Posts Tagged ‘Goat Cheese’

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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Mushroom and Goat Cheese “Risotto” (Grain-Free)

I don’t think I was ever a big rice person. Therefore, when I cut out most grains, rice was not one of those foods I craved.

Except when it came to risotto. I mean, come on, even the word “risotto” is fun to say (risotto, risotto, risotto… try saying that 10 times fast!)

Once at a restaurant, I had a goat cheese and mushroom risotto that was AMAZING. Like, is-it-possible-that-can-marry-this??? good. So, I’ve recently tired to recreate this with a cauliflower rice version. And voila! Love is in the air again!

Mushroom and Goat Cheese “Risotto” (Grain-Free)

Mushroom and Goat Cheese “Risotto” (Grain-Free)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp ghee (or butter)

1/2 onion, chopped

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp dried thyme

1 large portobello mushroom, chopped into small pieces

3 cups raw cauliflower rice 

1/4 cup plain, whole milk yogurt

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

3 tbsp goat cheese

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat ghee in a pot and add in onions, garlic, and thyme. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add in mushrooms and continue cooking for 8 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and cook for 5 minutes. While waiting, add yogurt and milk to a small bowl and whisk together. Add yogurt mixture to the pot. Bring risotto to a boil for 1 minute and then turn to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in goat cheese until melted. Add in salt and pepper and serve.

Pear and Cheese Tarts (Grain-Free and Paleo Crust)

I now officially love Superbowl Sundays. But not for the typical American reason. In fact, this year I lied to several people about having too much homework to do to attend Superbowl parties (sorry mom and dad).

As a result, I had the house to myself and full reign in the kitchen to try out some “inventions” I’ve been itching to try.

With the Superbowl playing in the background (I had to see if I was winning any block games!), I set to work. By the time 4th quarter rolled around, I had my own array of Superbowl foods to eat all by myself. Including this

I believe a new tradition has just been born 🙂

Pear and Cheese Tarts (Grain-Free and Paleo Crust)

Pear and Cheese Tarts (Grain-Free and Paleo Crust)

Ingredients:

1 cup tapioca flour

1/2 tbsp onion powder

1/2 tbsp garlic powder

1/2 tbsp oregano

1/2 tsp salt

pepper

1 egg

1/4 cup water

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1 cup shredded cheese (I used a mixture of mozzarella and gorgonzola)

1 large pear

optional: balsamic vinegar

optional: basil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine tapioca flour, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add in the egg and water and mix altogether for about 20 seconds (do NOT add extra water). The dough will be oddly gooey and slippery (don’t worry- it doesn’t stay this way). Transfer dough to a greased baking pan and allow to spread. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Take out, add on a layer of cheese and then top with pears. Place back in the oven for 10 more minutes. If desired, top with a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper before serving.

Salmon and Goat Cheese Apple Slices

Oh dear. I’ve joined the apple craze. Apples, apples, apples! I went apple picking last week and kinda got carried away with the amount I picked…

So, expect a LOT of apple recipes for a bit 🙂 

Salmon and Goat Cheese Apple Slices

Salmon and Goat Cheese Apple Slices 

Ingredients: 

1 large apple 

4 oz plain organic goat cheese 

1/3 cup salmon, cooked and cut into small bits 

1 tsp rosemary 

1 tsp parsley 

1 tsp lemon juice 

salt and pepper 

1 tbsp sunflower seeds, shells removed

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a baking sheet. Cut apple into thin slices. Place slices on sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Afterwards, take out and let cool.

Combine goat cheese, salmon, rosemary, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Spoon and spread on the just-baked apple slices. Top with sunflower seeds and place back in the oven for 5 more minutes.  

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Recently, I’ve learned a new “secret” to making any soup taste that more good.

And what is it you may ask?

Cheese rinds!

The crust to hard cheeses that we throw out?

Yes, that.

Odd, I know. But it works! Just drop it in the pot and remove before serving. Make sure you pick a cheese flavor you like! And just a warning: strong tasting cheese = a more distinct taste in the soup. I’m not saying don’t do it, just be aware. The size of the rind also makes a difference. Use whatever size you want, just know that larger = more flavor.

Oh, and tip: cheese rinds can be stored in the freezer. That way, you don’t have to run out to the store every time you simply need a rind 🙂

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Tuscan White Bean Soup 

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

6 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

2 cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup red wine

1/2 tbsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

1/4 tsp dried oregano

2×2 inch (or similar dimensions) goat cheese rind (feel free to play around with your favorite cheeses!)

1 cup carrots, chopped

1/4 cup celery, chopped

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

salt and pepper, to taste

4 cups fresh spinach

Directions: 

In a pot, heat oil over medium-low heat. Sauté onions and garlic for 5 minutes. Add in broth, water, cannellini beans, wine, thyme, rosemary, oregano and cheese rind. Bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and add in carrots and celery. Place lid on top of pot, leaving it slightly ajar. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove rind (if not completely dissolved). Add in salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and spinach a little at a time and cook until wilted.

 Tuscan White Bean Soup