Beekman 1802 BLAAK Goat Milk Cheese is so unique (there’s not another aged goat cheese like it made in the U.S.) that we had to experiment to find the perfect accompaniment for it’s rich, somewhat salty flavor. We worked with our friend Margi Neary, the owner of My Sister’s Place Cafe in Sharon Springs, to create Beekman 1802 BLAAK Onion Jam.
Made with Beekman and other locally sourced onions, as well as aged balsamic vinegar and local maple syrup, it’s sweet – but not fruity – taste is simply perfect when added to a cheese plate with our cheese. Even Martha agrees.
Click here to purchase a jar from us. Of course, even though our jars are made with local onions, you can be even “local-er” by making it yourself. Here’s the recipe, along with a few serving suggestions:
Beekman 1802 BLAAK Onion Jam
3 cups of hand chopped onions (chunky)
1 cup of balsamic vinegar
¼ cup of real maple syrup
1 tbsp of butter
Salt & Pepper to taste
Carmelize onions in butter until tender and golden brown. Add salt & pepper to taste. Add balsamic vinegar and cook about an hour (or until vinegar thickens.) Add syrup and cook about another hour until mixture thickens. Serve at room temperature. Keeps in refrigerator for up to one week.
Here are some ways to use it:
· Slice some thin slices of a baguette and toast until golden brown
· Cut thin slices of pear and coat in a tablespoon or so of brown sugar (set aside)
· Top a baguette slice with goat cheese
· Top with a couple of pear slices
· Top with a dollop of onion jam (not too much – it’s intense)
A companion to a salad (or an appetizer):
· Use a puff pastry – take 1 sheet and brush with olive oil
· Sprinkle with your favorite herbs (I use rosemary and thyme)
· Spread with onion jam
· Top with chunks of soft goat cheese
· Top with other sheet of puff pastry
· Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with more herbs and coarse salt
· Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes (until golden brown)
Try in an omelet – farm fresh eggs, goat cheese, tomato, spinach & onion jam
Use with pork, in a stew, on a burger or a sandwich (great with turkey & melted cheese)
So whether you either grab a jar from us, or make it yourself, we’d love to hear what you think of it.