Rough Climates Produce Delicious Ingredients
Dry, hot climates are perfect for goats and cactus, so we thought we would match our guest Mixologist Matty Gee’s Prickly Pear Cocktail with an easy goat cheese appetizer that whips up in a snap!
Thyme and garlic are the chef flavor elements of this easy goat cheese spread. Add just a touch of olive oil for a creamier texture. And, as usual, I had a stack of flour tortillas in the fridge. I toasted them on my cast iron griddle and they made a perfectly crispy cracker for the herbed spread.
A Taste of Honey
You may not expect to serve a honey alongside this herbed goat cheese spread, but I can't recommend it enough. You can drizzle the honey over the top of your chilled goat cheese spread, or you can serve it in the side if anyone has their doubts as to its deliciousness.
Greece is the Word
I can't help envisioning the flavor of Greece with this appetizer. Goat cheese, thyme, garlic and honey are all classic Greek flavors - ingredients that are all quite popular and produced in my dear ol' state of Texas. Greece and Texas are both hot, dry climates but I'm not too sure if Greece celebrates the prickly pear the way we do. I would have to investigate.
Try mixing together this quick goat cheese appetizer the next time you are headed out to a pool party. No cooking, different and delicious, this easy nibble will elevate you far above that guy that always shows up with a six pack and a bag of the bargain pretzels. We ain't kiddin'.
Goat Cheese with Thyme, Garlic and Honey Recipe
- 4 oz. goat cheese, softened
- 2-3 sprigs thyme
- 1 small clove fresh garlic, finely minced
- 2 tbsp. honey
- Thyme and 2 bay leaves for garnish
Place the goat cheese on a large flat plate or pie plate. Remove the leaves from the sprigs of thyme, and add to the plate. Discard the thyme stems. Using a fork, mash together the goat cheese, thyme, and minced garlic. Combine well.
Using a rubber spatula, remove the goat cheese from the plate, and place in a square of waxed paper. Close the paper around the cheese spread, and shape into a log. Place the cheese log in the freezer for about 30 minutes, or chill in the refrigerator from 4 hours to overnight.
When you are ready to serve, remove the goat cheese from the waxed paper, and place on a bed of 2 bay leaves. Drizzle with the honey, or serve the honey on the side. Garnish with the thyme sprig.