Soft cheese is so incredibly easy to make either just with milk, or with kefir or by using a kit. Its generally quick, easy and tasty. Home made cheese however does not need to be plain or boring. Liven up your soft cheese and you can make an amazing party treat, a delicious appetizer, and even a rich dessert. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
HERBED SOFT CHEESE DIP
Start with a simple soft cheese, you can either make one with one of the kits we sell or make a kefir cottage cheese or make a simple soft cheese with milk. Soft cheeses blend well with fresh herbs. The recipes below can be used for delicious dips can be served with raw veggies, crackers, or bread slices.
Fresh Basil Dip
- 8-ounces (250G) of soft cheese
- 3 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 tsp. coarse sea salt
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- paprika, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and beat until mixed well.
- Cover and chill the dip for 2 to 3 hours. Stir again before serving to ensure the oil is mixed in.
Please note: I have used basil and its one of my favorites but this can be adapted to cover almost any herb or combinations of herbs (garlic and rosemary is VERY nice or garlic and chilli) so play around.
Lemon and Rosemary
(perfect with goats cheese but can be used on other soft cheese like mozzarella)
- Zest of 4-5 lemons
- 3 Tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary leaves (you can use dried but fresh is best)
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- approx 150g of rounded soft cheese, sliced (so shaped into round circles)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Combine lemon zest, rosemary, and olive oil.
- Place sliced cheese in a serving dish and spoon marinade over the top.
- Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.
- Marinate for one hour or overnight ( i prefer overnight as it really enhances the flavour)
( If you have spare marinade left over it makes a really nice salad dressing)
Please note: I have used lemon and rosemary in this recipe but garlic and rosemary is also very nice, Chili and garlic, basil, sundried tomatoes and garlic etc. it is a really versatile recipe that can be adapted to taste.
Nut crusted Cheese
I use pistachio nuts in this recipe but it works with most nuts or herby breadcrumbs if you prefer. Perfect for nibbles a starter or a buffet. Again i use goats cheese in the recipe but it works with most soft cheeses.
- 11-ounce (315g) of soft cheese, it can be sliced and done in slices or rolled into balls.
- 70-100g roasted pistachio nuts, chopped coarsely
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries or currants (or other dried fruit if you prefer)
- Assorted crackers (or apricots) or baguette slices (optional)
- Place the nuts in a pie pan or other shallow dish. Roll the goat cheese in the nuts, pressing gently to adhere the nuts to the cheese, until all sides of the cheese are coated evenly with the nuts.
- Scatter the dried cranberries around the cheese and serve with crackers or bread.
As you can see all the recipes above can be adapted in hundreds of ways to create many different versions, the above works well with chopped dried chilli flakes for those that like their cheese spicy! or crystallized ginger.