I love summer! As I sit here curled up in my big yellow chair, the smell of my herb garden is flowing through my house. I keep my herbs by the bay windows in my sun room and I love to fiddle with them. I have loved watching my tiny little seedlings grow and flourish this summer. Some of them I grew from seeds and others were tiny seedlings when I rescued them from Lowe’s (they were severely dehydrated…it was a close call).
This year I grew a few new herbs… Lavender, Parsley, Citronella; along with a few of my favorites: Lemon Balm, Basil, Purple Basil, Sweet Mint and Rosemary.
South Carolina heat can be a beast in the summer..and my poor little purple basil got fried. Whoops…
But! I had three full harvests of my regular basil so plenty stored for winter this year. My citronella plant took off! I highly recommend planting that bad boy in a planter…he took over the box.
One afternoon, I was looking around the internet for a fun way to use my fresh herbs and stumbled upon this recipe by SARA MOULTON. I had several events to go to the past few weeks and hosted a few get togethers at my house, so I tried it out! It was so easy to make and everyone loves chatting over cheese and crackers!
FRESH HERBED YOGURT CHEESE
Start to finish: 2 1/2 days plus 20 minutes (20 active)
17.6 ounce container (about 2 cups) Greek yogurt, full-fat or low-fat, your choice
3 tablespoons minced shallot
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper
Toasted baguette slices or crackers
Line a large strainer with a triple layer of rinsed and squeezed cheesecloth and set the strainer over a larger bowl. Pile the yogurt into the strainer, spreading it out. Cover with plastic wrap, top with a plate and a weight such as a can of tomatoes and let the yogurt drain in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
Transfer the drained yogurt to a bowl and stir in the next 7 ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. If time permits, cover and chill the cheese for up to 8 hours (to develop the flavor). Shape the cheese into logs or rounds and serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers. Makes a little over 2 cups.
Nutrition information per 2-ounce serving: 76 calories; 43 calories from fat; 5 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 4 mg cholesterol; 56 mg sodium; 3 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 5 g protein.
— recipe by SARA MOULTON —
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
One Cheese Loving Lemon