Tangy, creamy, buttery, aromatic, and a little bit sweet, this whipped garlic thyme goat cheese spread hits all the right notes!
I hope yesterday’s #FreshTastyValentines recipe for strawberry lemonade chia seed jam was your jam — see what I did there? — but if savory is more your speed, wait until you see what I whipped up for you today … whipped garlic thyme goat cheese spread!
See what I did there too? Okay, I’ll stop now.
As I was describing today’s recipe to The Chef, he told me he thought it sounded good. He then suggested I drizzle the final spread with a little bit of honey.
Umm, you guys? When The Chef tells you to drizzle something with honey, just do it.
Tangy goat cheese + delicate whipped cream cheese + buttery roasted garlic + aromatic thyme + a touch of sweet honey = yes, please.
To make today’s recipe, I used some handly gadgets from one of our #FreshTastyValentines sponsors, Casabella.
Casabella grew out of the idea that housewares and cleaning products could be great looking, fun, and functional all at the same time. To that end, they strive to deliver products — all designed and assembled in America — that are attractive, intuitive, and functional.
And when everything was finally combined — and drizzled with honey just like The Chef suggested — it wasn’t just good … it was great.
In other words … yes, please.
- 1 head garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 10 ounces goat cheese
- ¼ cup whipped cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Honey and additional thyme sprigs for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- With a sharp knife, cut off the top of the head of garlic to expose the cloves, trimming about ¼ inch off the top. Place the trimmed garlic head in a garlic roaster or a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap the garlic head in.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the garlic, letting the oil sink down into the individual cloves. If using aluminum foil, wrap it around the garlic head, then bake until the cloves are soft and golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove the roasted garlic from the oven, and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cool, squeeze the cloves into a small bowl and discard the rest.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, and garlic cloves. Whip for 60 to 90 seconds until smooth and creamy. Stir in the thyme leaves, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
- To serve, place the cheese spread in a serving dish, then drizzle with honey and top with additional thyme sprigs for garnish. Serve with crackers or raw vegetables.