Dec

14

2009

More Cheese Please

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Baked Spinach, Tomato and Goat Cheese

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Baked spinach tomato goat cheese-Duo Dishes

Cheese is up there in our top ten list of foods.  Gouda, cheddar, brie, mascarpone, manchego, asiago, halloumi, havarti, swiss, cotija, paneer–doesn’t matter.  We don’t care if it came from a down home Wisconsin farmer or monks in the French Pyrenees.  If it’s cheese, we’ll eat it.  One of the favorites is chèvre.  Although chèvre literally translates to ‘goat’, when applied to the cheese, it typically refers to the soft version that can be spread or dolloped on anything.  Feta cheese is the semi-hard form of goat’s milk cheese that a lot of us love in Greek dishes.  Goat’s milk has less fat, calories and cholesterol than cow’s milk, which means that cheeses from goat’s milk are naturally leaner.  That gives us a weak excuse to use it as much as possible.  The same goes for you.  Let’s enjoy it together, shall we?

The more cheese, the better.  It’s one of the things you can pile on top of a dish, and you may still find that it’s not enough.  Well, that’s the inner cheese glutton in us who wants more, more, more.  There’s no harm in obliging his demands from time to time.  That’s the case with this warm, creamy, cheesey pot of lovin’.  The best part is that the ramekins create an instant pre-portioned bit of goodness.  If you have a larger casserole dish and want to make a bit family style version, have at it!

Baked Spinach, Tomato and Goat Cheese – Serves 4
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 vine tomato, sliced
1 cup fresh spinach, torn
7 fresh basil leaves, torn
4 ounces goat cheese
1/8 cup panko crumbs

1. Whisk eggs and sour cream until smooth. Stir in salt.

2. Add spinach and basil, folding into the wet ingredients until combined.

3. Carefully pour into four 3-ounce ramekins. Top each one with a slice of tomato then a bit of goat cheese. Sprinkle panko crumbs evenly over each.

4. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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  1. oh my gosh. This will look like heaven in my stomach. I can make this! (but I need a goat, right?)

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  2. Dishes like that DEFINITELY need to be cheesy! :)

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  3. I agree to the more cheese, the better. :) This sounds nice (and easy) and would be a great recipe for a mini brunch. (love the individual servings)

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  4. I could dig into that. I have a good amount of Vegetarian dishes to prepare, and this sounds like a good starter for them. Thank you for that!

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  5. Holy cow this looks good, Duo! Really nice idea to include the spinach too. I’ll bet its fantastic and so festive in those ramekins!

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  6. I just picked up some goat cheese for a caramelized onion dip that I need to make for a bloody work carry-in. Hmmm…now you have me thinking screw people at work and I could use for the cheese for dinner.

    I think people would be more happy if they ate more butter, bacon, and cheese and not so many bland low fat crap.

    Awesome job!

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  7. I love cheese in any form–this looks so amazing. A great Sunday brunch dish.

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  8. Oh yep…the more, the merrier! They look awesome!

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  9. I agree, me and cheese are very good friends :)

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  10. The more cheese, the better. I don’t think there has been a week when I don’t use cheese in something. This looks fantastic with all the cheesy goodness!

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  11. Oh that’s dangerous. I didn’t need any more justifications for eating more cheese! The baked cheese looks amazing, too.

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  12. I am with you on the cheese…although sometimes I can be picky. Bring on the cheese!

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  13. I always justify my consumption of goat cheese/feta by saying it’s “healthier” than other cheeses. Plus the stronger flavor makes a little go a long way!

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  14. My inner cheese glutton is saying ‘more please’ right about now!

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  15. I’m sooo with you on that one! We want more cheese :-D Spinach, tomatoes and goat cheese are always winners… Perfect dinner for tomorrow. Thanks!

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  16. Cheese is always welcome in our household at any hour of the day. We are so excited to be going to Paris on Friday where there will be many cheese fests to be had!!! Love this dish – so cute AND tasty!

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  17. this is sounds awesome. goat cheese taste so good combined with all those wonderful flavors…

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  18. I’m a big fan of goat cheese as well. That looks and sounds really good. Will have to give it a try.

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  19. I do love cheese and would love this bake with goat cheese, yum!

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  20. Mmmm! I constantly find myself saying more cheese please :) OR simply Gimme more cheese now!! This looks awesome though!!

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  21. This is a really nice way to enjoy some cheese!

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  22. Can never get enough cheese!…or comments, how do you guys do it??

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  23. Love all the cheese recipes. A great one that you are sharing.

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  24. I am so impressed with your culinary skills! I adore young delicate chèvre, and have yet to try it cooked. This looks very good! Very very very good!

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  25. Cheese, glorious cheese! I love these alternative souffles.

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  26. Hehe I don’t need any excuse to eat cheese too! I think goat’s cheese seems to have that bit extra special to it and it can often stand with just one ingredient and still feel like a special meal :)

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  27. Oh yeah! The more cheese the better, I couldn’t agree more. I tried something like this in Panera once, no goat cheese though, and I loved it. I am using this recipe for my next brunch :)

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  28. Positively delicious! What a great side for Christmas!

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  29. We love love some cheese too! This dish looks so delicious!!

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  30. Now, these cheese individualized ramekins look so delectable!!

    MMMMMMMMMMM,…

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  31. Saw “goat cheese” on Twitter and thought, yes. And yes.

    Beautiful!!

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  32. If the recipe has a tasty cheese for my liking then I need to try it ;) This looks positively scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  33. I’ve said it time and time again: I freaking LOVE cheese. I’ll marry it if possible. This post is definitely on of my favorites!

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  34. I grew up on Colby, and that was it! My parents did not venture far out on cheese, and then these friends from NY came to town after I got out of high school and that was it! I have never looked back…is it wrong it is 5 in the morning and I want a ramekin of cheese?

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  35. yum yum yum. interestingly enough, i don’t like cheesy dishes, but i love plain cheese, especially artisan cheeses. goat cheese is one of my faves. ATL has a great annual cheese and wine show for vendors, which I attend only to leave with bags of cheese!! and, eating chévre in France is sooo sweet. I did a post on it. You should check it out.

    hugs.

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  36. OMG. Just hand me a spoon, all the ramekins and get out of my way. I would eat this for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner….

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  37. I’m a dairy lover all the way, so cheese is in my top ten also.

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  38. I am pretty sure there is not a cheese out there that I don’t like! I just ate breakfast, but my mouth is watering! :D

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  39. ahh I wish I could cook more with cheese…looks so good!

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  40. Bring on the cheese – this looks amazing!

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  41. here via Gera’s Sweet Foods blog. This looks exceptionally great! I can imagine the fork breaking into that cheesy goodness.

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  42. [...] Baked Spinach, Tomato and Goat Cheese by Duo Dishes – What is not to like about a dish that features goat cheese? This dish could be served with some rustic artisan bread. I am salivating just thinking about it. Be sure to support your local fromagerie! [...]

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  43. I LOVE goat cheese. What a great combo of flavors.

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  44. I am all over this one. . . love cheese, love dairy, love food, what can I say. Can’t wait to make!

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  45. Oh Lordy, this recipe has my name written all over it. I may try it on Monday, it seems easy enough. I was fixated on all of that cheesy goodness, and could barely fix my fingers to scroll down and check out the ingredient list!

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