Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Marinated Goat Cheese Spread #ImprovCookingChallenge

Welcome to the first 2020 Improv Cooking Challenge. This group is headed up by Nichole of Cookaholic Wife. And I haven't been very good about participating, but I love the idea of the group, so I will try to be better in the coming months.

The idea behind Improv Cooking Challenge: we are assigned two ingredients and are challenged to create a recipe with those two things. This month's items: cheese and crackers. Nichole wrote, "Create your best cheese and crackers recipe! Cook with the items or share your charcuterie board skills. Non-dairy cheeses can be used." Here's what the crew is sharing...

  • Broccoli Cheese Casserole by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Homemade Cheese Crackers by Cookaholic Wife
  • Oven-Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders by Palatable Pastime
  • Seasoned Keto Crackers by Our Good Life
  • Marinated Goat Cheese Spread by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
  • Homemade Boursin Garlic and Herb Cheese Spread by Pandemonium Noshery
  • Savory Cheddar Herb Cheesecake by Kate's Recipe Box
  • Cheesy Turkey Casserole by Making Miracles
  • Olives & Cheese Crackers by Sneha's Recipe
  • Brie and Havarti Crackers by Sid's Sea Palm Cooking

  • Marinated Goat Cheese Spread

    So, my offering today is less of a cheese and crackers creation and more a cheese creation that you eat with crackers. I hope that qualifies! The best part about this is how easy and flexible this dish can be. You essentially make a dressing for the goat cheese and let it marinate for awhile. I have left it for as little as fifteen minutes; I have wrapped up leftovers and eaten it two days later.

    • 8 ounces soft goat cheese
    • ⅓ C olive oil
    • 2-3 T aged balsamic vinegar
    • 1 T fresh organic thyme 
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
    • zest from one organic lemon (I used a Meyer lemon)
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • salt, if needed (I don't usually add salt)
    • Also needed: crackers for serving

    Spread the cheese over the bottom of shallow bowl or rimmed plate. Sprinkle with thyme, garlic, zest, and black pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

    Let stand for, at least, 15 minutes before serving. But leaving it for at least an hour is preferable.

    Serve with your favorite crackers.


    1. I adore goat cheese with olive oil and nuts, i can't wait to expand my repertoire with your recipe.

    2. I just put some goat cheese on my shopping list. This looks so yummy.

    3. Sounds perfect for my next charcuterie platter. Thanks Cam.

    4. Well heck...I'd smear this on just about anything and everything!!!


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