On Sunday, February 21, Marin French Cheese Company joined with many other cheese makers, cheese book authors and fine food producers for the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference at MacArthur Place in Sonoma. Marin French was paired up with chef Phillip Kaufman of Sea Ranch Lodge in Mendocino.
Chef Phillip produced a delicious hors d'oeuvre called the "Marin French Blue Apple Tower." This very simple dishes pops with flavor in your mouth. The crisp apple if sour, compliments the creamy and sweet sensation of the Triple Creme Blue Cheese. In addition it is easy and fast to make.
Marin French Blue Apple Tower
1 wheel Marin French Blue cheese
or substitute with Le Petite Bleu
1 Fuji Apple or other sweet apple
1 bunch green grapes
Turbinado sugar (raw sugar)
1/2c fig balsamic vinegar
Start by placing fig balsamic vinegar and huckleberries in a saucepan.
Over med heat reduce mixture by half. Set aside.
Next using an apple corer start at stem end of apple and cut out three cylinders.
Slice each cylinder into half-inch circles.
Slice grapes in half
To assemble tower:
Start with an apple circle. Top it with a slice of cheese to cover.
Place a grape slice on plate and sprinkle with sugar.
Using a bakery torch caramelize the sugar.
Place caramelized grape half on top of cheese.
Drizzle reduction over towers.
Serve using toothpicks