I asked for some suggestions on what kind of dips to post, and one reader recommended a recipe with goat cheese. I’m a huge goat cheese fan, so I immediately did some research. This one looked great because it could also work beautifully for Christmas, or if you’re having Italians over for dinner. You know, white, green, red. Whatever.
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
4 ounces goat cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ cup prepared basil pesto
½ cup sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
Garnish: paprika, or sundried tomatoes and fresh basil made to look like a wreath
1. Put peeled garlic clove in food processor. Pulse until chopped. Add in cream cheese, goat cheese and oregano and blend until smooth.
2. Line a small bowl with plastic wrap. Spoon 1/3 of cheese mixture into bowl in even layer.
3. Spoon pesto in even layer over cheese layer. Top with 1/3 cheese mixture. Spoon sundried tomatoes (I chopped them in the food processor) over cheese mixture. Finish with remaining 1/3 of cheese mixture. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or until firm.
4. Invert onto serving plate, remove plastic wrap. Garnish if desired.
This was, all in all, a pretty easy dip/spread to make. You do need a food processor or blender. I pulsed the garlic first, then added the cream cheese, goat cheese, and oregano and blended until smooth. Then I cleaned out the processor, and chopped the sun dried tomatoes. After that it was just layering the three spreads. The first layer was the hardest as it was a little messy, but after that it was easy.
Pulse cheeses and oregano and garlic until smooth.
Mmm. Smooth. The cream cheese balances out the goat cheese.
Plastic wrap, cheese layer, then pesto layer
Cheese layer again then sun dried tomato layer.
Final cheese layer...then wrap and refrigerate.
Once firm, flip it over onto a plate and remove plastic wrap. Viola!
I had some dips over (AKA my friends) and they dove into this spread. It was immediately declared a 5 out of 5 pretzels! It’s creamy, sweet, salty, garlic-y, and just plain delicious. It was hard to stop eating it. And, yeah, it’s more of a spread than a dip, but get over it. It’s creamy. Dip your finger in it, but only if your guests aren’t looking.
Crackers, any kind but my favorite are Club
Probably really good on toasted bagels or homemade pizza.