Perry Soulos of Arrowine & Cheese in Arlington, Va., winner of the fifth annual Cheesemonger Invitational, shares his recipe for his Perpetual Goat-Stopper cheese bite. The recipe earned him a place in the finals—and ultimately the championship.
Soulos’ creation, called the Perpetual Goat-Stopper, is an homage to the Everlasting Gobstopper of author Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and features Redwood Hill Farm‘s Traditional Plain Chevre. The recipe creatively combines the tart goat cheese with sweet grapes, spicy ginger, and crunchy cereal.
Yield: 100 bites
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Shelf life: Serve immediately
6 (4-ounce) containers Redwood Hill Farm Traditional Plain Chevre
1 bag red grapes
6 ounces candied ginger, crushed
1 box Burstin’ Berry Poppin’ Pebbles (or crisped rice/crunchy cereal of your choice)
1. Wash and de-stem red grapes.
2. In a large zip-close bag, combine candied ginger and cereal. Crush contents until still slightly coarse.
3. Pinch off a small amount of chevre (about ½ ounce, or as desired) and use thumb to indent slightly.
4. Place grape in indentation and work the cheese around the grape, creating a smooth and even coating surrounding the entire grape. Set the “naked” grape-cheese truffles on a tray.
6. Gently roll each truffle in the ginger and cereal mixture until evenly coated. Transfer to a serving dish after each truffle is “seasoned.”