Hello cheese lovers! Headed to a farmer’s market this weekend? (Yep, we are, too!) Pick up some farm-fresh herbs and craft your own artisan cheese ball in no time. Chef Mike shares one of his favorite recipes below. May we suggest that you add fresh crostini, a crisp Rose’ wine and some friendly neighbors…its summer entertaining at its very best. Enjoy!
Farmers Market Herb Goat Cheese Ball
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
8 oz chèvre (goat) cheese, crumbled
zest of one lemon
2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
shhh…our secret ingredient: dash of hot sauce
In medium bowl, mix softened cream cheese, goat cheese, lemon zest, chives, salt, pepper, hot sauce and about 80% of the fresh herbs. Save some fresh herbs and all the nuts for step 2. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Working quickly, shape mixture into a ball.
Once chilled, remove ball from refrigerator. In a separate bowl, mix walnuts and remaining fresh herbs. Roll cheese ball in walnut and herb mixture to coat.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve with fresh crostini.