Easy Appetizer: Goat Cheese with Parsley and Lemon

Since Nora has let us all know that spring is high time for goat cheese, we thought we'd share a quick appetizer that frequently shows up at our dinner parties...

Goat cheese pairs so well with sweet and savory things. We've served it drizzled with honey and on toast rounds with olive tapenade. This dish is more subtle, but we love the green and yellow flecks. Plus, it's a great way to use some herbs you've been growing.

Just mash up some goat cheese in a bowl, add a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice, some lemon zest, and a palmful of chopped parsley (or another herb... chives would be good). Mold the mixture into a ball, then sprinkle some salt and drizzle a good olive oil over the top before you serve. It goes great with crackers or vegetables.

The friend who taught us this recipe also adds toasted pine nuts, for those of you who want a little crunch. Prettier than your average cheese ball, no?

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(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)