2/27/13

Colorful Goat Cheese Appetizers

Colorful goat cheese appetizer

Last weekend I was strollin’ the aisles at Costco and stumbled upon a 2-pack of 10.5 oz goat cheese rolls for like $5 bucks. So I bought the darn thing. Why? Because it was a good deal, obviously. Sometimes my food blogger brain makes me do crazy things.

Naturally Sam gave me the look while I was unpacking the groceries. But I promised him I’d make good use of it. All of it.

Colorful goat cheese appetizer

Luckily, I had a pretty fun idea in mind. While we were in Europe for our honeymoon, we had some of the best goat cheese. It was covered in different “toppings” from fig jam to herbs. Oh the French and their cheese!

Taking cue from this experience, I took a stab at making my own flavored goat cheese โ€“ in bite size pieces. Because bite size is always fun.

Colorful Goat Cheese Appetizers

My toppings included some traditional flavors โ€“ chives, dried apricots and dried cranberries โ€“ and one that was a little experimental: maple syrup and bacon. And the experiment was a total success. Then again, it’s not often that bacon is ever wrong.

I’m definitely adding this to my list of go-to party recipes. It’s super easy to make and so colorful. The best part? You can get creative with your own flavors and topping combinations.

Colorful goat cheese appetizer
 
Colorful goat cheese appetizer

… And in case you were wondering, I’ve used the goat cheese in several recipes like this Roasted Butternut Squash salad, but there is still half a roll left. Perhaps Sam was right this time…

Colorful goat cheese appetizer
Colorful goat cheese appetizer
Colorful Goat Cheese Appetizer

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Ingredients
Goat cheese, 5-6 oz roll
2 cups of various toppings, diced (ex: dried cranberries, dried apricots, fresh chives, cooked bacon)
Toothpicks

Instructions
Roll goat cheese into balls with your hands (get messy!) using about 1/2 a tablespoon of cheese per piece. Roll in desired toppings. For maple bacon bites, dip goat cheese in maple syrup before rolling in bacon. Insert toothpick and enjoy.

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4 Responses to "Colorful Goat Cheese Appetizers"

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  1. Brandie

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    This is pure genious. I have a ton of goat cheese in the cheese drawer (I LOVE the stuff), and a party to go to this weekend. I’ll be bringing these. Thank you!

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    • Yay โ€“ glad to hear you are inspired, Brandie! Let me know how it goes (and what toppings you end up using!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Hi! I was wondering if these would freeze well? And if so, how long they would keep in the freezer? They look wonderful!

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    • Marisa

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      Great question! I’ve definitely kept goat cheese in the freezer – so I bet these would work perfectly (especially the ones with dried fruit!). Let me know how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚

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