When I was a kid, I loved being my mother's "kitchen assistant" when she entertained for friends. I was always in charge of passing out appetizers such as toasts spread with Boursin, an herby, spreadable cheese. Recently I was at a friend's party and became nostalgic watching all of the kids run around eating toast with cheese spread on top. And then, it was like a lightbulb went off -- Kenya and Chloe will eat pretty much anything that consists of bread and cheese, so why I never before thought to try this healthful spin on an old family recipe had me kicking myself!
I love artichokes for both their flavor and health benefits. They're a fantastic source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, and are loaded with antioxidants. Goat cheese has a nice tartness and more protein than cow's milk cheese, so this simple spread that literally takes a couple of minutes to prepare also packs a lot of taste and nutritional value. Not only did I spread it on some delicious toasted whole grain bread for my kids' dinner, but the next day I mixed some of it with pasta for Chloe and made a sandwich with it for Kenya's school lunch. From the looks of Chloe's bowl and Kenya's empty lunch box when he got home, it was clear they weren't tiring of it.
Now, if I can only get the two of them to work my next dinner party....
Artichoke Cheese Spread (Makes 1 1/2 Cups)
- 1 12 Oz Jar Marinated Artichoke Hearts (in oil), drained, reserving 2 tbsp of the juice
- 1/4 Cup Goat Cheese (you can also substitute cream cheese)
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
Preparation1. Place the drained marinated artichoke hearts, goat cheese, 2 tbsp reserved juice and lemon juice in a food processor.
3. Serve on crackers, bread or even mixed into pasta.
Crackers, Bread, Toast, Pasta