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posted: 3/18/2014 5:45 AM

Goat Cheese and Pistachio Spread

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1 package (11 ounces) goat cheese, at room temperature

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 large garlic glove, minced and mashed into a paste with 1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup pistachio nuts, toasted and cooled

¼ cup chives, chopped (reserve some for garnish)

Put cheese, butter and garlic paste in a large bowl and with an electric mixer, blend until well combined. Stir in the pistachios and chives. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with reserved chives. Serve with toasted French bread slices or crackers.

Makes about 1 cup.

Cook's note: This can be made ahead and refrigerated. Bring spread to room temperature before serving.

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