Hobelchäs Shaved With Apples & Chestnuts

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Hobelchäs Shaved With Apples & Chestnuts
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  • 3 Winesap apples
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 fresh chestnuts
  • 24 thin slices Hobelchäs
  • 24 leaves parsley
  • 24 thinly sliced Granny Smith apple (half-moon shapes)
  • 24 thinly sliced Granny Smith apple (1 1/4-inch rounds)
  • 16 celery leaves
  • 8 teaspoons Red Wine Apple Puree
  1. Thinly slice the apples on a mandoline. Place the slices in a medium saucepan, cover with the red wine, and simmer over low heat until all the wine is evaporated, about 1 hour.
  2. Puree in a blender until completely smooth and season with the sugar and salt.
  3. Pass through a fine-mesh tamis and chill over ice. 
  4. Using a paring knife, score a small x in the hard outer shells of the chestnuts. Peel the chestnuts so that only the white flesh is left and then thinly slice them. 
  5. Arrange 3 slices Hobelchäs on a plate. Scatter the chestnuts, parsley, apples, and celery leaves on and around the cheese.
  6. Smear 1 teaspoon Red Wine Apple Puree next to the cheese.
  7. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, to serve 8.
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