Red Wine Caramel with Goat Cheese Mousse

Red Wine Caramel with Goat Cheese Mousse served atop a lightly toasted crostini with fresh strawberries. The perfect hors d'oeuvres for any party/gathering!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Red Wine Caramel with Goat Cheese Mousse
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 258 kcal
Author Yvonne


Red Wine Caramel

  • 2 c. dry red wine
  • 1/2 c. ruby port
  • 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1 c. sugar
  • Pinch of citric acid or squeeze of lemon juice

Goat Cheese Mousse

  • 1 c. heavy cream divided
  • 10 oz. goat cheese softened
  • Salt & Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Crostini and toasted walnuts for serving


Red Wine Caramel

  1. In a saucepan, bring the wine, port, black peppercorns, shallot, thyme, and sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the citric acid. 

  2. Cook over moderate heat, without stirring, until syrupy and reduce to 1 cup, about 35 minutes. 

  3. Strain and discard the solids. Let the caramel cool slightly.

Goat Cheese Mousse

  1. Whip 3/4 c. of cream on medium speed in a standing mixer until it reaches stiff peaks. Move to another bowl and chill.  

  2. Add goat cheese and remaining 1/4 c. cream to standing mixer and switch to paddle attachment. Beat on medium high speed until the goat cheese softens, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

  3. Increase speed to high and mix for 4-5 minutes scraping down sides once during the process. Fold in the whipped cream in four increments and season to taste.

  4. Serve mousse with toasted baguette, toasted walnuts, & fresh strawberries

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Kitchen at Middleground Farms

Nutrition Facts
Red Wine Caramel with Goat Cheese Mousse
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.