Goat Cheese Spread with Lemon and Honey

YIELD: Makes 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

8 oz.

fresh goat cheese

4 T

honey

3 T

low-fat Greek yogurt

2 T

extra-virgin olive oil

1 small clove

garlic

grated

1 tsp.

lemon zest

1/4 tsp.

freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp.

coarse salt

1 tsp.

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 T of the honey, the yogurt, olive oil, garlic, 1/2 tsp. of the lemon zest, 1/8 tsp. 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 1/2 tsp. of lemon zest and 1/8 tsp. of black pepper. Drizzle with the remaining 2 T of honey and sprinkle with the fresh herb.

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Honey: The Definitive Guide to Tasting and Cooking with 40 Varietals by Marie Simmons/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC.

TIP

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