  • FOR CHEESE:

  • 2

    ounces goat cheese

  • 2

    ounces cream cheese

  • 3

    tablespoons butter

  • 2

    ounces Parmesan Cheese, grated

  • 2

    cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1

    loaf herbed focacia bread

Directions

FOR SOFRITO: 1. Heat dutch oven over medium heat, add olive oil. Rough dice onion, bell peppers, and jalapenos and add to Dutch oven; also add garlic. Season with salt and sweat ingredients until soft, but not browned. 2. Add wine and tomatoes, and seasonings. Bring to a simmer, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. 3. With a stick blender, blend sofrito until thick sauce like consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Split into two containers. FOR CHEESE: 1. Using a fork, blend all ingredients. Split the mixture in half and place on 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Shape into a ball. Place in the refrigerator until needed. TO FINISH: 1. Preheat oven to 400. In small baking dish coated with nonstick spray, place 1 container of sofrito into the dish. Place 1 ball of goat cheese in the middle. 2. Bake until the cheese is browned and soft. About 15 minutes. 3. While the cheese is baking, slice focatia bread. Coat both sides of slices with olive oil and grill bread. 4. Serve Baked goat cheese with the grilled focacia.

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