I am fanatical about goat cheese. It is my favorite cheese. So anytime that I can create an appetizer that includes it, I am in. This pecan-crusted goat cheese log is a party pleaser every single time. The best part is that I don't need to cook anything, AND it only has four ingredients.
What ingredients are in this recipe?
- Goat Cheese
What kind of honey should you use?
My advice is to use whatever honey that you have. You aren't putting a ton on the goat cheese, so don't worry about being to fancy here. Sure raw honey is fantastic, but feel comfortable using whatever kind of honey that you have on hand. I used lavender honey that I recently got from a local lavender farm.
About the goat cheese
Considering that this appetizer includes pecans and honey, I strongly recommend that you only use plain goat cheese. At the grocery store these days, we can find several different kinds of goat cheese logs, such as ones coated in berries or herbs. Those are wonderful, and I love them, but the flavors would conflict in this recipe.
Tips for making this recipe
- Make sure to put the complete goat log in the fridge before serving. It will cut better if it is chilled.
- Make sure that the pecans chopped fine.
- Make sure that the ends are coated with honey.
- Do not burn the pecans. Keep a close eye on them. You just want them to be lightly toasted.
- If you don't have a cheese slicer consider using dental floss to slice the goat cheese log thinly.
How to make the goat cheese appetizer
This pecan-crusted goat cheese appetizer is super easy to make. Let's walk through each step together.
Step 1: Roasting the pecans
It is incredible how much flavor roasting the pecans add. The aroma alone is worth it, but it brings out that beautiful nuttiness of pecan in a brilliant way.
- Baking pan
- Parchment paper
- Line baking pan with parchment paper.
- Spread pecans out so that they aren't touching.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Allow cooling.
Step 2: Chop the pecans
I used a food processor to chop the pecans because I like how even of a chop it provides. However, if you don't have one, just use a knife. You want these pecans to wind up as finely chopped as possible.
If you are using a food processor chop in a short burst, it doesn't take long for the pecans to go from chopped to dust. You don't want pecan dust. You want tiny pecan pieces.
- Food processor
- Add pecans to the food processor.
- Chop in short burst.
- Set aside for future step.
Step 3: Coat the goat cheese in honey
This step is messy, and they're just isn't any way around it. Don't be shy about using your hands in this step. The goal is to evenly and lightly coat the entire goat cheese log with a thin layer of honey. Don't forget to cover the ends.
- Goat cheese log
- Remove goat cheese log from the package.
- Pour honey on goat cheese log.
- Coat entire log with honey (Don't forget the ends).
- 1 4 oz log of goat cheese
- 1 T honey
- 2/3 c pecans
- Assorted crackers
Chill the goat cheese log in the fridge for 10 minutes
Prepare the pecans:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Measure out 2/3 cup of pecan pieces.
- Cover a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
- Spread the pecan pieces on the pan. Make sure that the pieces aren’t touching.
- Bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Use a spatula and flip the pecans (Be careful because they will be hot.)
- Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
- Chop the pecans into fine pieces.
Coat the goat cheese log in honey:
- Remove the goat cheese log from the pack.
- Drizzle honey on the log.
- Use your fingers and evenly spread the goat cheese on the entire log, including the ends.
Coat with pecans:
- Pour the chopped pecans onto a small plate or cutting board.
- Spread them out evenly.
- Roll the coated goat cheese logs in the nuts until it is evenly coated.
- Transfer the coated log to a serving plate.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.
- Serve with crackers.
Use a wired cheese slicer or a piece of dental floss to slice the log thinly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 865Total Fat: 75gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 50gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 550mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 7gSugar: 20gProtein: 28g
The smell of the roasted pecans permeated the house long after I was finished creating this appetizer. It was a lovely bonus to creating this goat cheese log. Now we used honey and pecans but get inspired and create your own variations of this recipe. You could coat the goat cheese log in garlic butter and herbs. The options are endless. Be inspired and create something with your favorite flavor combo!