Prim’s Basil and Goat Cheese Bites

Posted November 6, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in The Hunger Games (Nov. 2014) / 4 Comments


So excited for our new Book of the Month: The Hunger Games! I’ve loved both the books and the movies, and since Mockingjay Part 1 is coming out later this month, it seemed like the perfect time for a Hunger Games menu. Luckily, the books feature so many recipes, any difficulty in developing a menu comes from the sheer number of options.

For the appetizer, I wanted to feature a recipe that appears early in the first book, before the Games even start. Prim’s gift to Katniss of basil-wrapped goat cheese was the clear choice—a light, delicious salute to Prim and an example of the simple life in District 12.

P.S. The recipe I use here is an altered version of one found in the Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook.

Prim’s Basil and Goat Cheese Bites

“On the table, under a wooden bowl to protect it from hungry rats and cats alike, sits a perfect little goat cheese wrapped in basil leaves. Prim’s gift to me on reaping day. I put the cheese carefully in my pocket as I slip outside.”
— The Hunger Games

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 oz plain or honeyed goat cheese (the honeyed version is a sweeter and lighter—I prefer the flavor of the honeyed version a little more, but plain goat cheese is more true to the book)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves

 

Makes 10-12 cheese bites

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Start by adding your cheese, olive oil, and lemon juice to a medium bowl. Stir until smooth. Now add your salt and pepper, stirring again until they’re evenly incorporated. In the end, you should wind up with a texture like ricotta.

  2. Spoon approximately 1 tsp of the cheese mix onto the middle of a basil leaf. Lift the two pointed ends of the leaf and pinch them together. Secure with a toothpick and repeat until you’ve reached the desired number of cheese bites.

  3. And that’s it! You’re all done. Technically, these can be covered and refrigerated for a day, but I recommend serving them right after making, so the leaves don’t wilt.

    If you have leftover cheese mix, you can spread it on toasted french bread for a snack.
  4. Enjoy with a friend while walking through the woods just before the Reaping!

    I really appreciated this recipe’s simple preparation and pure, clean flavors. Not only was it quick and easy to make, but I also think it is very representative of life in District 12.

 

 

 

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Prim’s Basil and Goat Cheese Bites

Makes 10-12 cheese bites

Ingredients

  • 5 oz plain or honeyed goat cheese (the honeyed version is a sweeter and lighter---I prefer the flavor of the honeyed version a little more, but plain goat cheese is more true to the book)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Start by adding your cheese, olive oil, and lemon juice to a medium bowl. Stir until smooth. Now add your salt and pepper, stirring again until they're evenly incorporated. In the end, you should wind up with a texture like ricotta.
  2. Spoon approximately 1 tsp of the cheese mix onto the middle of a basil leaf. Lift the two pointed ends of the leaf and pinch them together. Secure with a toothpick and repeat until you've reached the desired number of cheese bites.
  3. And that's it! You're all done. Technically, these can be covered and refrigerated for a day, but I recommend serving them right after making, so the leaves don't wilt.
  4. Enjoy with a friend while walking through the woods just before the Reaping!
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4 responses to “Prim’s Basil and Goat Cheese Bites

  1. Ah! See, THG (well, Catching Fire) was my first thought from your hint, but then I second guessed myself and went for something more “classic”.
    Goat cheese and basil is a perfect start to a Hunger Games themed meal!
    I’ve got a Mockingjay themed post coming up later in the month too. 😉

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