Friday, May 25, 2012

French Fridays with Dorie ~ Lyonnaise Garlic and Herb Cheese


Lyonnaise Garlic and Herb Cheese
This week for French Friday our pick was Lyonnaise Garlic and Herb Cheese. Really quite easy! The most time consuming part was waiting for the Ricotta cheese to drain overnight!  The next morning I retrieved  the drained cheese…it looked perfect.  I then took out my new food processor and processed the garlic and shallot. I love my new food processor! At this point everything gets mixed into the cheese, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, chopped parsley, chives and tarragon. It called for fresh tarragon but, I used dried. I just planted 9 herbs on my deck and forgot tarragon! I will have to remedy that this week!
This was a terrific pick for the week! I plan on serving it for Memorial Day with my homemade pita chips and veggies! We love Pita Chips in our house and they are so easy to make. When my pita gets a bit stale, I cut it into triangle chips, brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt! Place them into a 350° oven and bake till lightly browned. They will go perfectly with the Lyonnais Garlic Herb Cheese!  Have a wonderful Memorial Day everyone!


This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook ‘Around My French Table’.
To see what other Doristas are doing check it out here!

Ricotta after drained
All ingredients added to the cheese
Another winner from Dorie
Yum!
Cut the pita bread into triangles
Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt or you could go sweet and sprinkle with
 cinnamon and sugar

Pita chips…A very good thing!
With all my herbs…I can’t believe there’s no tarragon!!

32 comments:

  1. This looks delicious, and so easy. I must try it out!

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  2. I agree, this was a great recipe to make this week before the holiday. Thanks for the directions on making Pita Chips. Homemade always taste so much better than store bought. Your herb garden is beautiful:) Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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  3. This is a great item to have on hand for entertaining - perfect for the holiday!
    Have a safe Memorial Day!

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  4. What a beautiful herb garden! Homemade pita chips, what a great idea :) Happy Memorial Day!

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  5. Tricia and I lived near Solberg Airport, enjoyed the balloon Festival, (which is coming up soon), and the only thing we had a problem with was the deer eating our goodies. (believe it or not, hot peppers). However, now that we are in PA, the rabbits are killing any herbs I try to plant on the patios. I actually had to research for plants that they did not like.
    Anyway, your cheese dip looks great, I like the idea of the homemade pita chips. Your herb garden looks great. Happy
    Memorial weekend.

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  6. LOL, I wouldnt have tarragon in my garden either if I could keep herbs alive... it's just not one that I use often enough to justify it! In fact, I sub it out for something else when it does come up in a recipe...

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  7. Fresh herbs make all the difference :) Your herb garden is lovely - I can't believe how big your basil is! You must have been getting a lot of sun. I planted mine last week and I am impatiently waiting...

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  8. Your pita chips go perfect with the cheese. Nice to have your own herb garden. Have a great weekend!

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  9. I love your deck garden, Kathy! I've been watering mine a lot - summer got here early. Thanks for the tip for pita chips. I usually store mine in the freezer (even if I buy fresh), so unfortunately I don't have the stale bread problem.

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  10. What a lovely visit I'm having here today Kathy. The herbed up cheese looks deliciously enticing and your herb garden has tingled my senses. I'm just about done with my herb garden and yes, tarragon is in too!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  11. Your garden is so lush compared to our beach house garden! We're working to amend the soil, but will never have the amount of moisture you have there.

    I'll bet this cheese was great with pita chips - good idea!

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  13. Kathy, I am glad that you enjoyed preparing the Herb Cheese - it looks so delicious and fresh! Nice photos and great post!

    Hope you are going to have a great weekend!

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  14. I adore making cheese at home--this is lovely.
    I have tarragon right out my back door; come to St. Paul!

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  15. You are good draining your cheese - I went to make this the night before, and just despaired at the "drain overnight" step. Looks great - enjoy Memorial Day.

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  16. Love the idea a pita chips! I haven't thought about them in years, my grandma used to make them all the time for appetizers, I will have to make some up! Your dip looks great, have a great Memorial Day!

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  17. If it has ricotta I will make it. A perfect barbecue addition. Everyone can "pick" while waiting for the meal.

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  18. Your photos are beautiful, Kathy! This will be perfect for the holiday weekend. I hope you have a wonderful one!

    I have a feeling we will be having at least one more FFwD recipe that calls for tarragon. That's why I bought a plant last summer and amazingly enough it survived some of the freezes we had over the winter and I was able to snip off enough fresh tarragon for the dip. It is so much cheaper to grow our own herbs for these recipes. :)

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  19. Most beautiful are your herbs!!! I was liking all your process photos and your pita chips but when I came to your beautiful herbs I really loved that photo. I can only keep basil and chives going through the summer. My others are about fried...have a couple growing inside, but they never look really healthy. Totally enjoyed your post. I'm going back to look at those herbs.

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  20. Kathy,
    Thanks for the pita chip recipe! It looks great with the cheese and I am sure it will taste delicious together. I don't have tarragon either! Gotta go buy one and my parsley growing from seed isn't big enough to harvest yet. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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  21. On a whim I planted tarragon this week...it sure came in handy :) Have a fabulous holiday, Kathy!

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  22. Great idea to use pita chips. Looks delicious!

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  23. Such a fresh and much healthier appetizer this has my vote!

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  24. Kathy, I had a difficult time finding French tarragon plants this year so perhaps you just didn't see them when you purchased your others. But, it is a necessity in the herb garden, isn't it. I am interested in your pita chips because mine don't keep well. Meaning we have to eat them the minute I make them. You seemed to have made them ahead. What's the secret? Happy Memorial Day - enjoy your herbs.

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  25. I'll bet this is great with pita chips. I love your watermelon spreader! So perfect for summer. I just divided my tarragon plant. I wish you lived closer and I would share it with you. Have a great weekend! Enjoy your cheese appetizer.

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  26. This is such a tasty appetizer Kathy and pairs perfectly with the pita triangles!

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  27. In reading the ingredients and seeing the picture, I would say that this would be a delicious appetizer. I really have never seen any combination quite like that, very flavorful. Also, nice garden. I kind of wish I did my herbs that way instead of in the big garden. The squash is taking over. Delicious post!

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  28. Such a perfect, healthy and full of amazing herb flavors in this delightful appetizer, Kathy!
    Love your little potted herb garden...and your beautiful green scenery in the back!

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  29. Your pita chips look perfect to serve with this cheese!

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  30. This looks wonderful (your herb garden does too!!) ... I need to make mine SOON!

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