Party time

It’s party season, and all I can seem to think about is appetizers. Nuts, cheese, olives, cheese . . . my brain seems incapable of making it past the dinner bell. I even have filling for a wacky version of spanikopita in my fridge (did someone say sausage?), waiting patiently for its phyllo outerwear to defrost completely.

I do hope you’re ready for nibbles.

Olive-Marinated Goat Cheese 1

Olive-Marinated Goat Cheese (PDF)
Recipe 351 of 365

Serve the goat cheese rounds at room temperature, for spreading on strong crackers; place them in the center of a nice, smooth soup; or melt onto toasts to top a salad.

TIME: 10 minutes, plus marinating
MAKES: 6 servings

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 large orange
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, very finely chopped
3 small sprigs thyme, roughly chopped
1 4-ounce log goat cheese, sliced into 6 rounds, or pre-sliced goat cheese medallions

Mix all the ingredients except the goat cheese in a small bowl, and stir to blend. Arrange the goat cheese in a large, shallow bowl or baking dish, and drizzle the olive mixture on top. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour before serving, or cover and refrigerate overnight.

Olive-Marinated Goat Cheese 5

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2 responses to “Party time

  1. Hilary

    This looks perfect for the snacks only lunch I’m thinking of for Christmas day.

  2. Mmmm. Spinach or kale and sausage are one of my favorite combinations. Good call.

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