“Un fromage par jour de l’année” – (There is a different cheese for every day of the year, French proverb).
From day one, I moved to Paris, I felt in love with cheeses. And trust me, it’s a great place to be for a cheese-lover. French have deep-rooted culture of cheese and more than a thousand cheeses in their lexicon. One of the cheeses, I learnt to appreciate is fresh goat cheese. Incredibly light and soft as snow, it tastes lovely with a rustic toast and is great in salads. If you are craving for a luxurious bite, and only have a few minutes for cooking, it’s just the right recipe for you.
- 400 g of fresh goat cheese
- 2-3 spoons of natural yoghurt
- 4-5 spoons of crushed nuts (pistachio, pecan, almond)
- A pinch of salt
- Some pepper
1. Crumble cheese into a large bowl and a roughly mash with yoghurt and season to your taste. If the mix is too dry, you can add more yoghurt. I also like to use some lemon zest for the additional swirl of freshness (optional).
2. Take spoonfuls and roll into bite-sized balls. After, gently roll each cheese ball in the pecan/almond mixture until it’s fully coated. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
Goat cheese balls are cool on their own, however, with a handful of fresh salad makes them even more exciting Entrée. But what is a salad without a dressing? To enhance the flavours, I have prepared a simple lemon vinaigrette:
- 2 tbsp. of freshly lemon squeezed juice
- Some finely grated lemon zest
- 1 spoon of brown sugar
- ½ tbsp. of Dijon mustard
- 5 spoons of extra virgin oil
- Salt & pepper
- Some chilli pepper
1. In a small bowl or glass jar, combine together the lemon juice&zest, sugar&salt and a bit of Dijon mustard. Whisk it well together until sugar and salt are dissolved.
2. Add 5 spoons of the extra virgin oil in a slow stream, whisking constantly until dressing is well blended.
3. Season with salt and freshly grounded black pepper + chilli pepper (optional) to your taste.
Cheese balls covering ideas
You can use a variety of covering as well, here are just a few of them:
- Snipped fresh chives
- Toasted sunflower&pumpkin seeds
- Pecan&cranberry mix
- Cayenne pepper
- White&Black toasted sesame seeds
Do you have a favourite covering?