Endives with Garlic Goat Cheese Spread

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Cheese is great for making appetizers, and goat cheese is particularly interesting because of its strong and tart flavor. Good goat cheese, or chèvre in French, is quite crumbly and not easily spreadable on crackers or, as in this case, endive leaves. Because of its texture, chèvre is great to use in salads, as we did in this kale salad. However, by adding a suitable amount of sour cream it is possible to create a goat cheese-based spread that's both flavorful and versatile.


Goat cheese is much stronger in flavor than many other cheeses and as a result it will usually be the central flavor of any appetizer that contains it (as it will easily dominate any other flavors you may try to add to it). As an alternative to sour cream, you can try using plain Greek yogurt. Or, if you enjoy a stronger taste, try using goat milk yogurt.


Endives with Garlic Goat Cheese Spread
Makes 10

You will need:
1/4 cup goat cheese
3 tbsp sour cream
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbsp finely chopped chives
a crackle of black pepper
10 endive leaves (about two small endives)

Mix together goat cheese and sour cream in a small bowl until evenly combined. The mixture should be thick, but of spreadable consistency (if you find it is still too crumbly, add more sour cream). Mix in the crushed garlic, chives and black pepper. Place about a teaspoon of the mixture onto the base of each endive. Arrange on a plate and serve.


  1. Um, YUUUUUUM.

    I know I'm like a freakin' broken record, but I love your beautifully written recipes (and beautifull PRESENTED, to boot).

    You kick all kinds of ass, my friend!

    My best friends and I did a girly pampering getaway to the Yarra Valley in late December and visited a local regional cheese factory, and MY GOD but the goat's cheese we tried was so good...!

  2. I saw some really beautiful purple endive at the market the other day, but skipped it because I had no idea what to do with it. Now I do - thanks!

  3. Goat cheese, especially chevre, is one of my favorite five foods ever. I just love it. Your pictures are so amazing Kat! I love a simple goat cheese recipe.

  4. What a lovely snack! I love the tang in goat cheese, you're right it would go well with yogurt too.

  5. I love goat cheese and seem to be using it all the time lately. What a great idea to use it with endives. Looks delicious and beautifully photographed.

  6. Oh man, I may need to make some of these immediately. Tangy, rich cheese and bitter, crispy endive sound just about perfect together. :)

  7. Cheese is great for many things. These endive 'boats' look marvelous.



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