Colby and Megan Garrelts opened Rye in Leawood, Kansas, intending to create a restaurant that their friends and family could frequent on more than just special occasions. Veterans of such fine-dining restaurants as Chicago's Tru, the couple did a 180 by focusing Rye's menu on Midwestern-inflected, homespun dishes. Many of the recipes were even born in the Garrelts' home kitchen. This three-cheese-and-herb spread is one of them. They make theirs with Green Dirt Farm's cottage-like sheep's-milk cheese, but we used sheep's-milk ricotta to great results.
Three-Cheese Herb-and-Honey Spread
Recipe adapted from Colby and Megan Garrelts, Rye, Leawood, KS
Yield: 6 servings
Cook Time: 45 minutes
1 head garlic
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving
4 ounces fresh goat's-milk cheese (chèvre), at room temperature
½ cup fresh ricotta cheese (preferably sheep's-milk), at room temperature
¼ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
Honey (preferably wildflower), for serving
Roughly chopped fresh herbs (such as basil, chervil, tarragon, dill or parsley), for serving
1 small loaf sourdough bread, thickly sliced crosswise and lightly toasted
1. Roast the garlic: Preheat the oven to 350°. Cutting crosswise, slice off the top third of the garlic and discard. Set the bottom two-thirds of the head on a 12-inch sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle the olive oil over the exposed garlic cloves, then season with ¼ teaspoon of the salt and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Wrap the aluminum foil loosely around the garlic and bake until the garlic cloves are golden-brown and a paring knife easily slips into a clove, about 45 minutes. Remove the garlic from the oven and unwrap. Set aside to cool slightly, then squeeze the garlic cloves from the head. Remove 6 garlic cloves and add them to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (reserve the remaining roasted garlic in an airtight container for up to 1 week).
2. To the stand mixer bowl, add the goat's-milk cheese, ricotta, cream cheese and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt. Beat on medium speed until combined and there aren't any large garlic pieces, scraping down the mixer bowl as needed, about 1 minute. Scrape the cheese mixture into a medium bowl and use the bottom of a spoon to make a well in the center. Drizzle the cheese with honey, then sprinkle with more pepper and the fresh herbs. Serve with the toasted sourdough.