Posted by: scootrah | December 25, 2014

Holiday Cheese Appetizer – QUICK & EASY

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with activity this time of year – Christmas and Hannukah celebrations, the friends and family who may be in town for the holidays, kids on winter break back from college, end-of-year doctor appointments before insurance runs out or to meet deductibles….what a list! For those of us who like to cook and entertain, the challenge is to create delicious food that also allows us to take part of the festivities. But I’m here to tell you my friends that it can be done.

That brings me to this delicious goat cheese appetizer with pistachio and cranberries. It’s perfect for last-minute, unexpected company stopping by (because you know that will be happening from now and through New Year’s, right?), or the start of a more planned get-together. This appetizer comes from my work colleague Linny, who brings it in often and it’s always devoured quickly. The colors are beautiful and it looks as delicious as it is to eat. A few simple ingredients and not much prep time – what’s not to love about that?!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  1. 6 oz log goat cheese
  2. 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  3. 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  4. 2 tablespoons honey
  5. crackers of your choice

Coarsely chop the pistachios….

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…then roll the goat cheese in the chopped pistachios…

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…place it on the plate or tray you’ll be serving it on, then sprinkle with 1/3 cup of dried cranberries, pushing some of the cranberries into the cheese….

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…and finally, drizzle 2 tablespoons of honey over the whole thing…

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Let the cheese come to room temperature and serve it with some crispy crackers – you’re done!

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So what quick and easy appetizers do YOU have ready for the holiday season? I’d love to hear from you!

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