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Goat Cheese Crostini with Orange and Black Pepper Marmalade (Serves 6)
courtesy of Ameila Saltsman

The marmalade can also be served with a cheese plate or simply spread on toast.

To easily cut an orange, place the peeled fruit in the freezer for a few minutes until it firms up slightly.

8 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, room temperature
4 oranges, (any variety will work) divided
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Fresh lemon juice (optional)
18 1/2-inch-thick slices French or raisin baguette, toasted

  1. Place goat cheese in small bowl. Finely grate 1 teaspoon peel from 1 orange; stir peel into cheese.
  2. Using vegetable peeler, remove peel (orange part only) in strips from remaining 3 oranges. Cut peel into 1/8- to 1/4-inch pieces and place in medium saucepan. Using small sharp knife, cut white pith from all 4 oranges. Working over another small bowl to catch juices, cut between orange membranes to release segments. Squeeze any remaining juice from membranes into bowl. Discard membranes. Coarsely chop orange segments and add to saucepan along with any juices. Add juices from bowl to saucepan. Stir in honey and 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and cook uncovered until thick and reduced to 1/2 cup, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Cool. Season with more ground black pepper to taste and with fresh lemon juice, if desired. DO AHEAD: Cheese and marmalade can be made 1 day ahead; cover separately and chill. Bring to room temperature before assembling crostini. Top toasted baguette slices with goat cheese, then marmalade. Place crostini on platter and serve.

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