I have had the recipe for this pink and gold goat cheese appetizer set aside for over a year just waiting for the perfect occasion. Lauren’s bridal shower was it. I don’t generally match my food to my color scheme but this was just too perfect. But the pink color should not deter you from serving this at a manly tailgate or father’s day get together. Maybe skip the flower garnish on the plate, but this recipe is so delicious and interesting that everyone will like it.
This recipe has freaking rose petals in it. I mean, it doesn’t get classier than that. And gold flakes. Plan ahead to make this recipe as these are not ingredients that you would find in your corner grocery store. And it cost about $30 to make… I certainly wouldn’t pay that for an everyday appetizer but I do have the spices leftover and can probably make it 2 more times. We are super lucky to have a spice shop not too far from us which meant that I could buy everything in store and not have to pay for shipping. But I found most of the items available online as well for those of you who don’t have a really great spice shop locally. You can also check your local international markets where these items are a little bit cheaper. You can find the best price for goat cheese at Trader Joe’s and Costco also carries a two pack for a really reasonable cost. Because when you are making something with gold flakes in it, the price of the goat cheese is of great concern (shaking my head at myself as I write that).Here is the recipe for Laura Santtini’s Carnal Sin Rub (BTW she is my kind of gal. She is cutting edge, fun and has a great sense of humor and style.)
- 2 TBSP dried rose petals, plus extra for garnish (I used edible flowers instead)
- 1 TBSP pink peppercorns
- 2 tsp sumac (sort of has a smoky, lemony flavor)
- 2 tsp Maldon sea salt flakes
- 4 small (4 oz) goat cheese logs (or 1 bigger as seen above)
- Small pinch of gold flakes
- (I think I would have used these had I not had access to the gold flakes)
- 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- Mill spices (reserve gold) in a coffee grinder to a powder.
- Spread on a plate and roll cheese until coated.
- Sprinkle with gold; drizzle logs with olive oil.
- Serve with lightly toasted crostini.
Serves 8 (but if you serve it with other things it can feed a lot more)
Do this! It’s so good. As you can tell, I didn’t grind everything down super tiny. And while I wanted to play up the girliness for the bridal shower, I have made a modified version of this since then. I always skip the gold flakes, because I’m poor. And if I can’t find the pink peppercorns, I’ve substituted regular whole peppercorn instead and it was still delicious! I usually also skip the olive oil drizzle to finish this goat cheese appetizer off and it is still amazing. I think I’ll make this for dinner one night this week…Yum.
All photos by Dez and Tam