Goat Cheese Spread with Lemon and Honey

YIELD: 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces fresh goat cheese
4 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons low-fat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small clove garlic grated
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, oregano, sage, lavender, or other herb that matches the herb in the honey (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Place the goat cheese in the bowl of a food processor and add 2 tablespoons of the honey, the yogurt, olive oil, garlic, ½ teaspoon of the lemon zest, ⅛ teaspoon of the black pepper, and the salt. Pulse until creamy and well blended. Transfer to a small, shallow serving bowl and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.

Sprinkle the spread with the remaining ½ teaspoon of lemon zest and ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of honey and sprinkle with the fresh herb.

Serve with crackers or crostini as a nibble with drinks or a cup of tea.