I wrote yesterday about how a homemade bread can jazz up any other humble dishes to make a meal. Well, whether or not you made your bread from scratch, I hope you have some handy. Because you’re going to be wanting some as an excuse to eat this spread.
Heidi Swanson describes it as “Dill Butter” in her Super Natural Every Day cookbook, but I like to increase the ratio of goat cheese to butter to play up the tangy creaminess (and so that I feel like I can spread it a little more thickly). This recipe makes a good amount, and although you’ll be happy to have it in the fridge all week long, you might want to halve it if you’re not making it for a party.
You can also play around with the herbs, of course. As made, the dill flavor predominates deliciously, but a wander through the garden might inspire you to take this combination in a different but equally alluring direction.
Herbed Goat Cheese and Butter Spread with Dill, Chives, and Shallots: Mash a stick of soft butter with 1/4 tsp. salt and 2 Tb. each finely chopped dill, chives, and shallots. Crumble in a cold 4-5 oz. package of fresh goat cheese (chevre) and stir in gently, leaving chunks of goat cheese throughout the butter. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to one week. If you refrigerate the spread, return it to room temperature before serving.
I bet its wonderful on warm bread.
So good! In fact, I should make some warm bread today to sop it up.
I heartily approve of the extra goat cheese! In fact, I might try this combination out with some cultured cream cheese and see how that goes. Thanks for the idea!
What is cultured cream cheese? I think you’d do well with anything creamy here, so it sounds fine. :)
Yum! And I’m also thinking some sliced radishes would be good on top of that upon some bread. (I had written a response to your radish post a couple of days ago, but it got lost before I published it. Of course, now I can’t recall what brilliant insights I had then…)
Oh, yes–that is brilliant insight enough. This butter layered into little radish tea sandwiches? It’s time for a tea party. Or a derby?
Either sounds grand! Well, actually, the former sounds best.
This is so awesome! Like home-made Boursin, but a million times better! Love it.
It’s a pretty great combination! Boursin is kind of unexpectedly delicious, but this is even more so. :)
Oh yum! I love these homemade butter spreads! I use to make them but got too busy and stopped all together! You’ve inspired me to start again :)
I’d say it’s worth getting back on the special-butter bandwagon. I like how one good condiment can make a meal! :)
You caught me on herbed goat cheese! Yum!
I’m so making this. Perhaps to have with some freshly made mini artisan bread rolls…
Yes! This plus homemade bread and you basically have a meal. Maybe a salad, too. :)