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Goat Cheese Mousse with Red Wine Caramel

Indulge your guests with this instant classic dessert: crostini topped with whipped goat cheese and a decadent, fruity red wine caramel syrup.

Goat Cheese Mousse with Red Wine Caramel

the details

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings: 12


  • 2 c dry red wine
  • 1/2 c ruby port
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 4 c strawberries, hulled (2 pints)
  • 2 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 11 oz. LaClare Creamery Original Goat Cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • Crostini and toasted walnuts, for serving


  1. In a saucepan, bring the wine, port, black peppercorns, shallot, thyme sprigs and 1 cup of the sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Using a moistened pastry brush, wash down any sugar crystals on the side of the pan. Cook over moderate heat, without stirring, until syrupy and reduced to 1 cup, about 35 minutes. Strain and discard the solids. Let the caramel cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, toss the strawberries, orange zest, water and the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and let stand until juicy, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bring the strawberries to a boil and simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened and jammy, about 15 minutes. Transfer the compote to a bowl and let cool.
  5. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the goat cheese, cream, ground pepper and chopped thyme until creamy.
  6. Spoon the mousse into a bowl and serve with the compote, caramel, crostini and walnuts so guests can assemble their own.