From Bill’s Kitchen

From Bill’s Kitchen

Goat cheese spread with herbs and extra virgin olive oil from Wangandary Olives …great for entertaining and even better for your waistline!

2016 New Year’s resolutions may have included losing weight and getting back into the gym. Here’s a recipe that ticks all the right boxes for healthy living! Bill Baxter from Wangandary Olives said “I can put this together in minutes and it’s really got the wow factor!”

Simplicity is always welcomed and never goes out of style. Goat cheese spread with herbs and extra virgin olive oil is as easy as it gets. A hint of lemon zest adds a freshness and lightness to the cheese spread. The presentation is stunning and will certainly be a hit with your guests.

This recipe can be used year round and is fitting for any celebratory occasion. Enjoy!

Goat Cheese Spread with Herbs and Olive Oil

Ingredients
  • 225g plain goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Wangandary Olives certified organic extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons good quality white dry wine
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped favorite fresh herbs
  • (use several different herbs for better flavor)
  • 1½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • favourite crackers
Method
  1. In a medium bowl, combine goat cheese, whipping cream, 2 tablespoons olive oil and wine with a hand mixer. If mixture is too thick, add a touch more cream. Season with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon herbs, 1 level teaspoon lemon zest and again blend goat cheese mixture. Readjust seasonings if necessary. Form a ball with the cheese spread.
  2. Wrap goat cheese spread in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. To serve, remove plastic wrap and place directly on a tray or in a small bowl that rests on the platter. With the back of the spoon, make a small indentation and drizzle olive oil into it. Sprinkle with reserved herbs, lemon zest and freshly ground pepper. Arrange crackers around the cheese, every cracker must be in place. Presentation is just as important as taste.

Secret Ingredient:

Memory!

“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.” – Khalil Gibran.

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League. His is best known for his book ‘The Prophet’.