Here’s another staple of mine for fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-entertaining. Really, that’s the only kind of entertaining that I’m capable of, due to my incurable procrastinating tendencies. In fairness to me, a lot of the times that we do have friends over, it is a spontaneous gathering. My coping mechanism has been to keep on hand foods/ingredients that (1) keep well and (2) are easy to throw together. Nuts, cheese, aged sausage/meat, crackers, “take and bake” french breads, that sort of thing.
This recipe is perfect for a spring or summer evening with friends and wine. It’s super easy, and perfect if you grow herbs at home. If I’m entertaining people whose love for goat cheese is in question, I’ll change the proportions between the cream cheese and goat cheese to err on the cream cheese side. I myself LOVE goat cheese, so if it were up to me, I’d do 100% goat cheese.
Garlic & Herb Goat Cheese Spread with Naan Bread
6 oz. goat cheese
2 oz. cream cheese
2 TBSP butter
1 finely minced garlic clove
2 TBSP assorted fresh herbs (whatever you like … I usually use basil, chives and parsley)
4 naan breads, toasted and cut into triangles
Set the cheeses and butter out on the counter 30-45 minutes before you plan to make it (unless your house is blazing hot…I’m assuming most people keep their homes in the 69-74 degree range). Once the ingredients have softened, simply mix together the goat cheese, cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the garlic and herbs.
Brush your naan breads with oil and put under the broiler (on low). Once they’re slightly crispy, take them out and cut them into triangles. Plate it up, pour yourself a glass of sauvignon blanc (my preferred wine with this dish), and enjoy!