Need an absolutely easy and delicious opening for your next gathering? Honey Pecan Goat Cheese Appetizer is the ticket. These flavors go perfectly with each other and the pecans add perfect crunch to the creamy goat cheese…divine!
HONEY PECAN GOAT CHEESE APPETIZER RECIPE
I am always on the hunt for simple recipes that I can make with ingredients that are easy and economical to keep on hand. That way, if I need to make an appetizer or dessert (or something!) on the fly, I can grab what I need right from my pantry and quickly whip it up. Easy-peasy….know what I mean?
Some of my favorite appetizers that fall into this category are Pork Tenderloin Crostini (another goat cheese appetizer that I adore) and Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa Bites. Also, don’t overlook Mexican Cheese Bread since it’s super fast, easy and cheap to make, too….everybody flips for cheese bread.
I like to serve pinwheels (also known as roll ups) as finger food appetizers, too. People go crazy for Taco Meat Party Pinwheels (easy to serve with salsa on the side) and Roast Beef Picnic Pinwheels. These roll ups also make a nice lunch snack, too, by the way.
WHAT TO LOVE
- This appetizer looks fancy but takes just minutes to assemble.
- The tangy goat cheese is delicious with the honey – the flavors are perfect together.
- Add some crackers and your favorite ”beverage” and you’re good to go!
- Goat cheese
- Dried thyme leaves
- Chopped pecans
- Honey Your favorite crackers
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING PECAN GOAT CHEESE LOGS
**PRINT THE FULL RECIPE FROM THE RECIPE CARD AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST
Combine the dried thyme leaves with the chopped pecans in a flat, shallow dish; drizzle with the warm honey and combine well; remove half of the prepared pecan mixture from the bowl.
Unpackage both goat cheese logs, then roll the first one in the pecan mixture that still remains in the shallow dish, gently pressing the pecans into all sides of the goat cheese. Remove to a serving platter, then repeat with the remaining half of the prepared pecan mixture and the second goat cheese log.
Roll one log of goat cheese in the prepared pecan mixture, gently pressing it into all sides of the goat cheese; repeat with the remaining pecan mixture and the second goat cheese log.
Serve with your favorite crackers or toasted baguette slices. Or, refrigerate and serve as needed later.
ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT THIS RECIPE
IS GOAT CHEESE STRONG IN FLAVOR?
FRESH goat cheese is very mild in flavor, and that’s what I recommend for this recipe. AGED goat cheese can have pretty strong flavors and not every one is a fan of the distinct flavors of aged goat cheese, for sure. Aged goat cheese will also be more costly due to the time it takes to age it properly.
WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE GOAT CHEESE?
If I had a local farmer where I could purchase goat cheese, I’d sure do that. However, since I don’t have that available in my particular neck of the woods here in NE Kansas, I typically purchase my fresh goat cheese from Aldi. They have a fresh goat cheese log that’s available for around $1.99 – a fabulous value.
CAN YOU FREEZE GOAT CHEESE?
Yep, so I typically purchase several when I’m at Aldi to keep in the freezer to use when needed.
WHICH COCKTAIL PAIRS WELL WITH A FRESH GOAT CHEESE APPETIZER?
My favorite cocktail to serve with this appetizer in the summertime is a Gin and Tonic! It’s a vibrant summer drink that pairs well with the creamy, mild fresh goat cheese. As for wine, I typically pair a dry Riesling with the goat cheese.
HOW SHOULD I SERVE THIS APPETIZER?
You can serve this goat cheese appetizer as is, along with crackers or toasted baguette slices, and some berries. It is delicious for summer parties, yet also looks pretty fancy as part of a holiday charcuterie board, too.
TIPS FOR MAKING THIS APPETIZER THE BEST IT CAN BE
- Serve the goat cheese at room temperature so it’s easier to spread on crackers or bread.
- Serve with an assortment of fresh berries on the side, especially if serving this appetizer at a summer gathering.
- The goat cheese logs will keep well for up to 1-2 days in refrigeration.
MORE FAVORITE APPETIZER RECIPES TO ENJOY
- SOUTHERN PIMENTO CHEESE SPREAD
- ROAST BEEF PICNIC PINWHEELS
- FIRECRACKER SHRIMP
- ITALIAN HOAGIE DIP
- HAM AND BACON PASTRY RING
PRINTABLE HONEY-PECAN GOAT CHEESE APPETIZER RECIPE
Honey Pecan Goat Cheese Appetizer
- 2 4 oz. fresh goat cheese logs softened slightly
- 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans toasted
- 1 Tbs. honey or agave nectar warmed a bit
- Combine the dried thyme leaves with the chopped pecans in a flat, shallow dish; drizzle with the warm honey and combine well; remove half of the prepared pecan mixture.
- Unpackage the goat cheese logs, then roll the first one in the pecan mixture that remains in the shallow dish, gently pressing the pecans into all sides of the goat cheese. Remove to a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining half of the pecan mixture and the second goat cheese log.
- Serve with your favorite crackers or toasted baguette slices. Or, refrigerate and serve as needed later. Allow the goat cheese logs to rest at room temperature for a few minutes before serving so the goat cheese can soften to be easier to spread. **Goat cheese logs refrigerate well for 2-3 days.
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