Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

Chances are, you have had this before, especially if you love cheese. If not, you have been missing out.  Marinated goat cheese is an easy and delicious thing; and if you are entertaining, your guests will love it.  It’s casual and flavorful, and it takes very little time to whip up.  Goat cheese, or “chevre” is from the French word for goat.  Made from goat’s milk, goat cheese gets its tartness from the higher (compared to cow’s milk) proportion of medium-chain fatty acids, which are often considered healthful.  Goat cheese makers allow the raw milk to naturally curdle, and then drain and press the curds.

marinated goat cheese

Fresh, plain goat cheese is the ideal cheese to marinate as it is mild and adaptable to any flavor.  Indeed, one of the virtues of this dish is that because the cheese is so neutral, you can feature almost anything you like in the spice department.  The soft texture of the cheese allows for a smooth, spreadable consistency, which becomes even more so after you pour warm oil over it.  The finished product should have a colorful, rustic appearance.

In my recipe, I use aromatic spices like allspice, coriander, and anise, but I also throw in more delicate ones like fresh thyme and orange zest.  This recipe is a great winter recipe, as the flavors are a bit bold and rich–and it goes nicely with a flavorful red wine.  But you can make this in warmer months too.  Served with sea salt crispy flatbread, or a fresh French baguette, this is a delightful way to welcome dinner guests into your home.

marinated goat cheese

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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