Herbed Goat Cheese

My latest concept recipe – thank goodness readers like flexibility and adaptability as much as I do – that starts with a creamy base of goat cheese and cottage cheese mixed and baked until warm with bits of vegetables and fresh herbs. Which vegetables? Which herbs? Well, that's up to you, whatever you think tastes and looks good, usually just by checking the fridge and pantry. Herbed Goat Cheese is a real crowd pleaser at parties and a convivial way to smart a small gathering. So easy, so good!

Fresh & Adaptable. Quick & Easy for Impromptu Gatherings. Low Carb. Great for Meal Prep.
Herbed Goat Cheese, another Concept Recipe ♥ KitchenParade.com, just a creamy goat cheese base plus veggies and fresh herbs, perfect for impromptu entertaining. Great for Meal Prep.

Life Lessons from a Dog

For being half lab, my dog’s still half wimp when it comes to water.

She was just four days from the pound when she and 50 other dogs scampered into a local pool that opens up for pooches when it closes for people. When someone threw her in, she threw herself out of the water and onto the safe-looking lap of an unsuspecting stranger. Once. Twice. And then once more.

Later, she was invited to swim with just two dogs. Determined to avoid the water, she hid in the surrounding bushes, up-ending a nest of yellow jackets. YOUCH.

My dog Lady swimming in a local pool ♥ KitchenParade.com

But she’s progressed in three years, thanks to regular romps in shallow water at the park and a little stick-fetching at a nearby lake. She even swims now, and happily, especially with a frisbee or tennis (or soccer!) ball in sight.

At last year’s dog swim, my goal was to teach her to leap into the water from the side. Time and again, she threw herself into a shallow, cloudy pool with no sign of a bottom. But when it came to the deeper, clear-as-tap-water pool, off she ran, seeking the safety of some lap.

There’s a lesson there, don’t you think?

Just think about it. When Lady was unable to see the bottom, she leapt with abandon. But when she can see the bottom, she turns timid, afraid even.

End-of-season dog swims are back on the calendar. Who knows this year’s lesson from a water-wimpy but life-smart dog?

You'll Love Herbed Goat Cheese If You ...

  • like a little nibbly before supper
  • are known for putting out a spread when friends come over
  • have a fridge full of bibs and bobs of one thing/another
  • keep fresh herbs on hand, especially during the summer

Herbed Goat Cheese, another Concept Recipe ♥ KitchenParade.com, just a creamy goat cheese base plus veggies and fresh herbs, perfect for impromptu entertaining. Great for Meal Prep.

Ready to get started? Here's your recipe!


Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time-to-table: 45 minutes
Makes about 3 cups (easily halved or "thirded")
  • 8 ounces (225g) goat cheese, room temperature (inexpensive logs are perfect here)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • Zest of ½ a lemon
  • ¼ cup (31g) flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • About ½ cup of color and texture, maybe roasted red pepper, green onion, capers, chopped spinach or even a combination

  • About ¼ cup of minced fresh herbs, maybe rosemary or basil or dill or lavender or tarragon or chive or even a combination

Heat oven to 350F/180C.

CREAMY BASE Combine the goat cheese, butter, cottage cheese, egg yolks, zest, flour and seasonings with a hand mixer (or by hand though the mixture will be heavier).

NOW GET CREATIVE Stir in your choices for color, texture and herb flavor.

BAKE Transfer to a well-greased quiche pan. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until just set. Serve warm or at room temperature with crackers or bread. If you like, make in advance and refrigerate, then reheat or return to room temperature.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per 2 Tablespoons: 35 Calories; 3g Tot Fat; 2g Sat Fat; 25mg Cholesterol; 38mg Sodium; 1g Carb; 0g Fiber; 0g Sugar; 2g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 1 & PointsPlus 1 & SmartPoints 1 & Freestyle 1

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  1. Anonymous7/12/2007

    This sounds just fabulous. I love goat cheese and I already have it on my Costco shopping list!! Thanks.

  2. Anonymous7/12/2007

    Speaking as a parent of a half-lab/half Belgian Shepherd, Lady Koira sounds wonderful ... she's overcome a lot! Want to try this wonderful goat cheese recipe, and am just now taking out of the oven your Raspberry Morning Cake. It smells delicious, looks beautiful. Thanks again, A. xoxo

  3. Anonymous7/12/2007

    I think if you offered your beautiful Koira some of that yummy looking herbed goat cheese, she would do anything you want! :):) OK, maybe she wouldn't, but it would probably work with a lot of people. It looks devine!

  4. Anonymous7/12/2007

    This sounds yummy! Thanks for the suggestions for add-ins, too. Great for making it your own!

  5. Thanks, all. Lady's a really fun dog, lots of energy and playfulness. OH and the goat cheese, yes it's a good one to make again and again, never the same, always good. I've been playing with it for a couple of years, to lighten it down to something that won't put us all in our graves!


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