Maple Pecan Goat Cheese with Cranberry Jam

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I have a deep love for goat cheese. We’re talking real deep. I mayyy even go so far as to say it is my favorite cheese. But I don’t know, that’s a tough call.

And when we combine that goat cheese with a simple cranberry jam and some fantastic chips? Well, you are looking at one very awesome sweet and savory holiday appetizer.

This maple pecan goat cheese with cranberry jam is a perfect fall appetizer recipe! With a quick homemade jam and a savory goat cheese ball rolled in plenty of pecans!

So get your cheese knives ready and let’s dig in! No, I’m not at all corny or anything.

Anyway, we’re continuing the all things thanksgiving trend today with this oh so pretty dish that is really quite simple to pull together. And even better? The whole thing can be made in advance. Essential, with a capital E, for holiday entertaining.

We start by making a simple cranberry jam on the stovetop. Fresh cranberries, water, maple syrup and fresh thyme (for a pop of herbiness!) are simmered together until nice and sauce-like.

While the jam is cooling and thickening up, we’ll mash together some goat cheese, a touch more maple syrup, some green onions and pecans. It all gets formed together into a smooth ball and then rolled around in even more pecans for a pretty garnish.

And then, we eat!

This maple pecan goat cheese with cranberry jam is a perfect fall appetizer recipe! With a quick homemade jam and a savory goat cheese ball rolled in plenty of pecans!

With lots and lots of Food Should Taste Good chips. <— Which I love. I will confess that I have been known to buy the jumbo-sized bags of the sweet potato flavor and hoard them all to myself.

I’ve been using their products for years now and I couldn’t agree more with their mission – crafting better snacks that are wholesome, delicious and made with both real and simple ingredients. Yes to the yes. Because real food always tastes better. Plus, all Food Should Taste Good chips and crackers are non-GMO, certified Kosher and certified gluten-free, with many of their chip varieties also certified vegan.

And while they have a whole range of flavors, I must say that this maple pecan goat cheese pairs exceptionally well with either the limited edition harvest pumpkin or the classic sweet potato flavor. Don’t ask me to choose between the two though! I couldn’t decide!

So just serve with both. Or serve with one and then use the other for snacking while hanging out on the couch binge watching tv shows … and refusing to give any of the chips to your husband, who can get his grubby hands off your bag please and thank you.

This maple pecan goat cheese with cranberry jam is a perfect fall appetizer recipe! With a quick homemade jam and a savory goat cheese ball rolled in plenty of pecans!

Ahem, not that I know anything about that last suggestion. Nope, not at all.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Maple Pecan Goat Cheese with Cranberry Jam

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:13 minutes

Total Time:23 minutes

This maple pecan goat cheese with cranberry jam is a perfect fall appetizer recipe! With a quick homemade jam & a pecan-crusted goat cheese ball!

Ingredients:

For the cranberries:

  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

For the goat cheese:

  • ½ cup raw pecans, finely chopped and divided
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

For serving:

  • Food Should Taste Good Harvest Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

Directions:

For the cranberries:

  1. Add the cranberries, water, maple syrup and thyme to a small saucepan and mix to combine. Set the pan over medium high / high heat and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until the cranberries have mostly popped / broken down and the mixture resembles a loose jam (it will thicken as it cools).
  2. Remove from the heat and use the back of a wooden spoon to smash any cranberries that have not popped. Allow to cool to room temperature.

For the goat cheese:

  1. While the cranberries are cooling, add 2 tablespoons of the chopped pecans to a medium bowl, along with the goat cheese, maple syrup, green onions and salt. Mix until well combined (I like to use a large serving fork here to help smash / mix it together).
  2. Form the goat cheese mixture into a smooth round ball, then roll the ball in the remaining pecans to coat with a thin layer. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To serve:

  1. Spoon the cranberry jam onto a serving plate in an even layer. Place the goat cheese ball in the center. Serve with a cheese / butter knife and plenty of chips.

Both the jam and goat cheese ball can be made in advance. Store the jam in an airtight container in the refrigerator and keep the goat cheese ball well wrapped in plastic wrap (and chilled as well). Let the jam come back to room temperature before serving.

Cook Nourish Bliss

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This maple pecan goat cheese with cranberry jam is a perfect fall appetizer recipe! With a quick homemade jam and a savory goat cheese ball rolled in plenty of pecans!