Compound Chevre with basil and walnuts

By Teri
July 5, 2010
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Author Notes: There's compound butter. Why not compound goat cheese? It has endless uses, as far as I can tell. Smear some atop sliced flank steak or grilled lamb chops. Use as a hefty condiment with chopped chicken and sliced grapes for your next chicken salad. Put in a bowl and crackers as a last-minute accompaniment to cocktails. Or do as I did and spoon some into summertime slow-roasted tomatoes with nothing more than a little salt and pepper for the fruit. With some lettuce and a fried egg, it was dinner last night.Teri

Serves: about 1/2 cup

  • 4 ounces chevre, unflavored
  • 1/4 cup walnut halves or pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil, chiffonade style
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (the best you have)
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice (no more than 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • salt (optional)
  1. Toast walnuts in a cast iron skillet on the stove. Just warm them till you can smell them, less than five minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Grind walnuts in a food processor until they look like bread crumbs. They should be moist, almost clumping together like pie dough.
  3. Combine all ingredients, though hold back on the salt. (It helps if the chevre is at room temperature). Taste, and salt if you like. I think goat cheese is perfectly salty, so I didn't add any.
  4. Use any way you like!

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