Goat cheese, with tart flavor, is a delightful complement to dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Together, they make an ideal spread on bread, toast, and crackers.
In a small bowl cover dried tomatoes with boiling water. Let stand for 10 minutes. Drain tomatoes, discarding liquid. Finely snip tomatoes.
In a bowl stir together the snipped tomatoes, goat cheese, cream cheese, basil, garlic, and black pepper. Stir in enough milk to make the mixture of spreading consistency. Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours. Serve with rye bread or crackers. If desired, top with assorted garnishes. Makes 1-1/4 cups spread (10 servings).