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  1. Goat Cheese Holiday Spread (#16)

    December 6, 2011 by admin

    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.

    THE RECIPE

    Ingredients

    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

    PREPARATION

    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.

     

    THE PROCESS

    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!

     

    THE VERDICT

    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.

     

    THE DUNKABLES

     

    Crackers, any kind but my favorite are Club

    Bruschetta

    Bagel Chips

     

    ALSO

     

    Probably really good on toasted bagels or homemade pizza.

     

     

     

     

     


  2. Blue Cheese Walnut Spread (#14)

    October 25, 2011 by admin

     

    For this week’s recipe, I’m going a little outside my boundaries and posting a spread instead of a dip. Still, you can DIP your knife in and spread it on a cracker, so it almost works.

    THE RECIPE

     

     

     

    Blue Cheese and Walnut Spread from Everyday Food Magazine 

    4 ounces bar cream cheese, room temperature

    ½ cup walnuts, chopped

    salt and pepper

    4 ounces (1 cup) cold crumbled blue cheese

    In a medium bowl, stir cream cheese with a wooden spoon until softened. Mix in walnuts. Season with salt and pepper. Gently fold in blue cheese, breaking up as little as possible.

     

    THE PROCESS

    This is super easy, and a good ‘last minute’ appetizer, since you can just grab the ingredients at the grocery store, mix and serve.

    Cream the cream cheese. (Why does that sound gross?)

     

    Add the walnuts and salt and pepper.

     

     

    Fold in the blue cheese and serve.

    THE VERDICT

    3 pretzels! But don’t dunk in pretzels because they’ll break. This is a spread, not a dip.

    This dip/spread  is good. It’s not great, but when I served it, everyone liked it. Of course, you need to like blue (bleu) cheese. Kealoha wanted more blue cheesiness, which is easy to accommodate. High ranks on ease of this spread. Basically three ingredients and you’re good to go.

    We had steak for lunch with this. I wonder what the spread would taste like spooned onto a grilled hamburger or juicy steak? Mmmm.

     

    THE DUNKABLES

    Crackers (wheat tasted really good)

    Slices of pear (great combo)