So much Goat Cheese, so little time...
- jwbarth May 21, 2008 11:36 AM
Okay, so i've come into more goat cheese than I know what to do with. All sizes, shapes, soft, hard, aged, soft rind, rolls, logs, wheels...
I'm overwhelmed and could use some help with recipes/ideas. Thanks.
Use the most perishable first, obviously.
Have a tasting party!
For soft goat cheese, it is great spread on crostini or your favorite crisy cracker and topped with black olive tapenade, Or instead of tapenade, a sun-dried or oven-roasted tomato and a drizzle of pesto.
Stuffed tomatoes: cut ripe plum tomatoes in half across their equator, use your fingers to get the juice and seeds out, stuff goat cheese into the resulting spaces, top with a mixture of equal parts bread crumbs and grated Parm held together with a tiny amount of EVOO, roast until soft and the topping is golden brown (maybe 20 mins at 375?), then serve with pesto drizzled over the crusty top. Mmmmm, that's what's for dinner tonight....
Oh and also goat cheese is great crumbled over a lentil salad (lentils in garlicky-mustardy vinaigrette) with some chopped chives or scallions.
... and eaten with radishes.
... and filling an omelet along with sauteed baby spinach.
Bone in chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese:
Saute a shallot in 2T butter until soft. Add some fresh chopped rosemary near the end of cooking. Turn off and add goat cheese while the pan is warm. Add freshly cracked black pepper and kosher salt to taste. Mix thoroughly and place mixture in a small bowl and into the freezer to firm up a bit.
Brush a little olive oil on the chicken breasts and salt and pepper.. Pull up the chicken skin to make a pocket and stuff 2 Tablespoons of the cheese mixture under the skin. Roast in the oven at 375 for about 30-40 minutes,or until done. Sometimes I make a pan sauce from the drippings with some white wine or dry vermouth added.
Goat cheese enchiladas. There are tons of different versions online, I like this one with tomatillo
Also, leek and goat cheese tart http://www.freecookingrecipes.net/rec...
Or for a quick snack, those tiny pita breads stuffed with goat cheese and popped into the toaster oven to crisp up...yum!
As an appetizer, stuff the goat cheese into medjool dates with prosciutto and mint..or if you're not a fan of meat, top with a toasted nut and mint.