These “Herbed Goat Cheese Bites” are healthy and delicious little treats everyone will love. YAY! All I can say is “Bring on “The Hunger Games”.” So excited we have a popular trilogy starting where food (and sadly hunger) play a central role. So much room for creative inspiration, and mine will all focus on healthy interpretations of the many scenes where food and meals play a central role in the character’s life at the moment.
Why in the world am I doing “The Hunger Games” recipe or food interpretations? I have to admit, this time last week the last thing I thought I would be uploading was any “Hunger Games” influenced recipes. Victor (long time boyfriend) and I are chilling out up here at his house in Lake Tahoe for awhile, so we decided at the last minute Friday to see the premiere of what seemed to be an over marketed movie, “The Hunger Games”. We found the movie intriguing enough we decided to download all 3 books onto our Ipads as well as downloading the entire series on audio book. We have been listening to them together ever since on our Apple “boom box” while watching the snow fall. Its been kind of fun. I decided to do an internet search to see if there were any sites posting “Hunger Games” recipes and there were. Yahoo had this one and then I found on Amazon “The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook”.
These “Herbed Goat Cheese Bites” represent the morning of the “reaping day” when 2 children are chosen for the “Hunger Games”. The main character, Katniss, wakes to find goat cheese wrapped in fresh basil leaves, a gift left by her little sister Prim. Katniss had bought her little sister an injured baby goat years before to help the family survive. Katniss takes her sister’s gift and eats it in the meadow by the woods with her friend Gale, where they spread it on fresh bread Gale had traded a squirrel for. In district 12, where Katniss and her family live, bread is a rarity.
I made this yesterday and it was delicious. Is a great appetizer at a party as well. This recipe is slightly different interpretation of a “celebrity” chef Tyler Florence recipe featured here.
- 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf thyme
- 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup of finely chopped cherry or grape tomatoes
- 8 ounce goat cheese log
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 ounces French baguette sliced in 1/4 inch thick slices
- 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves
- Finely chop and combine the first four herbs listed (thyme, parsley, tarragon, mint)
- Roll the goat cheese log evenly in the fresh herbs and then wrap tightly in plastic. Chill 2 to 24 hours. I chilled mine overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 and drizzle the bread slices with olive oil and place on cookie sheet
- Bake at 350 degrees until browned and crispy. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes
- Remove the fresh herb goat cheese log from the fridge and spread lightly on the baguette slices
- Top generously with the fresh chopped tomato and basil
Serve and Enjoy!
Adapted from Tyler’s Ultimate by Tyler Florence, Southern Living