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Goat Cheese Spread with Garlic and Olives

Goat cheese has a nice creamy texture and tangy flavor. The added olives and garlic make this spread so good, it's sure to disappear quickly. Make it up to 3 days in advance!

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  • 12 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 cups (approximately) extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces plain goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves
  • To serve:
  • Toasted slices of French or sourdough bread, or crackers

Serves 8 to 10

  1. Place the garlic cloves in a small saucepan. Add enough olive oil to just cover the cloves and sprinkle them lightly with salt and pepper. Cook the garlic over very low heat until tender, about 10 minutes, turning occasionally so the cloves don't brown too much.  Cool the garlic and oil to room temperature.
  2. Crumble the goat cheese into a container and add the cooled garlic and oil, chopped olives and bay leaves. Add more olive oil if necessary so that the cheese is completely covered in oil.
  3. Cover the container and marinate in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  4. Bring the cheese to room temperature before serving.  Place it in a decorative bowl or dish and serve with toasted bread rounds or crackers, if you like.

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