As I taste and smell the Ground Cherries, ideas begin to formulate. The only idea with any weight, is a jam… it would most defiantly have to be rich, but not over powering. My goal during my first encounter with the new ingredient, is simplicity; I want to taste the Ground Cherry. The rest of the dish seemed to fall into place around the jam, and as I emerged, to photograph my dish, I realized that I had created a beautiful cheese course.
The Chesse was Les Freres, locally produced and crafted by The Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Characteristically, the cheese is a soft and creamy European styled cheese, with a rich rind with a fruity flavor profile, perfectly unobtrusive and not over powering. I made a jam consisting of the Ground Cherries, Muscat, Golden Raisins, honey, and pectin. It finished with a natural richness that allowed the brightness of the berries shine through.
Garnish consisted of a fresh baked brioche, toasted almonds, fresh Ground cherries (halved & made into a gastrique ), and a couple florets of savory.All in all, I was pleased with the results and the flavor combinations.