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Heavenly Herbed Cheese Spread



Mood: Heavenly

Cost: Cheap

Difficulty: Easy

Rating: XXXX
The Tease
This dish is influenced by Italian, French and Greek culinary cultures. You can make it a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Soft cheeses such as feta, goat cheeses, fresh herbs, thyme, garlic. Serve it cold or at room temperature.

Time To Cook:
• Novice cook: 30-40 minutes
• Experienced cook: 15-20 minutes
Factoid
Ricotta cheese is a wet, creamy, mild, fresh cheese that is soft in texture and has a slightly sweet flavor. Traditional Italian cheese-makers originally produced ricotta from the whey that remained after making mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Ricotta literally means "re-cooked."



Ingredients
• 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter

• 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic

• 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

• 1 cup of crumbled feta or goat cheese

• 1 cup of ricotta cheese

• 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme

• 1/2 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley

• 1/2 tablespoon of chives

• 1/2 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil

• 1 tablespoon of fresh ground pepper

• Juice of half a lemon

Equipment
• Large bowl

• Small saucepan

• Hand blender, blender or food processor

Preparation (Do it!)
1) In a small frying pan, heat the butter over medium heat and let it melt. Add the garlic and cook the garlic until tender, about 1 minute. Don't let the garlic turn brown.

2) Transfer butter and garlic mixture to a food processor or hand blender and add the rest of the ingredients.

3) Salt and pepper to taste. If the flavor is too strong, you can add more ricotta cheese.



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