For a savory marinade, we like to layer the cheese in a dish or jar with olive oil, herbs, spices, garlic, or citrus peel. The one pictured above consisted of about 5 ounces of soft goat cheese, 1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme, 1/4 teaspoon chopped rosemary, a minced clove of garlic, a pinch of lemon zest, freshly ground black pepper, and enough olive oil to cover. The cheese was terrific in a sandwich with crusty bread and Super Easy and Delicious Zucchini Butter.
For a sweeter marinade, pair goat cheese with honey instead of olive oil. Here, we were inspired by a recipe for Honey-Marinated Goat Cheese with Lavender from Edible Seattle. (A sprinkle of flaky sea salt before serving was the perfect touch.) Other good seasonings for a honey-based marinade include rosemary, thyme, or pink pepper.
When it comes to marinating goat cheese, precise measurements are unecesssary, but do check out the following recipes for more inspiration:
• Trio of Marinated Goat Cheeses, from Bon Appétit
• Marinated Goat Cheese, from Saveur
• Marinated Goat Cheese with Garlic, Basil, and Orange Zest, from The Global Gourmet
(Image: Emily Ho)