Goat Cheese Appetizer + Building the Perfect Cheese Board
Need an easy and delicious hors d’oeuvre for your next gathering? This goat cheese appetizer made with Montchevre® Natural Goat Cheese Log is sure to impress your guests! This recipe for goat cheese crostini with honey, pecans and thyme could not be more simple to whip up, and all of the flavors go so well together. Sweet notes from the honey meld perfectly with the smooth and creamy goat cheese which is then topped with fresh thyme – all complimented by the crunch from the pecans. This is one appetizer everyone is sure to love!
This post has been sponsored by Montchevre®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Now that the holiday season is just around the corner, take your parties and gatherings to the next level with this DELICIOUS goat cheese appetizer. I love to serve it either on a cheese board or right alongside one! Made with Montchevre® Natural Goat Cheese Log, it only takes a few minutes to put the whole spread together and it’s full of wonderful textures and flavors. We’ve also added an entire list of customizations and add-ons to make your own cheese board creation! Your guests will love all of the tasty options, and you’ll love how quick and easy everything is to put together!
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How To Make This Tasty Goat Cheese Appetizer
Only 5 ingredients and about 5 minutes of hands-on time is all you need to add a little extra pizzaz to your cheese board with this delicious goat cheese appetizer!
To get things started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and slice a baguette. Place the slices on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are toasty. Taking the extra time to toast the bread slices is super important. This not only gives them a pleasant crunch but allows the goat cheese to spread on easier since the bread is warm. And PS: that’s the only time you’ll turn on the oven for this recipe. Yeeeeeah baby.
Toasted bread slices with various toppings are called crostini. Or “little toasts” in Italian.
While the bread is toasting, mix the goat cheese and honey together until relatively smooth. It’s okay if it’s a little crumbly. I highly recommend using a goat cheese like Montchevre® Natural Goat Cheese Log, made from fresh milk. It’s so good – creamy with the perfect tangy flavor. Montchevre® Goat Cheese Logs come in 12 different flavors for all of the your cheese board and appetizer creations!
Build the Perfect Cheese Board
1. Start with Montchevre® Goat Cheese Logs (there are 12 flavors to choose from)
The cheese on a cheese board is the star of the show, right? You’ll want to use high-quality cheeses, and I love that Montchevre® Goat Cheese Logs are Non-GMO certified by the National Science Foundation. Not only that but they are creamy and smooth with amazing flavor! This cheese has been one of our hands-down FAVORITES!
2. Add in fresh fall fruit
Grapes, apple slices, pears, and figs are all great options this time of year.
Both green and black olives are perfect for a fall-inspired cheese board!
4. Nuts & seeds
Add in nuts and seeds to fill in any extra spaces. Pumpkin seeds would be especially great right now!
Having crackers on the board is a must! Whole wheat or rice crackers are delicious and a crowd-pleaser. Be sure to have options for everyone, including anyone that might be on a gluten-free diet.
6. Dried fruit
Add in cranberries, apricots, figs, and other dried fruit options to take your cheese board to the next level!
Fall greenery and/or fresh herbs adds a unique and beautiful feel to the cheese board. A few great options for decor around the cheese board are eucalyptus, fall leaves, sage, rosemary, and olive branch.
Tips For Creating a Beautiful, Effortless Cheese Board
- Use the best quality cheese. Montchevre® Goat Cheese Logs are sure to make everyone happy!
- Balance the cheese board by keeping similar items on opposite ends. For example, one type of cracker at one end and another type of cracker at the other end.
- Fill in empty spaces with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and fresh herbs.
- But don’t overcrowd your cheese board!
I hope you’ll serve this goat cheese appetizer alongside your cheese boards this holiday season! The goat cheese and honey flavors blend together so nicely on little toasty crostini, that my mouth is watering just thinking about them. Adding in the nutty flavor of the pecans and the toasty crunch, makes these irresistible!
Other Delicious Appetizer Ideas To Try:
The Perfect Cheese Board from Lemon Tree Dwelling
An Easy Cheese Board in 10 Minutes from Damn Delicious
Cheese Board Making 101 from Barefeet In The Kitchen
I hope you have a chance to give this goat cheese appetizer a try and, also, build your own virtual cheeseboard for a chance to win instantly at www.montchevrebyocb.com. Be sure to take your cheese board to the next level this holiday season with Montchevre® Goat Cheese Logs.
- 1 French baguette, 18 inches, cut into 3/4-inch slices
- 2 (4 oz.) Montchevre® Natural Goat Cheese Log, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place bread slices on a baking sheet. Bake 10 -12 minutes or until lightly toasted.
Meanwhile, mix the goat cheese and honey together until relatively smooth. It’s okay if it's a little crumbly.
Spread the goat cheese mixture on the toasted bread (while it's still warm). Top with chopped pecans, fresh thyme leaves and a pinch of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, if desired.
Before serving, drizzle each crostini with honey. Keep leftovers covered tightly in the refrigerator for a couple days.