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Warm Crispy Goat Cheese With Tomato-Mango Chutney
1st PlaceWarm Crispy Goat Cheese With Tomato-Mango Chutney

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Challenge: Recipe (Food or Beverage) (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Date: Jun 29, 2013
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4
Date Uploaded: Jul 1, 2013

Recipe for the Goat cheese and the Chutney. I garnished it with Radish and clover sprouts, and some Chervil but you can skip this step, it was mainly for presentation.


Crispy Goat Cheese


1 (11-ounce) log plain or herbed Goat cheese
2 extra-large egg whites, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Panko japanese bread crumbs


Slice the Goat cheese into 1" slices (comes out to about 7). (The easiest way to slice goat cheese is to use a length of dental floss.) Dip each slice into the beaten egg whites, then the bread crumbs, being sure the cheese is thoroughly coated. Place the slices on a rack and chill them in the freezer for about 15 - 20 minutes.

Melt 1 tablespoon canola oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat until just under smoking. Cook the goat cheese rounds quickly on both sides until browned on the outside but not melted inside.

Tomato-Mango Chutney


2 1/2 cups diced mangos
1 1/4 cups diced and seeded tomatoes (I also peeled them but you don't have to do that step)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 dried cranberries
Freshly ground black pepper


In a medium saucepan, heat the oil and add the chile flakes. Be careful not to burn the chile, just toast to flavor the oil. Add the onions and sweat until soft, about 2 minutes. Add in the rest of ingredients

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until thick, about 30 minutes, stirring often to keep from sticking. Let cool, and store in an airtight container.


Post challenge:

Food is definitely a passion (and weakness) for me. Cooking is something I've enjoyed doing since I was a kid.

The goat cheese recipe is courtesy of my friend, Ina Garten, ok...I don't really know her but really like watching her show, and is a very simple dish to make. I've also had it with a salad and have prepared it half thickness and put them into a hamburger slider with buffalo wing sauce. The chutney is kind of just a basic mango chutney recipe that I've experimented with over the years and added and subtracted things. I did add about a 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in this one which was good.

For the shot, I know it's kind of cluttered but wanted it to look like a normal table setting. The shot is in natural light on a table with a large glass door directly in front and a large window to the left of the setting.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to vote and comment.

Place: 1 out of 28
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07/12/2013 04:39:28 PM
That looks absolutely amazing. Musty try! *drooling* thanks for the hints!!! Ohyeah and congrats on da blue :-)
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07/12/2013 08:05:26 AM
Beautiful and looks tasty, congratulations on both food ribbons, the presentation of both meals is superb and so perfectly photographed all I can say is what time should we all be there for dinner?
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07/11/2013 10:14:09 AM
Beautiful image! Congrats on the blue.
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07/10/2013 03:44:39 PM
A well deserved ribbon!
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07/10/2013 10:19:10 AM
What could you do taking a photo of those spaghetti in May in Rome? ^_^

Congrats on the blue!
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07/10/2013 08:21:54 AM
wow! Go Mr. Versatility!
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07/10/2013 05:34:07 AM
Nice finish Mark!
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07/10/2013 01:31:26 AM
Good one Mark, sounds so yummy must try it.
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07/10/2013 01:01:54 AM
Congratulations on the blue. Looks yum!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/09/2013 05:04:07 PM
I hope the recipe also gives away how the Tomato-Mango Chutney is made. I would certainly order this in a restaurant when it's presented with this picture. Very tasteful presentation.
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07/08/2013 11:57:29 PM
Yum! Tasty looking treat and terrific shot. Great light, composition, DOF with the perfect focal plane. Bravo. My top pick.
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07/08/2013 02:19:42 PM
This looks very appetizing and displayed very well. My top pick
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07/08/2013 10:10:39 AM
This looks scrumptous, I'm not sure about having the napkins there in the shot either the fork, I think just the plate alone would of looked great, bumping up.
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07/08/2013 03:01:30 AM
Sounds and looks good. In my top 5
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07/06/2013 02:38:46 PM
Wows, that looks wonderful, and a great photograph.
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07/04/2013 11:03:24 AM
extra point for use of the word chutney
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07/04/2013 10:39:26 AM
Top 3
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07/03/2013 11:28:37 AM
A very nice food image.
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07/03/2013 07:45:41 AM
Makes me hungry, nice work
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07/03/2013 12:09:29 AM
Delicious.....nice pic!
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