We had guests for lunch yesterday and I alway like to experiment with at least one dish that I have never made before. Today it was the hors d'oeuvre….Goat Cheese Spread with Herbs and Olive Oil. I found the recipe while surfing the web and it looked nice and easy. As it turned out it was also very tasty.
I served it on a platter in the middle of the table and provided a small plate and knife so that my guests could help themselves. Goats cheese is a strongly flavoured cheese but with the addition of herbs, lemon zest and a couple of other ingredients it really is a recipe worth trying.
Hubby and I polished off what was left for dinner last night. It was just the right thing to eat after a large lunch. Here is the recipe:
Goat Cheese Spread with Herbs and Olive Oil
360g soft goats cheese (3 x 120g packets)
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzling
2 tablespoons dry white wine
salt, freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (choose at least two from the following: parsley, chives, tarragon, dill)
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
Good crackers or slices of walnut bread
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
1 celery heart cut into sticks
Put goats cheese, cream, olive oil and wine in a food processor (or mix in a bowl with a wooden spoon). Pulse just to blend. Mixture should be spreadable. If it's too thick add a little more cream. Season, taste and adjust as necessary.
Reserve 1 teaspoon herbs for sprinkling and add the rest to processor. Add the lemon zest. Pulse once more to blend.
Line a small (about 2 cup) round bowl or cup with plastic wrap and fill with the mixture.
Cover and chill at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
To serve, invert bowl onto a serving platter and peel off plastic. With the back of a spoon, level off top of cheese and make a small depression. Drizzle olive oil over the top. Sprinkle with reserved herbs and lemon zest. Arrange crackers or bread slices, tomatoes and celery around cheese and let guests serve themselves.