Goat Cheese Spread with Mint and Cumin Seeds 8 Comments

Dec 16, 2008

This photo may be deceiving but, hidden beneath the mint leaves hides a flavor-fest of goodness. Goat cheese, combines with cumin seeds, dried dill weed, cracked black pepper and freshly pressed garlic.

When the goat cheese touches your lips you are immediately hit by the gentleness of the mint leaves. Then, cumin seeds and black pepper explode creating a powerful smokiness and warmth that is out of this world. I’m very serious here. This simple goat cheese appetizer will knock your socks off. Perfect for entertaining.

For a sophisticated presentation, top crackers with the goat cheese spread and a fresh mint leaf.


12 oz soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 2 ½ cups), room temperature
2 tablespoons whole milk
2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, pressed
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
20 mint leaves, thinly sliced
32 (or more) seeded crackers


2 ½ cups

Prep Time

15 minutes


Mix first 6 ingredients in small bowl until almost smooth. Cover; chill. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Transfer goat cheese spread to shallow bowl. Drizzle oil over. Sprinkle mint leaves over and serve with crackers.


Bon Appetit Magazine December 2008

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Gorgeous description! I could taste it as I was reading it. ;)

christie @ fig & cherry, over 5 years ago

This looks great - a very simple, but elegant spread that would work well in a lot of different situations.

Fearless Kitchen, over 5 years ago

I'm all about flavor fests of goodness! This dip looks fantastic!

Marc @ NoRecipes, over 5 years ago

Okay - this sounds amazing. I will have to make this stat!

Christiane, over 5 years ago

i made this for a xmas party and everyone loved it. thanks great recipe very tasty combination

—jude, over 5 years ago

wow, we just made this for our guests last night. First, it was so easy to make, and second everyone loved the flavors. Thanks for the delightful twist on goat cheese.

—Annabelle, over 5 years ago

I cannot find cumin seeds to save my life...only ground cumin. Does anyone know what the conversion would be to ground cumin, or would it just ruin it to use ground cumin? Thanks.

—Michelle, over 5 years ago

I have not tasteed that. I am unfamiliar with Cumin Seeds.

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