Posts Tagged ‘Chives’

White Asparagus Goat Cheese Soup

I’ve been meaning to make this soup for quite awhile now. Since last June, in fact, when I tasted it at a conference in Washington D.C. I’d never had white asparagus before, and it tasted so good and creamy in soup form. Plus, add goat cheese to anything and I’m a goner. Anyway, it’s a rainy and cold day, so I figured today would be the perfect time to post this recipe. Since I only knew that the original recipe contained white asparagus and goat cheese, I kept it pretty basic.

A fair warning though- white asparagus MUST be peeled before eating. As I had never worked with this variation of asparagus before, I was unaware until I started chopping it up and came away with long, woody pieces. So yes, there is a bit of prep required for this recipe. Luckily for me, I was in the middle of my 13 Reasons Why Netflix binge while peeling. Made the process so much easier as I was sympathizing with Clay while having ill thoughts about several of the other characters the whole time. Most addicting show ever.

White Asparagus Goat Cheese Soup

White Asparagus Goat Cheese Soup

1 lb white asparagus, PEELED and chopped into 1 inch-sized pieces

1 large onion, chopped

3 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)

2 cups water

2 oz goat cheese

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper, to taste

Garnish: chives

Directions:

Add the asparagus, onion, broth, and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let cook for 20 minutes. With an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Add in the goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stir until the goat cheese has melted. Top individual bowls with chives before serving.

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Herbed Goat Cheese Pepper Bites

In case you haven’t caught on by now, my family and I are obsessed with goat cheese.

Why?

Because it’s goat cheese, duh.

It’s so good, in fact, that it can stand alone as the main ingredient in many recipes. Case in point: goat cheese bites. Just some good ol’ goat cheese and some herbs to enhance the flavor. Add in a bell pepper for a burst of refreshment and there you go- a perfect appetizer for Memorial Day 🙂

Herbed Goat Cheese Pepper Bites

Herbed Goat Cheese Pepper Bites 

Ingredients: 

1 bell pepper (I used green, but any color is fine)

4 oz organic goat cheese

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 tbsp sun dried tomatoes, chopped

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 dried chives

black pepper

Directions:

Chop the bell pepper into small pieces and set aside. In a bowl, combine goat cheese, garlic, tomatoes, basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, paprika and chives. Mash together until the goat cheese has turned slightly pinkish-red and everything is evenly mixed. Using a teaspoon, plop goat cheese onto each pepper piece. Sprinkle with black pepper and garnish with more chives. Eat right away, or store in fridge until ready to serve.