Goat Cheese in Infused Olive Oil

Goat Cheese in Infused Olive Oil at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

During the holidays, I find that most of us tend to focus on sweet flavors like baked goodies at our parties. While I love a sweet treat now and then, since my brain surgery, I really go for the savory. I love a slice of fancy cheese, some olives, or a schmear of hummus on a cracker.

In my opinion, one of the really elegant appetizers is one of the most simple – dipping a chunk of nice bread in quality olive oil. I first experienced this at one of my favorite Italian eateries in Colorado. The waiter would come by and pour a high quality olive oil into a couple of small dishes. He’d add some  grated cheese and possibly some salt and pepper to the olive oil, if you wished. Then you’d take pieces of their lovely freshly made bread and dip it into the olive oil while you waited for your food to be cooked up. They even had gluten free bread, so no one was left out of this lovely ritual.

Goat Cheese in Infused Olive Oil at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Inspired by this memory and Carbonell Olive Oil’s “Dare to Carbonell” campaign, I’ve recreated this appetizer with a bold new twist. First, I’ve infused Carbonell Olive Oil with herbs and fermented Japanese Aamori Black Garlic. The fermented garlic, which is available at Trader Joe’s, has a sweet taste and is amazing. I then used the infused oil (you can use either one) and added it to goat cheese for another bold appetizer. Both are wonderful ways to enjoy the Spanish flavors of Carbonell!

Infused oils also make terrific homemade gifts for the foodies on your holiday list. Put the oils into small glass bottles with a decorative ribbon and tag.

Goat Cheese in Infused Olive Oil at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Goat Cheese in Infused Olive Oil

To avoid cross contamination between guests dipping regular and gluten free breads into oil and cheese, make a special goat cheese round just for your gluten free guests. Mark it clearly with a sign.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) log soft mild goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup Infused Carbonell Virgin Olive Oil (see recipes below)
  • Liberal pinch or two table salt or finishing salt
  • Rosemary or thyme sprigs and leaves for garish
  • Sliced baguette, ciabatta, or gluten free breads – toasted if you wish

Directions

  1. Place cheese on plate and loosely drape with plastic wrap. Using your hands, shape the goat cheese into a round shape.
  2. Pour infused olive oil over cheese round.
  3. Sprinkle cheese round with salt.
  4. Garnish plate with rosemary and thyme sprigs.
  5. Serve with bread.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 appetizer servings
  • Serving size: 2 baguette slices with cheese

Herb and Fermented Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Ingredients:

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 head fermented Japanese Aamori Black Garlic (available at Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 teaspoons black whole peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 cups Carbonell Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Heat over medium heat until a cooking thermometer reads 175 degrees F.
  3. Let cool.
  4. Pour into a bottle and cork.
  5. Keep cool and out of direct sunlight for up to 1 month.

Rosemary and Chive Infused Olive Oil

Ingredients:

  • 3 large fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 small bunch fresh chives
  • 3 teaspoons black whole peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 cups Carbonell Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Heat over medium heat until a cooking thermometer reads 175 degrees F.
  3. Let cool.
  4. Pour into a bottle and cork.
  5. Keep cool and out of direct sunlight for up to 1 month.

Dare to Carbonell!

The bold tastes of Spain and Carbonell Olive Oil

Since 1866, Carbonell Olive Oil has embodied the spirit of art, culture, food, family, and friends with their high quality olive oil. Today, Carbonell is the world’s leading Spanish olive oil brand, and has three distinct varieties each suited to a different cooking need:

  • Daringly Expressive Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a rich taste and smooth flavor that will make any dish pop with Spanish personality. Use Carbonell Extra Virgin Olive Oil for salads, dips, marinades and drizzling over finished dishes.
  • Fantastically Light Extra Light Olive Oil has a light taste that’s perfect for high-heat cooking such as frying, sautéing, and baking.
  • Distinctly Classic Olive Oil has a traditional flavor that serves as an all-purpose cooking oil, adding a mild flavor to soups, sauces and grilled meats and vegetables.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Carbonell blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.

14 thoughts on “Goat Cheese in Infused Olive Oil

  1. Jen

    That looks so good I want to lick the screen. I am not a goat cheese fan, but it is the only cheese my mom and sister eat. I am going to share this recipe with them.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>