Herbs de Romance

Appetizer

Ooh-La-La Herbed Cheese Spread

Makes about 1 1/4 cup.

Remember Boursin cheese? It was very popular back in the 1970s – 80s and because it came from France it seemed very sophisticated. We think it’s due for a revival and suggest that you make your own with our Herbes de Romance. Serve it with rustic crackers, crudités, or spread on a vegetable sandwich.

5 ounces plain chèvre
4 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon grated garlic
4 teaspoons Herbes de Romance
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Black pepper to taste
Lemon

Bring the cheeses to room temperature (or soften them in the microwave with a quick 15-second spin at half power).

Put the oil into a small saucepan, add the grated garlic, add the HdR, crushing it with your fingers as you do. Warm the oil mix gently over medium low heat, just for a minute or two, until the it feels warm to the touch. (This mellows the garlic’s bite and helps to release the herbs’ flavors.)

Put the cheeses and oil mix into a medium bowl. Add the salt, black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice, then whip the mixture until it’s fully combined and fluffy. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more lemon, salt, or pepper, if needed.

Transfer the cheese to a container with a tight-fitting lid and stow it in the fridge to chill for at least two hours before serving. Tightly covered, the spread will keep for a week in the fridge.

Condiment

Herbed Goat Cheese Dressing

Makes a bit more than 1 cup.

Creamy goat cheese and our Herbes de Romance team up in this luscious dressing. The recipe comes just in time for the start of salad season, but we suspect that you’ll want to make it year round.

Try drizzling the dressing over a simple salad of early season head lettuce, baby arugula, some chive flowers, and lots of thinly sliced radishes. Top with crumbled hard-boiled egg.

2 ounces chèvre-style goat cheese
2 tablespoons buttermilk or plain kefir
½ cup mild oil, such as canola or grapeseed
¼ cup white wine vinegar
1 small garlic clove, grated (½ teaspoon)
1½ tablespoons Herbes de Romance blend
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Black pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in a bowl or jar and use stick blender to combine them until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Use the dressing right away or store it, tightly covered, in the fridge for a week or more.

Note: You can make another delicious salad dressing by following this recipe and substituting our Kozani Spice blend for the Herbes de Romance.

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Our Herbes de Romance blend is inspired by the French classic “Herbes de Provence.”

Its fragrant combination of herbs and flowers almost magically transforms the humblest dish into something special, try it on omelets, baked fish, roast chicken, and in potato salad or rice.