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    Friday
    Oct262012

    Goat Cheese Dip

    Last week, Hubby and I went to a nearby tavern for dinner.  They have a goat cheese dip appetizer he really wanted.  I’m not entirely sure he didn’t want to go there because the waitresses wear kilts that barely cover their… assets.  He assured me he isn’t a ‘leg man’, and I assured him that if any of those girls leaned over a table, it wouldn’t be the legs he’d be looking at.  As for the dip, he was definitely right about that.  It was fabulous!  It was simple enough that I figured I could create a similar recipe that would be just as delicious.  Even better, I wouldn’t have to pay 10 bucks for it, I’d be able to control the quality of the ingredients, and no scantily clad girls prancing about. 

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • 8 oz. goat cheese
    • ¼ cup sour cream
    • ¼ cup green onions
    • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • Marinara sauce
    • Slivered almonds

    Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350°.  This is super quick to put together.  Throw your goat cheese and sour cream into a mixing bowl. 

    Break up the goat cheese, and smoosh them together.  A silicone spatula works perfectly for this job.  When you have a fairly smooth and consistent texture, throw in the green onions, parsley, salt, and pepper. 

    Stir again until everything is evenly distributed. 

    Scoop the goat cheese mixture into a shallow dish and smooth out the top. 

    Onto a sheet pan and into the oven for 25 minutes. 

    Pull it out, spoon on ⅓ cup or so of marinara sauce, and put it back in for another 10 minutes. 

    This time when you take it out, move the dish off of the sheet pan and set it aside to rest, then sprinkle on a couple tablespoons of slivered almonds.  It’s always best to toast nuts before using them if you can.  It really brings deepens their flavor.  Put them in for maybe 10 minutes.  I say maybe because nuts are very easy to burn.  Pretty much, when you can smell them, they’re done.  They’ll just barely start to change color. 

    Now just sprinkle them over the dip. 

    Seriously, who needs to go to a restaurant for something that simple to make?  Serve with pita wedges.  You can heat them by just wrapping them in foil and throwing them into the oven with the almonds. 

    What restaurant dish would you like to see recreated? 

     

     

    Reader Comments (3)

    Aw, but I like it when scantily clad girls prance about.

    October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeeley deBorn

    I also like scantily-clad girls prancing about. If we're ever in the area, we'll stop by this tavern and pick some up. Some dip, that is, not girls. Well... maybe a girl, too.

    October 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthe recipe guy

    This is definitely going to be made. Looks delicious and easy.

    October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Blake Dempsey

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