Duck Confit and Prosciutto Goat Cheese Balls W/ Black Truffle Honey

This one was the result of resurrecting a dead idea from yesterday. I just couldn't get the creative juices flowing yesterday, but today was a new day. I started with a mixture of goat cheese, duck confit, cracked black pepper, and chive. Today I added some thin strips of prosciutto and used a small scoop to portion small balls of the cheese mix. I used fine panko bread crumbs to double bread the cheese. The sauce is exactly what it says, a nice black truffle product I received from someone who has not yet acquired a taste for the mushroom, and some nice honey. I used some very finely chiffinade sage to compliment the dish and add a touch of color.


  1. Hello Benjamin,

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    USDA 100% Organic (White & Black) Truffle Flavored Olive Oil
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