Simple Marinated Goat Cheese. Are you as much of a cheese lover as I am? If so, this is a great recipe for you to try. It really is so simple and so delicious!
The Goat Cheese
You can use any goat cheese you prefer. I personally like the logs better than the crumbles as they are easier to form. So form them into balls. Pressing gently to get them to hold their shape. Mine are just a little over 1 inch. They can be as big or small as you like! Place them in your container of choice. I used a mason jar, but use a container that is airtight and can hold in the fridge for at least a week.
Now, on to the seasoning. Anything you like will work here, but let me just show you what I used. Fresh thyme, this is one of my favorite herbs ever.
Black peppercorns are also a must for me.
I also use a generous amount of minced garlic, crush red pepper, and salt.
The last step is the oil. I recommend using the best quality you can afford. I used this Pompeian Extra Virgin Robust for mine. It is delicious!
Incorporating The Flavors
Tighten that lid and give it a good shake.
Well, a good, gentle shake. Don't break up the cheese, but make sure you evenly distribute the spices and salt.
Okay, was that not the easiest thing you have made in a really long time? I think so too. Seasonings are adjustable. You can also add seasoning right to the goat cheese before forming it into balls. I love to leave this in the fridge for at least a week. It is best after 2-3 weeks. Now, just know your olive oil will get cloudy in the fridge. Don't worry about this, just bring it to room temp and it will clear again.
The Finished Simple Marinated Goat Cheese
Is this not the most beautiful thing?? It would be perfect on a charcuterie board. Or just a simple snack with crackers or even sourdough. I really can lend itself well to any dish!
If you love goat cheese as much as I do, let me give you a few other recommendations.
Marinated Goat Cheese
- 4-8 ounces goat cheese I used about 6 in mine, but this will depend on the size of your container.
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½-3/4 cup olive oil
- Form your goat cheese into small 1-2 inch balls. Press gently so they will hold their shape. Place them carefully into your jar or container. Slip the thyme in along the sides. Then pour in the remaining ingredients. Seal the jar and GENTLY shake.Place in the fridge for at least 1 week, I like it best at about 2-3 weeks. Serve on your charcuterie board, on crackers, your favorite sandwich, bagels, any dish really. Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!