Now at the outset, I need to credit my mother with this recipe because it is just absolutely divine. Anytime we would have guests over, she would whip up a quick batch of pesto and create a “wow”-worthy dip with another ingredient always in our kitchen: goat cheese logs.
Most days, I don’t have the time to whip up pesto, so I just grab a small container at the grocery store around the corner. But if you have time, make your own pesto for an even better version of this delicious spread.
- 1 batch pesto (see below for pesto recipe)
- 1 log of your favorite plain goat cheese, at cool room temperature
- basil leaf, for garnish
- favorite crackers
Press goat cheese into bottom of serving dish to make a thin layer. Spread pesto over goat cheese, completely covering the cheese. Add basil leaf in center of pesto as a garnish. Serve. Receive lots of compliments and silently thank my mother for giving you the easiest appetizer recipe ever. Enjoy!
Annie’s Mom’s Famous Pesto
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 4 large garlic cloves
- 1 cup walnuts (my mom uses whole walnuts)
- 1 cup EVOO
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 freshly grated romano cheese
Process first 3 ingredients together until moderately chopped. Add Olive Oil in drizzle while processing, then add cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until use, although I recommend using immediately.
adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook