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
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.