When the summer heat is out of control and amazing produce is flooding the market, sometimes all we want are smart, easy ideas for how to make the most of it without breaking a sweat. Here, we make an incredibly delicious summer squash salad with fennel and dill that is way more than the sum of its parts.
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Blanched and peeled fava beans that are roughly chopped and served on top of a goat cheese tartine with Marcona almonds and a few sprigs of chervil: This is the kind of toast you eat all by yourself while hiding in the kitchen so that nobody can steal a bite.
Firm apricots are the perfect fruit for grilling, becoming tender and sweet after a few minutes above the hot coals. Paired with goat cheese and pistachios, they make a quick and delicious appetizer that's perfect for summer.
This shake has a generous amount of goat cheese, layers of flavor, and is topped off with a few big turns of freshly ground black pepper for a perfect savory finish.
These easy, delicious crostini are topped with juicy balsamic-roasted cherries and tangy goat cheese.
I know I'm committing a grave seasonal recipe faux pas here by combining a spring ingredient (we're in the middle of asparagus season!) with a late summer product, but dammit, we've gotten so good at cherry tomatoes that they're sweet and flavorful pretty much all year round.
Hunks of creamy white goat cheese are scattered like clouds over warm pear slices and a whole wheat crust. Sound good? Go for it—this delicious tart is easy to make.
Roasted vegetables, caramelized onions, and goat cheese are packed into a hollowed out loaf of bread, wrapped tightly, and then pressed under heavy weights for several hours to pack all the flavors into a perfect, bite-height sandwich.
This quiche is a filling meal, studded with soft potatoes and tart goat cheese that will keep you satisfied but wont have you retiring to the couch to recover.
Serving tiny wedges of this cheesecake is an elegant and very grown up way to end a dinner party or holiday meal.
I love sweet potatoes in general, so I admit these sweet potato galettes were an easy sell. Pair those garnet spuds with a blanket of sour cream, buttery puff pastry, and a few goat cheese crumbles, and I'm even more on board. But it was the final gremolata-like mixture brushed atop the finished galettes that ultimately sold me. Not only does the sauce add a pop of color, but it also brings fresh contrast to the richness of the pastry.
Cooking with Flowers blends vibrant nasturtiums with soft, creamy goat cheese for an ice cream that's by turns grassy, peppery, and sweet.
A light but filling take on peas and carrots with crunchy marcona almonds and citrus-scented goat cheese, drizzled with honey and toasted pumpkin seed oil.
Tangy chevre, along with a blend of finely ground peppercorns, make this scone a zippy, savory breakfast treat that pairs well with virtually any jam, jelly or marmalade.
Sweet figs and salty meat is an automatic win, but little additions in this recipe like goat cheese, honey, and grilling on a plank, make these pancetta wrapped figs something special.
For this sandwich, a rich homemade tapenade is spread into an herby focaccia roll, then followed by some spicy salami, peppery arugula, a roasted red bell pepper, and a sprinkling of crumbled goat cheese. Although the ingredients in this sandwich are all very strongly flavored, each remains distinct with every bite.
Simply roasted beets in a honey-sweetened vinaigrette with pinenuts, goat cheese, boiled eggs, and marcona almonds.
There are times when what you're looking for is an elegant brunch, and you want it right now. These simple fig and goat cheese tarts are just that—simple and elegant—and can hit the table in under half an hour.
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Joy Wilson works soft goat cheese, dark chocolate, coarsely ground black pepper, and flaky sea salt into these petit truffles, rolling them in bitter cocoa powder to finish. They aren't over the top sweet but they're plenty chocolaty. And they have just the right amount of goat-y goodness both flavor-wise and in that great creamy-crumbly quality that we love in goat cheese.