Cocktail Cheese: chic chevre

Cheese and The Cocktail Hour.
Another classic pairing.
Volumes of creative versatility.
Whether a savory cheese board and charcuterie. Buttery brie and creative presentation.
Dips and spreads, or savory sticks and straws.
Or countless other simplicity as amuse bouche.
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Cucumber Goat Cheese Spread
Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
Chevre with Pistachios and Honey
Bleu Cheese Straws
Here’s a trio of savory spreads…
Cucumber Goat Cheese Spread
1 seedless cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped fine (about 1 1/2 cups)
8 ounces soft mild goat cheese (about 1 cup), at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a food processor purée 1/2 cup cucumber with goat cheese, zest, and lemon juice until almost smooth. In a bowl stir together cucumber mixture, remaining cucumber, tarragon, 1 tablespoon onion, and pepper. Spread may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Let spread soften and stir it before serving. Sprinkle spread with remaining tablespoon onion. Serve spread with toasts or crackers.
Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
1 11-ounce package soft fresh goat cheese
*( Montrachet is a lovely selection)
1/2 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
4 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried, crumbled
1/4 cup sour cream ( adjust consistency )
Mix first 4 ingredients in bowl. Thin to spreadable consistency with sour cream. Season with generous amount of pepper. Mound cheese in crock or bowl. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving). Sprinkle cheese with thyme and walnuts. Serve with bread.
Chevre with Pistachios and Honey
11 to 12 oz. fresh chèvre at room temperature
2 tablespoons half-and-half
3 tablespoons orange blossom honey
1/3 cup coarsely chopped salted roasted pistachios
Sesame crackers or flatbread
Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, whisk goat cheese and half-and-half until smooth.
Spoon into a small, shallow gratin dish, spreading level. Bake until cheese is hot in center and beginning to firm up at edges, about 15 minutes.
Drizzle cheese with honey and sprinkle with pistachios.
Serve with crackers or other rustic loaf.
Bleu Cheese Straws
4 1/2 ounces Maytag or other sharp bleu cheese
(1/2 cup packed)
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
In a food processor, combine the blue cheese, flour, cornstarch, butter, salt and pepper and pulse until the dough just comes together. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a 4-inch disk; wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour, or for up to
1 day. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a well floured surface, roll out the dough to a 12-by-6-inch rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Sprinkle the poppy seeds over the dough and press lightly to help them adhere. Cut the dough into 6-by-1/2-inch strips and transfer them to the baking sheet; twist the ends in opposite directions to make spirals. Bake the cheese straws for about 15 minutes, or until crisp and brown. Let the straws cool on the baking sheet before serving.
NOTE:  The cheese straws can be frozen for up to 1 month; recrisp in a 350°F oven.
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