Saturday, August 11, 2007

Saturday Kitchen: Sun-dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Spread

I like making this recipe in the summer, when there is fresh basil growing on my deck. It looks very appealing when it’s prepared as instructed below, but sometimes I just mix everything together and serve it pre-mixed. Increase the amount of tomatoes, olives and balsamic vinegar if you want a more intense flavor. (The drawing is ink with watercolor pencils, applied with water brush - very anemic result.)

Sun-Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Spread
(Adaptation of recipe by Chef Charlie Trotter)

10-12 ounces soft goat cheese
8 ounces cream cheese (light is okay)
½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
½ cup pitted and chopped kalamata olives
3 tablespoons basil, cut into a fine chiffonade
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon + balsamic vinegar

Combine the goat and cream cheese together in a bowl. Form into a round shape and place in the center of a large plate and press the cheese down slightly. Combine the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, basil, olive oil and vinegar. Pour the tomato mixture over the cheese. Arrange pita chips or crackers alongside the cheese mixture and serve immediately.


juj said...

Either you have to quit posting such delicious sketches and recipes or I have got to learn to quit reading your posts when I'm hungry! ;-)

Amy said...

That sounds so good!

shirley said...

Thanks Sharon. I copied your recipe directly to my hard drive and will try it soon.

Lynn said...

Nice drawing! ANd the recipe sounds delicious, too.

Anna said...

Time for dinner! I like the combination of recipe and drawing!

Claudia said...

...It's not only a wonderful sketch, the recipe sounds good, too!

And to answer your "coffee"-question:
Yes, coffee is less expensive...what I still don't know is if coffee has a sufficient lightfastness...but we will see. I like the monochrome way of painting with it. It has a calming effect (on me)!

phthaloblu said...

Another great recipe and sketch!