There are many "lucky" foods to eat on New Year's: Lentils (to bring wealth), fish (abundance), figs (fertility), noodles (long life), pork, and cake (cake always fits a celebration! Check out Megan's AMAZING cakes at Foodalution! I digress.)
I think, living in Wisconsin, I would have to add cheese to the list. I mean, when is supporting our dairy farmers not lucky?
This small, savory, cheesecake is the perfect appetizer for a party and a great way to feature the delicious flavor of blue cheese. Thanks Lori Dumm for providing me with this recipe! My favorite blue cheese right now is Hidden Springs Bohemian Blue. What's yours?
What food do you eat to bring luck in the new year?
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 lump bluecheese about1/2 to 2/3 the size of the cream cheese
¼ cup roasted red peppers, finely chopped
½ cup caramelized nuts (almonds or pecans work nicely)
½ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup tamarind concentrate (you may need to water down the concentrate, it can be like a jell. Then just dilute it a bit to make ½ cup. You want the flavor to be strong, but the consistency syrupy)
cilantro, finely chopped
crackers or bread
Oil the inside of your mold with olive oil
Put red peppers at the bottom of a small mold
Mix together cheeses and press into mold on top of cheeses
Refrigerate an hour or so until cheeses firm up.
Meanwhile make balsamic reduction by heating balsamic and tamarind in saucepan on stovetop until reduced to a syrup, about 15-25 minutes at a simmer.
Slide a knife around mold and turn the cheesecake upside down onto a plate.
Drizzle balsamic reduction and nuts over top of cheesecake and decorate plate.
Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with toasted good qualilty white bread or crackers (maybe vegetables?)