So you are invited to a holiday party this weekend and said you would bring an appetizer? Or maybe you are hosting some friends and need something in a pinch?
This appetizer is full of flavor and really super easy. Perfect for this time of year! I made it for my cousin's wedding shower last year and sort of just winged it the first time I made it. I never expected such a positive response from one of the easiest things I have ever made in the kitchen.
So I share this recipe with you, hoping it might easy some of your holiday stress...
Goat Cheese and Tapenade Spread
1 - 8oz package of reduced fat cream cheese
1 - 4oz package of goat cheese (I used the pepper flavor)
1/4 - 1/2 c of prepare tapenade* (Trader Joe's if you can find it)
Let the cheeses sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to soften, or alternatively, remove from packaging and put in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds, and then stir, repeat if necessary, until cheese is soft.
Mix cheese and tapenade in a bowl. Place in the refrigerator until firm. Serve with crackers, vegetables or whatever you wish.
Here's a hint too: save a bit of the dip for a sandwich or snack the next day. It makes an ordinary sandwich transform into something extraordinary.
Have a great weekend All!