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Recipe: Baked Green Dragon Apples with Goat Cheese and Honey Gastrique

Recipe: Baked Green Dragon Apples with Goat Cheese and Honey Gastrique

Recipe: Baked Green Dragon Apples

with Goat Cheese and Honey Gastrique, a Sweet and Savory Appetizer.

Baked Green Dragon Apples 01 Fall or Autumn, whatever you want to call it brings wonderful seasonal ingredients such a fresh apples.  I recently discovered a new strain of apples called Green Dragon apples, which is a cross between a Golden Delicious and the Japanese Endo apple. The result is a low acidity apple with ample sweetness and a slight tart at the back end. This apple has been described as a flavor combination of an apple, pear and pineapple. I thought that comparison was a little hyped, but I tasted a creamy flavor and aroma. On my second bite, I felt like I had just taken a bite out of a classic caramel apple, with sweet and slight tart on the back-end. The flavor was very impressive and perhaps my new favorite apple. By itself this apple is a great healthy substitute for sugary treats. See the description from Melissa’s Produce websiteBaked Green Dragon Apples 02 All types of recipes came to my head after eating this apple, from of course caramel apples to apple pies. Although a modern play on backed apples came to my head as fitting for this royal apple. The following is my recipe for The result is my Baked Green Apples with Goat Cheese and Honey Gastrique. My recipe is perfect for the classiest of dinner parties or for an informal night on the sofa.  The recipe brings both sweet and savory flavors to the palate,  and perfect for folks who who don’t like Goat’s Cheese. Baked Green Dragon Apples 08

Ingredients

  • 3 Melissa’s Produce Green Dragon Apples
  • 4 Ounces of Goat’s cheese –  (feel free to use a flavored goat’s cheese)
  • Homemade Bread Crumbs (see bottom of post for instructions)
  • 5 Tablespoons Honey (preferably orange blossom honey if available)
  • 5 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Fennel Seeds (toasted)

Method

1) Slice Green Dragon Apples in 1/2 inch slices

2) Spoon on Goat Cheese atop theGreen Dragon Apple slices

 

3) Drizzle olive oil on both apple and cheese sides.

4) Two Options

a)For a heartier dish, dredge the entire apple/cheese combo in the bread crumbs to get a thick coat

b) For a lighter dish, sprinkle the bread crumbs over the goat cheese

4) In a toaster oven, bake apples at 350 degrees for 8 minutes and then turn to roast at 450 degrees until bread crumbs are a dark golden brown. Green Dragon Baken Apple with Goat Cheese Collage Bread assemble

Gastrique

A gastrique is a sweet and sour flavored sauce made with a sweet ingredient, like honey, and an acidic ingredient like vinegar. It is used to create moisture, balance/brighten flavors and add color. In this recipe, it is used to add flavor layers to the dish.

1) Toast fennel seeds in the toaster oven at 450 degrees for 5 minutes or until dark brown.

2) In stainless steel pan, mix the honey and balsamic vinegar on high heat.

3)Within  five minutes the mixture will start to bubble; turn the heat to low and mix in the fennel seeds. Let it continue to cook for another 3 minutes to allow the fennel seeds to soften.

4) Depending on the acidity level you prefer, you can increase the amount of balsamic.  This mixture will thicken as it cools, so I recommend leaving it in the pan on the lowest possible temperature until you are ready to serve.

Green Dragon Baken Apple with Goat Cheese Collage Bread Gastrique.jpg

Plating Technique

1) Using a chop stick or honey dipper, draw a line of Gastrique across the plate 

2) Place Baked apple slices over the gastrique and apply another line of gastrique over the apples. 

3) Serve with Fresh Green Dragon Apples

Baked Green Dragon Apples 08

Heartier Version with extra bread crumbs

Baked Green Dragon Apples 10

Lighter version with sprinkling of bread crumbs

 Making Bread Crumbs

1) Toast stale bread (like sourdough) and dice it up

2) Blend the bread in a food processor

3) Toast the bread crumbs in the toaster oven Green Dragon Baken Apple with Goat Cheese Collage Bread Crumbs  

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

34 comments

  1. Great recipe- I totally want it right now…

  2. I like this recipe! The food looks so good!

  3. The recipe sounds delicious. I’ve never heard of green dragon apples. Wonder if they’re more common in certain parts of the country.

  4. I have never heard of some of these ingredients, but it sure sounds good.

  5. I am not much of a cook, but this really looks good.

  6. Yummm…moist and I love apples!

  7. It actually looks like a pretty heathy and tasty dish!

  8. I love goat cheese and green apples, so the rest I’m sure will fall into the right place for me!

  9. Looks very interesting… with anything like this, I would need to double the recipe :)

  10. Yummi-o This looks delicious!!! I will have to give this a try for sure. First time hearing about such recipe. Thanks for posting!!

  11. Added to the recipe book for sure :)

  12. Thanks for the great recipe.. I just pinned it to one of my boards on Pinterest.

  13. This recipe sounds and looks so good! I can’t wait to try this out! I have never heard of dragon apples, can I use granny smith?

    • Deanna,
      Yes a Granny Smith will be a good substitute. You might also try a Mcintosh. Each apple has their own acidity, sugar level and esters so experiment with what is on hand. But if you see a Green Dragon Apple, they are definitely worth a try.

  14. Great recipe!,when i look at the picture i feel like i want to eat :)

  15. your posts always have me salivating. Great recipe!

  16. Ooooo La la you got my number this time Tom.
    I will bookmark this page :)
    Thank you for sharing

  17. Oooo that does look sooo good! I’m going to try this one soon …

  18. Thanks for clarifying what a gastrique. I always wondered. This looks very yummy. I will have to try it.

  19. You had me at the title.
    The recipe was as good as I thought.
    I must make this.

  20. This was a very yummy appetizer you made for me last night. Thank you my love!

  21. I have to say I am very afraid of goats cheese, but this does look tasty.

  22. I except to see Tom with his own cooking show one of these days with all the amazing food he creates!

  23. Goat cheese is one of my fans. I’d like to try this.

  24. It looks like a very good dish. Maybe my son would like to give it a go and make it.

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