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.

7 comments:

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!