Goats cheese parfait

Richard Phillips serves up a delicious starter of creamy herbed goats' cheese with roast beetroot and pickled wild mushrooms
By Richard Phillips
Goats cheese parfait
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  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: medium


  • 300 g goats' cheese
  • 50 g pine kernels, toasted
  • 1 tsp chopped tarragon
  • 1 tsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tsp chopped basil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 180 ml double cream, semi-whipped
  • 1 large beetroot

For the pickled mushrooms

  • 600 ml water
  • 250 ml white wine vinegar
  • 100 ml honey
  • 4 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 white peppercorns
  • 150 g mixed wild mushrooms

For the garnish

  • 1 duck egg, poached
  • chervil


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6.

2. Blend the goats' cheese in a food processor with the pine nuts, herbs, garlic and honey.

3. Once blended, gently fold in the cream and season with salt and pepper. Roll the goats' cheese mix in cling film to create a barrel shape and pop it in the fridge until later.

4. Wrap the beetroot in tin foil and place in the oven for about 1 hour, until it's soft in the middle. Leave to cool, then peel and slice into 1/2 cm thick round pieces.

5. For the pickled mushrooms, place all the ingredients except the mushrooms in a pan and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and leave to infuse for 15 minutes, then pour over the mixed wild mushrooms and reserve.

6. Slice the goats' cheese parfait into even slices, then layer up on a serving plate, alternating 3 pieces of beetroot with 2 pieces of goats' cheese. Place the poached duck egg on top, then garnish with picked chervil and the pickled wild mushrooms.

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