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This dip is simple to make, the flavors are bold, the texture is creamy and has great mouth-feel (yes, that is a thing), and it pairs with almost anything.
We were asked by Town House Crackers to share simple entertaining tips for a casual get-together, so my newest type of food spread is what I call "deconstructed."
Using a big cutting board and placing the dip in the center of the board as the "star," I surround it with an array of foods in a very casual way and let my guests dig in. I've found this to be a successful way to give my guests license to indulge and have fun.
First the recipe...
Lemon Chive Goat Cheese Dip Recipe
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1 cup sour cream (I recommend full fat)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large shallot, sliced
- 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives
Place olive oil in a skillet and heat on medium heat, add shallots. Saute shallots until they are crispy and brown. They can overcook quickly, so keep an eye on them.
Once they are brown, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel to let them drain.
Place the sour cream and goat cheese in a small saucepan. Add salt and pepper. Place the saucepan over low heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir constantly while the goat cheese and sour cream melt.
Once it looks creamy, take the pan off the heat, and stir in almost all the lemon zest and shallots. Set aside a couple pinches for garnish.
Spoon the dip into a serving dish, and garnish with the remaining lemon zest and shallots.
Now what do you serve with this dip? The answer is anything you love. In the photos, I served our dip with two types of Town House crackers -- the Town House® Pita Crackers and the Town House® Flatbread Crisps --both worked great. The crisps tasted more wheaty and like traditional crackers, the pita crackers tasted more like pita bread.
I also cut up different colored peppers to give my spread some color, and put out some cherry tomatoes for little bursts of flavor.
We just got back from Hawaii where I rediscovered macadamia nuts (so rich and buttery), so I had to add them to my spread, plus they're a little unexpected for entertaining. And finally, I found these cool dried mandarin oranges that I thought would add some sweetness and chewiness to my cutting board.
My advice is to think in terms of balancing flavors, textures, and colors. You want a mix of crunchy, chewy, creamy, tart, sweet, salty, acidic, and rich on your board. That way your palate is always entertained and... as I've found, so are your guests.
In addition to the crackers I mentioned in this post, Town House crackers are also available in Original flavor (my mom's favorite) and Pretzel Thins.
From presentably munch-able options, to dipping inspiration, to versatile possibilities, we have the variety that will help her stylishly host any type of gathering - from planned to impromptu.
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