These particular goats live at the beautiful Hildene estate in Manchester, Vermont, and in return for living on an estate they provide some of the most delicious goat cheese I’ve ever tasted.
So if you are ever in their neck of the woods, go say hello to these irresistible goats and pick up some of their irresistible cheese, and then you can give these fun little appetizers a try.
They are as simple as this: grab your handy vegetable peeler and peel off strips of green and/or yellow summer squash. You’ll want to toss out the first strip that is all peel (or you can feed it to your hungry hound dog, which is what I did. Yep, she loves squash. And cucumbers. And blueberries.) Now spread a thin layer of goat cheese on each strip, and sprinkle it with a few chopped sundried tomatoes, some chopped chives or thyme or whatever other herb catches your fancy, and grind on a little pepper. Drizzle the teeniest amount of olive oil over the whole thing.
Now starting at either end, carefully roll it up until it looks like, well, a sushi roll. The cheese will make the roll stick together, and there you go – a fun and delicious new appetizer for your summer repertoire. Pop the first one in your mouth as soon as you make it just to make sure it is as delicious as I claim it is – this is the cook’s prerogative. We must be the official tasters. It’s part of the job.
These babies are best served right after you make them so the squash doesn’t dry out, but since it will only take you about 15 minutes from start to finish, that shouldn’t be a problem.
The end. (Couldn’t resist!)