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Goat Cheesecake with Spicy Herb Oil

Ingredients:

1 lb. cream cheese, softened
10 oz. goat cheese
4 eggs
1 c. cream
1 c. fresh basil
1 c. fresh tarragon
1 c. fresh chervil
1 T. crushed red pepper
1-1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper. Lightly grease parchment.

In a large bowl, beat cheeses together until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in cream until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan and place in a larger pan filled with enough water to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until top is almost set, but still a little loose in the center. Cool, then cover and chill for at least 4 hours.

Heat remaining ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain solids and discard. Refrigerate oil until ready to use. To serve, puddle infused oil on individual serving plates and top with a wedge of goat cheesecake. Garnish with red pepper strips and accompany with crackers.

Find Tennessee goat cheese and other farm-direct, artisan foods at the “Taste of Tennessee” online store at the Pick Tennessee Products website, www.picktnproducts.org

This farm news was published in the Nov. 8, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

11/8/2006