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Recipe and photo from Fine Cooking Magazine by Martha Holmberg, No.78, May 2006.
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Goat Cheese Spread with Herbs and Olive Oil Recipe
Dips & Spreads,
Prep time: 30 min
goat cheese (about 1 cup), more if needed
heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons extra-virgin
olive oil plus more for drizzling
2 tablespoons dry white
salt and freshly-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (choose at least two from the following:
parsley, chives, tarragon, dill)
1 tablespoon finely-grated
Good crackers or slices of walnut bread
About 1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 celery heart, cut into sticks
Put goat cheese, whipping cream, 2 tablespoons 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 1 or
2 tablespoons more cream and pulse again. Season with salt and pepper,
pulse again, and taste, adjusting seasoning as necessary.
Reserve 1 teaspoon herbs for sprinkling, and add rest to processor. Add 2
teaspoons lemon zest. Pulse once more to blend.
Line a small (about 1 1/2-cups) round bowl or cup with a sheet of plastic wrap and fill with
the prepared cheese 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 back of a spoon, level off top of cheese and make a
small depression. Drizzle olive oil over top. Sprinkle with reserved
herbs and lemon zest. Arrange crackers or bread slices, tomatoes and
celery around cheese and let guests serve themselves.
Makes about 1 1/4 cups or 6 servings.