Simple yet sophisticated, charcuterie spreads are a staple of many cultures. The Persian culture has a breakfast variation called “noon o paneer,” which translates literally to “bread and cheese.” In its most basic form, it consists of flatbread with a tart cheese, walnuts, and fresh herbs (most commonly mint). Traditionally the dish uses a harder goat’s milk cheese similar in strong flavor to a feta, which counterbalances the fragrant bite of the herbs. It’s a savory way to start your day and is beautiful on a breakfast or brunch spread. I’ll often eat it with eggs for an extra protein boost to keep me feeling full, but it’s versatile enough to incorporate other elements as desired, and enjoyable any time of day.
- Goat cheese
- Fresh herbs —mint, basil, parsley
- Spread cheese on a piece of flatbread
- Top with nuts and herbs of choice
- Roll and enjoy!
- Optional add-ons can include radish, honey, dried fruits, jam, and/or tomato slices