It's time for another Tasty Tuesday with Laura from Food Snob St. Louis:
A few years ago I went to a Girls' Night Out cooking class at the Kitchen Conservatory. Kitchen Conservatory is an awesome kitchen/cooking supply store in St. Louis, and they offer tons of different classes throughout the week. I've been to 3 or 4 over the years, and I always walk away with new knowledge, skills and best of all, recipes.
At the Girls' Night Out class, we sipped on cosmos while watching the instructor (who I unfortunately cannot remember her name!) make a bunch of awesome dishes. The first was by far the best though: pistachio goat cheese balls.
I don't actually have the recipe we got that night, but they are pretty easy to remember. So here is my best recipe-less attempt!
Pistachio Goat Cheese Balls (adapted from Kitchen Conservatory)
4 oz. cream cheese
4oz. goat cheese
1/2 cup shelled, chopped pistachios (which we know aren't lacking in our house)
1 cup of grapes (red or green are fine)
1. Let the cream cheese and goat cheese sit out for a few minutes (it will make them easier to mix). Meanwhile, remove the grapes from the vine and wash and dry well. Also, chop your pistachio nuts if you haven't already (You could do this in a food processor if you want.).
2. Once slightly softened, mix together the cream cheese and goat cheese.
3. Take a grape, and a small amount of the goat cheese mixture in your hands (it's messy!). Roll the grape around until it is covered in the cheese.
4. Place the pistachios in a shallow bowl or pan. Roll each goat and cream cheese covered grape in the pistachios. ENJOY!
The rich creaminess of the goat cheese and cream cheese paired with the sweet crunch of a grape and salty pistachios make these a combination to please every craving you might be having.
The only problem might be how easy they are to just pop in your mouth. They are best served chilled and the same day you make them. I've made them ahead of time before and the pistachios get a little soft.
They're still really good though.
I also find the color of these to be just beautiful. The bright green, purple and white make for a very attractive appetizer at your next dinner party or summer bbq.
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