A quick and delicious appetizer recipe for New Year's Eve or New Year's DayIf you are planning a party, I have an easy and delicious suggestion. I have been making Honey-peppered Goat Cheese with Fig Balsamic Drizzle for several years. I believe the recipe was originally published in Christmas with Southern Living - 2007. I found it on myrecipes.com.
I have tweaked this recipe in multiple ways, and often even alter my own alterations, making it with whatever ingredients I have on hand! It is a very forgiving recipe, so feel free to use it just as a guide.
The original recipe says to cut the goat cheese into rounds. I find it much easier to just crumble it and serve it as a spread, and I think it looks just as pretty. Here is a photo and the recipe for my version of this dish:
|I served this on Christmas Eve. See my post about my dishwasher for more photos!|
Goat Cheese Appetizer with Honey, Pepper and Balsamic Vinegar
1 (11-oz.) fresh goat cheese log
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme or oregano leaves (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar (I have used plain, fig, and cranberry-pear flavored varieties)
fresh thyme or oregano
1 -2 tsp. orange zest
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup toasted pecans, pine nuts or pepitas (roasted sunflower seeds)
Crackers or crusty bread
1. Crumble goat cheese onto a serving plate.
2. Combine oil, honey and pepper; drizzle over cheese.
3. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. thyme leaves. Cover and chill up to 2 days.
4. Remove cheese from refrigerator 1 hour before serving.
5. Just before serving, drizzle a little vinegar over cheese. Garnish with orange rind and nuts or seeds, if desired.
6. Serve with crackers or bread.
Note: I find this keeps quite well for a day or two, even after the vinegar has been added, especially if a white balsamic vinegar is used.
I know that a lot of people don't like goat cheese, but adding honey and olive oil changes the consistency and gives it such a delicious sweetness that nearly everyone enjoys this dish!
Do you have a favorite appetizer recipe?
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