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I am part of something new and exciting this week.  Seven fellow food writers are joining together for a “Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner Party”  and you are invited to attend!  Each of us will be offering recipes every day this week comprising an entire holiday meal. You will have several options for each category, depending on taste and food combinations.  Yesterday we started with beverages at Whole Life Nutrition and Gluten Free Organics.  Today I will be presenting an appetizer, along with two more from Book of Yum and Gluten Free Organics.

Goat Cheese with Cumin and Mint – Serves 8-10

This is a holiday favorite each year both for its exotic taste and festive color.  It is simple to make and a definite crowd pleaser.

1 large log fresh goat cheese (about 11 oz.)
2 TB cumin seeds, lightly toasted and crushed
Freshly ground pepper
3 TB extra virgin olive oil
¼ C minced mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
1 English cucumber, scored with a fork
½ C pomegranate seeds

1.    In small bowl, mix goat cheese with cumin, pepper and mint.  (Can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 2 hours.)
2.    Trim and remove ends of cucumber, then slice into ¼’ inch rounds.  Arrange on serving platter.
3.    Top with cheese mixture and drizzle with olive oil.
4.    Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over top and garnish with extra mint.

> This spread could also be served with gluten-free crackers.

**Here’s the schedule of where to go next for the main course, side dishes and salads…and dessert:

Ali and Shirley will be serving MAIN COURSE on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen and Gluten Free Easily
Diane, Stephanie, Shauna  and Ali will be serving the SIDE DISH/SALAD on Thursday, Nov. 19 at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang, A Year of Slow Cooking, Gluten Free Girl and Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
Jean, Ali and I will be serving DESSERT on Friday, Nov. 20 at Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen, Gluten Free Organics and Cook4Seasons

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Goat Cheese with Cumin and Mint — 17 Comments

  1. Wow! What a pretty dish. We love goat cheese, and the idea of mint mixed with it is exciting. 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds—-is that from 1 pomegranate? Is 1 enough?

    xoxo steph

  2. I’ve tried this and it is delicious and fresh tasting.

    I believe we did this in the class I had with Karen and we did use just one pomegranate, less the seeds our pomegranate peeler ate.

  3. Stephanie, The pomegranate I used probably yielded about 2 cups – it was that big. So I think you’ll find most pom’s will give you at least 1/2 cup – extra for eating:)
    Tom, Thanks for all the support!

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  10. I really love goat cheese desserts, their are awesome. If I have guests, I just make goat cheese deserts and they love it. Are there any other good uses for goat cheese?

  11. I made this as an appetizer but there was no fresh mint at whole foods so I substituted fresh dill. Fresh and tangy. Loved the freshly roasted cumin which added a complex twist. I spooned the cheese mixture onto the individual cucumber slices to make it finger food. Yum! Thank you!

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