Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipes

Go beyond the cheese board with these impressive and easy goat cheese appetizers.

  • Sweet-'n'-Salty Honey Cheese Spread
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Sweet-'n'-Salty Honey Cheese Spread

    Transform a simple log of goat cheese into an impressive party appetizer by rolling the log of cheese in sunflower seeds and drizzling with honey. Serve with fresh berries and crackers.
  • Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Herbed Goat Cheese Bites

    Roll a log of goat cheese in fresh herbs, and then spread the goat cheese mixture into toasted baguette cups. Top with sun-dried tomato and basil for a colorful, hand-held appetizer. You can make the herbed goat cheese up to a day ahead.
  • Goat Cheese Log with Muscadine Jelly
    Photo: Cedric Angeles; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Goat Cheese Log with Muscadine Jelly

    For a super-easy appetizer, coat a log of goat cheese with chopped pecans and serve with muscadine jelly and crackers. This recipe includes directions for making the muscadine jelly, but you could use a jar of store-bought fruit preserves. If you’re giving jars of homemade muscadine jelly for holiday gifts, this would be a great recipe to attach to the jar.
  • Goat Cheese Torta

    Goat Cheese Torta

    Make an impressive but easy appetizer by layering a mixture of goat cheese and cream cheese with pesto and pressing into a small bowl. To serve, simply invert the bowl onto a platter and serve with crackers. The recipe includes directions for making homemade pesto, but it works just as well with store-bought refrigerated pesto.
  • Honey-Peppered Goat Cheese with Fig Balsamic Drizzle
    Oxmoor House

    Honey-Peppered Goat Cheese with Fig Balsamic

    Slice a log of goat cheese into rounds and drizzle with olive oil, honey and fig balsamic vinegar for an elegant, 6-ingredient appetizer. Serve with cracker bread or baguette slices.
  • Baked Goat Cheese Dip
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Baked Goat Cheese Dip

    Bake a mixture of goat cheese and cream cheese and top with a spicy tomato mixture for a warm dip that’s great for entertaining. You can assemble this dip ahead and freeze for up to 1 month.
  • Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log
    Photo: Ralph Anderson

    Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log

    Keep a few logs of goat cheese in the refrigerator during the holidays and you'll always be ready with a quick appetizer. All you have to do is sprinkle the cheese with pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Goat Cheese Spread

    Goat Cheese Spread

    Layer pesto, sun-dried tomato, and a mixture of goat cheese and cream cheese for an impressive appetizer with Mediterranean flavors. Serve with French bread slices or crackers.

  • Goat Cheese-Pecan Finger Sandwiches
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

    Goat Cheese-Pecan Finger Sandwiches

    Instead of pimiento cheese for your party sandwiches, try this filling of creamy goat cheese and crunchy pecans. These sandwiches are great with wine for a fun night with the girls.

  • Goat Cheese-Stuffed Dates

    Goat Cheese-Stuffed Dates

    Goat cheese and dates have been long-time friends in the culinary world. This appetizer requires very little work, and the sweet-and-savory flavor combination is guaranteed to satisfy a crowd.

  • Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Walnuts
    Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

    This elegant first course showcases a marvelous partnership between slightly bitter endive, creamy goat cheese, and sweet orange juice. From pretty presentation to fantastic flavor, you can't go wrong with this simple appetizer.

  • Beet and Goat Cheese Crostini
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Beet and Goat Cheese Crostini

    Beets and goat cheese are the hot new couple. They're well-matched because of the beets' earthy sweetness and the cheese's mild tanginess. Short on time? Use canned pickled beets instead of fresh. Prepare the components of this tasty appetizer ahead, and assemble it at the last minute.
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