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Lemon and Chive Goats Cheese “Boats” – Deli Week

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Creamy soft goats cheese quinelles in a tortilla shell with a decorative chive

This is my second “Deli Week” recipe, the idea being that these are recipes great to be piled onto a board in the middle of a table and shared amongst friends. These goats cheese ‘boats’ would also be perfect for canapes or a posh starter!

I’ve been eating goats cheese a bit more recently, I went off all cheese for ages but slowly I have begun to really enjoy it again! Goats cheese is great if you are lactose intolerant because it has no (or very small amount) of lactose! I find the soft creamy versions are not too strong in flavour, plus they are deliciously soft which makes them great to mix with flavourings such as lemon, herbs and chilli. You could make this meal vegan by using a nut cheese/ vegan cream cheese or even something completely different inside your tortilla shell like a little spoonful of avocado and salad.

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How to make the boats!

You could also make this gluten free by simply using gluten free tortilla wraps!

To make the shells is really easy! Take your flat tortilla wraps and slice them in to 8 wedges. Lightly grease a muffin tin and then place each wedge in one of the muffin holes so that you are creating a curve with a flat base in the middle (see my photo above for guidance). Then pop in the oven at 200c for 5-6 minutes untill they have hardened and browned slightly on the edges.

The ‘boats’ once cooled and removed keep their shape however I found that they fell over due to the thick side of the wedge being heavier than the rest of it. Once you have delicately placed a goats cheese quinelle on to the flat base you will find that it balances out nicely and will then stay up right!

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Presented on a long board these canapes look quite visually exciting!

I chose chives and lemon to flavour my goats cheese because I wanted fresh flavours which would go nicely with my spiced polenta chips and other items you might find on a deli board. These are light enough to be eaten in abundance on their own or as part of a larger spread.

You could add garlic, dried chilli and other herbs it is completely up to you! For the purpose of making 8 boats I used 1 tortilla wrap (cut into 8 wedges), 8-10 chives finely chopped and the zest of 1 lemon mixed in with 1 small tub of goats cheese with a pinch of salt and plenty of black pepper and 6 chives as garnish. Double up to make 12 boats etc!

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