Nasturtium and Fried Rosemary Chèvre Spread

 

Nasturtium and Fried Rosemary Chèvre Spread

Tangy, slightly sharp goat cheese, delicious rosemary, and the beautiful and peppery nasturtium blossom for a super quick, super versatile chèvre spread. From crackers, to grilled fruit, to breakfast burritos... maybe just a spoon... this baby goes with anything.
Keyword chevre spread, goat cheese spread
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Ian Wickman

Ingredients

  • 4 oz chèvre (goat cheese)
  • 10 each nasturtium blossoms (other edible flowers work as well but I like the peppery flavor and aroma of the nasturtium)
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 tbsp oil (almost any oil will work, I use grapeseed oil, olive, even bacon grease!)

Instructions

  • Bring chèvre out of the refrigerator and place in a small bowl.
  • Heat a small pan over medium/medium high. Add oil (you don't need much, and can tip it to the side to let the hot oil collect).
  • Add Rosemary sprigs (can do individually or all together depending on how much oil/size of pan). Let rosemary sizzle in the oil for about 5 - 10 seconds then, using tongs, flip it and fry for another 5 - 10 seconds. Set aside and repeat with remaining rosemary.
  • Slice nasturtium blossoms into small strips. Finely chop rosemary (it cools very quickly but make sure it's not too hot!)
  • Add about 2 tsp of chopped rosemary to the chèvre (can add more if you want but that's the ratio I like).
  • Reserving a small bit to use as garnish add the sliced nasturtium blossom to chèvre.
  • Mash together chèvre, fried rosemary, and nasturtium blossom with a fork until thoroughly mixed and consistency is a nice spread.
  • Garnish with reserved nasturtium blossom and put out with whatever you choose (or in a burrito, whatever you want!)

Notes

I hate to even call this a recipe but the flavors, the colors, the aroma of these simple ingredients come together so nicely in this chèvre spread that I couldn't help but share, use as you will. You can also do this with fresh rosemary but I find the super quick fry takes the bite/pine taste down just a notch and allows it combine with the other flavors instead of standing out in the goat cheese spread.

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