Goat Cheese with Olives, Thyme, Lemon Zest and Chili Flakes 4 Comments

Dec 27, 2008

Goat cheese is one of the most versatile cheeses around. Like a supporting actor, it provides stability, versatility and, most of the time, can take the show on its own. You can pretty much add any combination of ingredients and the outcome will be delicious.

For this recipe, a mixture of black and green olives are warmed with sprigs of thyme, a scoop of lemon zest, olive oil, and chili flakes. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to get to know each other. Then, pour the olives on the goat cheese for a delicious appetizer.


½ cup assorted olives
3 fresh thyme sprigs
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
¼ teaspoon chili flakes
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 (4-to-5oz) fresh goat cheese medallion or 2 smaller goat cheese buttons



Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes


Heat olives, thyme, oil, lemon zest, chili flakes and pepper in a small skillet or saucepan over low heat until fragrant (do not simmer). Cool to room temperature. Pour olive mixture on goat cheese.


Gourmet Magazine July 2008

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looks fantastic!

jain, over 5 years ago

sounds like the perfect addition to my New Year´s Eve party.

—Kelly, over 5 years ago

This was fantastic! I wanted a quick appetizer for my hubbie and I using goat cheese as I love the stuff and this filled the bill. Quick, easy, and had all ingrediants on hand. Even my hubby liked it and he does NOT love goat cheese like I do and always makes a face when I serve it, but not this time. I don't know how I ever lived without Tastespotting - thank you - will make this again and again.

—Dee Dee, over 4 years ago

It seems that many people like Goat Cheese.

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