Goat cheese rolled in dry rose petals, edible silver flakes and a blend of wonderful exotic spices makes a beautiful platter! While finally cleaning out stacks of old magazines I always tend to keep I stumbled upon an issue of the InStyle magazine. One of its sections called “Life, etc.” usually features great ideas on entertaining, home design, table décor and yummy recipes. This specific issue featured Laura Santtini’s Carnal Sin Rub which looked visually stunning and so I decided to give it a try! However, my pantry was missing some key ingredients and in my quest for those I discovered a wonderful spice store called Kalustyan’s located in Murray Hill. It is truly a “bazaar” of innumerable spices and various exotic ingredients where I found the dry rose petals and also some rare teas like the Lebanese Herbal Tea which contains an incredible blend of 32 herbs and spices. The edible golden flakes I was looking for turned out to be way too expensive so instead I bought silver flakes which proved to be a terrific substitute. In this recipe Laura also suggests using the same rub over fresh ricotta, mozzarella or feta. Regardless of the one you choose, it will make an elegant hors d’oeuvre when served with a slightly toasted baguette and washed down with a bubbly Champagne!
Ingredients: dried rose petals, pink peppercorns, sumac, salt flakes, goat cheese log, gold or silver flakes, extra-virgin olive oil.
Dried rose petals from Kalustyan’s specialty food store.
Sumac is a wonderful spice used predominantly in the Middle Eastern countries. If you enjoy hummus, try sprinkling this deep red spice on top as an attractive garnish with a hint of acidity. Delicious!
Mill all the spices (reserve gold/silver flakes) in a coffee grinder or spice mill to a powder.
Edible Silver flakes don’t just look good in this particular recipe but also will add some decadent sparkle to any dark chocolate desserts. Tear them apart carefully and spread on a baking sheet along with the milled spices.
Spread the spices on a baking sheet and roll the cheese until coated. Sprinkle with the remaining dried rose petals on top. Transfer to a cheese platter and drizzle lightly with extra-virgin olive oil.
GOAT CHEESE rubbed with Dried Rose Petals, Exotic Spices & Silver Flakes
recipe detailsServes 6-8
- 2 tablespoons dried rose petals, plus extra for garnish
- 1 tablespoon pink peppercorns
- 2 teaspoons sumac
- 2 teaspoons salt flakes
- 1 pound goat cheese log
- Small pinch of gold or silver flakes
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil