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Goat Cheese Dip with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives & Basil

29 Aug

I’m a dip girl. I love how easy and convenient they are. I tend to heavily favor dips as my app of choice and have quite a few that I am excited to share! The dip I am posting today is one of my favorites and one that I make quite often, not only because it is mostly goat cheese (yum!) but because it’s a cinch to make and always a crowd favorite. It takes all of 5-10 minutes and then it’s ready to enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 12oz goat cheese (room temp)
  • 4oz cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1-2 Tbls sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1-2 Tbls kalamata olives
  • 2-3 Tbls fresh Basil (chiffonade)
  • Aged Balsamic
  • Olive Oil

Preparation

Serves: 6-8

Time: 5-10 minutes

All of the additions are “to taste” so taste as you go and if you feel you need more of anything just add it in.

I usually use about 2 Tbls of balsamic and 3-4 Tbls olive oil.

Enjoy!

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Grilled Pizza with Goat Cheese & Figs

21 Jun

I have been told that I talk a lot about goat cheese…which would be a fair statement as goat cheese is arguably one of my favorite foods (if that counts as a specific food??). I pretty much use anything as a vehicle to enjoy it. This past Friday night the vehicle of choice was grilled pizza. Additions of carmelized onions, figs sautéed in balsamic and peppery arugula picked from my little herb pots on our balcony were fantastic! I paired it with a crisp yet smooth Sauvignon Blanc which rounded out the meal perfectly.

Grilled pizza a unique way to use the grill if you want an alternative to the usual meat and fish menu. You can customize the pizza to your liking and it grills up in less than 15 minutes. Just be sure you are at the ready when the pizza is flipped – you have to put your toppings on quickly otherwise the pizza dough will cook faster than it takes the cheese to melt. It is also important to note that all of your toppings should be fully cooked (especially meat) before you put them on your pizza.

Grilled Goat Cheese & Fig Pizza

  • 6 – 8 oz. of goat cheese (choose the softer kind so it spreads easier)
  • 1/4 Cup sweet onions
  • 6 dried Turkish or Calimyrna figs
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp good aged balsamic
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1 small pizza dough round (I got mine at an Italian restaurant that sells fresh pizza dough daily)
  • small handful of fresh arugula
Preparation
Total Time: 30 min
Serves: 2
Heat 2 T. butter in a pan and saute onions on medium high until they become soft and start to caramelize/brown, about 7-10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 2 T. butter in another pan and add sliced figs, brown sugar and balsamic. Saute until the figs are warmed through and sugar has started to caramelize, about 7-10 minutes on medium high heat. Keep an eye on the figs though to make sure the sugar doesn’t burn. Transfer both to a bowl and reserve. Feel free to pour any extra butter/sauce left from the onions and figs into the bowl as well.
Heat grill to high and let it warm up for about 5-7 minutes. Spread out your pizza round and drizzle olive oil on one side. When the grill is nice and hot lay the dough olive oil side down and turn the grill down to medium/high heat (if using propane). After about 5-7 minutes the dough should have grill marks and be a golden brown. Oil the top and flip the pizza. This is where you want to add your toppings. Spread the goat cheese and sprinkle the onions and figs on the pizza. If there is any extra butter that was in the bowl with the onions and figs make sure the drizzle that on too (yum!). Close the top and grill for another 5 or so minutes. When the bottom of the pizza is golden brown and has grill marks it is time to take it off the grill. Toss arugula on top, finish with a drizzle of the aged balsamic and enjoy!!