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MIXED FRUIT AND CHEESE VERRINE

 

Ingredients for 4 servings:

 

2 ripe kiwifruit

1/2 pint fresh strawberries

1 large blood orange or Florida orange

1 cup fromage blanc or plain yogurt

2 tablespoons+ milk or light cream

2 – 3 tablespoons honey

 

Directions:

 

Fruit:  Peel and dice the kiwifruit.  Rinse, dry, hull and dice all but 2 of the strawberries into 1/2 “ pieces.  Peel and dice the orange.

 

Cheese: Stir a tablespoon or two of light cream or milk into the fromage blanc until it is easily spreadable.  Add honey, heating it briefly in the microwave if it has solidified.  Sweeten to taste.

 

Assembly:  Layer the fruits starting with the kiwifruit, then the strawberries and then the orange pieces in the verrine.  Spoon a thin layer of the cheese between each layer and over the top.

 

Garnish: Halve the two strawberries lengthwise. Make parallel cuts almost to the green stem end.  Fan out the partially cut slices and place the strawberry half on top of each verrine.  Chill 1 to 2 hours before serving.