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Herbed Goat Cheese Sandwiches (Serves 8)

Copyright 2001, Barefoot Contessa Parties! by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved


Photo: Quentin Bacon

For the Spread:
8 ounces low-fat cream cheese at room temperature
10 1/2 ounces mild goat cheese, such as Montrachet, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
5 to 6 tablespoons low-fat milk
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Sandwiches:
1 loaf dense 7-grain bread, thinly sliced
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled

For the spread: place the cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic, thyme, parsley, 5 tablespoons milk, salt, and pepper in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until well-mixed. Add an additional tablespoon of milk if the spread is very thick.

To make the sandwiches: spread each slice of the bread with the goat cheese spread. Slice the cucumber into thin rounds and arrange on half of the bread slices. Top with the remaining bread and press slightly. Cut the sandwiches into halves, thirds, or triangles.