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Buttered Pecan Goat Cheese Log
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
An easy, impressive and crazy-delicious appetizer with butter-toasted pecans, fresh herbs and dried fruit, this Buttered Pecan Goat Cheese Log will wow everyone!
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Goat Cheese Log, Pecan Goat Cheese Log
Servings: 24 1 tablespoon servings
Calories: 49 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon butter (I use salted)
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounce log of goat cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • honey for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Bring a half cup of water to a boil in the microwave (or on the stovetop). Add the cranberries and let them sit for 2 minutes. Drain well and set aside to cool.

  2. Heat a small sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the butter and swirl the pan until melted. Add the pecans and salt. Increase the heat slightly and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until the pecans are golden and fragrant. Remove from the heat and transfer the pecans to a medium-size bowl to cool.

  3. Transfer the plumped cranberries to a cutting board and chop medium-fine with a sharp knife. Add the cranberries and chopped herbs to the bowl with the pecans. Stir to combine.

  4. Place the softened goat cheese in a medium-size bowl and stir until creamy. Add half of the pecan mixture and stir to combine.

  5. Place a sheet of plastic wrap (about 14-16-inches long) on a work surface. Transfer the goat cheese mixture to the center of the plastic wrap. Bring the plastic wrap up over the cheese and mold the mixture into a log shape (similar to the original goat cheese log). Refrigerate for 30-40 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes.

  6. Place another sheet of plastic wrap or a sheet of parchment or wax paper on a work surface. Spread the remaining pecan mixture out to an even layer. Unwrap the goat cheese log and roll in the nut mixture, pressing gently to coat. Be sure to coat the ends too. Once the log is coated with the nut mixture, you can shape it again as desired. Refrigerate if making in advance.

  7. To serve, remove the log from the refrigerator 15-20 minutes in advance then drizzle with honey before serving. Sprinkle with more fresh herbs, if desired. Serve with crackers, crostini or celery sticks.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Recipe inspired by Carlsbad Cravings.

Nutrition Facts
Buttered Pecan Goat Cheese Log
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 131IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.