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, 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. A fresh, plain goat cheese is the ideal cheese to marinate as it is mild and adaptable to any flavors. 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 win. 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
- 8 ounces fresh goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1 (2-inch) piece of orange zest
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 star anise
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 cardamom pod
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, for garnish
- flatbread, for serving
- Step 1 Using your hands, gently break up the goat cheese into smaller clumps and place in a wide-mouth medium-size serving bowl. Set aside.
- Step 2 Place the allspice, coriander, and black peppercorns into a mortar and gently crush.
- Step 3 Using a small sauce pot, add the smashed spices in with the olive oil, garlic cloves, orange zest, bay leaves, star anise, red pepper flakes, cardamom pod, and salt. Place over low heat and bring to a simmer.
- Step 4 Once at a simmer, turn off the heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
- Step 5 Pour infused oil over the goat cheese. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves. Serve with crispy flatbread.
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