January 16, 2014

Rosemary Cheese Spread {with Fig Preserves}

Looking for simple, elegant, and wonderfully flavorful party fare?  Look no further than this easy make-ahead Rosemary Cheese Spread!  The mixture of cream cheese, goat cheese, fresh rosemary, and honey topped with jarred fig preserves is sure to please.



You know what's better than a quick-and-easy goat cheese spread?  A quick-and-easy goat cheese spread loaded with the deliciousness of fresh rosemary!


Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs.  It's one of the few herbs I always have growing in my back yard so I can just pop outside whenever I'd like and snip off a few sprigs.  Oh heck, actually rosemary is the only herb I always have growing in my back yard so I can snip off a few sprigs.

Yes, I got tired of paying for it at the grocery store all the time, and just planted it.  Though I have to admit my rosemary bush looks a little worse for the wear ... 'cause my hubby decided to trim it back a bit.

With the weed eater.

Not a good plan.

Oh well.  The rosemary still tastes great! ... even if the bush does look a little funny.

And the rosemary tastes especially great mixed up in this goat cheese spread and topped with yummy fig preserves.


My Mom introduced me to this spread on Thanksgiving.  She made it as our Thanksgiving day appetizer, and we both immediately fell in love with it.

I love how elegant this appetizer looks ... how fabulous it tastes ... and how easily it comes together.

Simply place all the ingredients ... goat cheese, cream cheese, a touch of honey, fresh rosemary, and black pepper ... in a food processor and give it a whirl.


And there you have it ... rosemary cheese spread!


Line a decorative mold {if you have one ... which I don't} or a small bowl with plastic wrap ...


... and spoon in the cheese mixture.


Chill it for several hours and then unmold the mixture onto a serving dish.


Spoon fig preserves over the top {after you remove the plastic wrap, of course} ...


... garnish with some fresh rosemary sprigs, and serve it up!

Isn't it pretty?  I think so.  

Pretty, flavorful, elegant, and easy.  Seriously, what more could you ask for?

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Rosemary Cheese Spread with Fig Preserves
Source:  Southern Living magazine, November, 2002


Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 oz. log goat cheese, softened
  • 1 T. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 3/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 c. jarred fig preserves
Directions
  1. Place cream cheese, goat cheese, rosemary, honey, and black pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Line a 1-1/2 cup mold or small bowl with plastic wrap and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon in the cheese mixture. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or over night.
  3. Invert cheese spread onto a serving dish and remove the plastic wrap. Spoon fig preserves over the top.
  4. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired. Serve with crackers, baguette slices, or slices of French bread.
Enjoy!

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7 comments:

  1. I love goat cheese never served it this way. Love for you to share this or any other craft or recipe on our Friday Frenzy craft and recipe party, 3 blogs hosting!! http://wp.me/p3wIZX-1Cj

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  2. I'm sort of obsessed with fig jam - I even made some last year YUM - so I'm always looking for ways to eat it. I'm all over this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm with ya, Mindy ... I love ANYthing fig. :-)

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  3. Ooooo Tracey! I'm so intrigued by this recipe - it combines so many of my all time favorite flavors!! Can't wait to try it!

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    1. It's soooooooo good, Martha! When you give it a try, let me know how you like it!

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  4. This looks fantastic; can't wait to try it! I just found you through Rattlebridge Farm's Foodie Friday and am a new follower! You can check out my blog at www.applestoapplique.com

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  5. How pretty does this look? Stunning! Thanks for posting this at the Saturday Night Fever link party. Hope to see you back on Saturday!

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