I don’t know about you, but when it comes to summer entertaining, I want one thing: EASY. No fussy ingredients or long cooking times, no ma’am. I am looking for fresh, simple dishes that don’t take a lot of time or heat.
Our new recipe for Lemon Herb Goat Cheese Spread definitely fits the bill. Using only a few simple ingredients and with no real cooking required, you can have this crowd pleasing number on your table in under 10 minutes!
This versatile recipe uses simple, fresh ingredients available at your farmers market or local grocery store. The spread comes together with just goat cheese, fresh herbs, half and half, lemon, and salt. I love to grab the Silver Goat brand of goat cheese at Trader Joe’s – it’s really bright and creamy and it’s well priced. While I’m there, I usually pick up a few packs of herbs, too! For this version, we used fresh dill and chives, but you can absolutely grab whatever summer herbs you have lying around and pop them in. I’ve enjoyed it with parsley and lemon thyme.
Goat cheese can be a little crumbly so to lighten up the spread and give it a little smoothness, we add a little half and half. Give it all a quick whirl in a stand mixer and you’re almost done. Add a pinch of salt and some fresh lemon zest to brighten up all the flavors. Now wasn’t that easy? Your friends will definitely be asking for the recipe!
The Lemon Herb Goat Cheese Spread is perfect as a dip for crackers or veggies (I personally love it scooped into baby bell peppers), spread on sandwiches, or even as a topper for baked potatoes. Feel free to get crazy! I find that the consistency of the spread is best when set out a 10-15 minutes before serving, to allow the cheese to soften a bit. The spread can absolutely be served immediately after making, but the flavors will blend and settle when made a few hours to a day ahead of time. It keeps in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
Lemon Herb Goat Cheese Spread
Fresh herbs, goat, cheese, and lemon combine to make a light and airy spread perfect as an appetizer or topper for your favorite dish!
- 11 ounces Goat Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons minced fresh dill
- 2 Tablespoons minced fresh chives
- 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- zest of one lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons half and half
Allow the goat cheese to soften at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip for 2-3 minutes until light and airy.
Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, for up to 3 days.