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Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Goat Cheese Spread
Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Goat Cheese Spread

Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Goat Cheese Spread

Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Goat Cheese Spread

Easy Party Appetizer, using Jam that you already have in your refrigerator

 

My first attempt at canning - Recipe for sweet and spicy goat cheese -Garnish with a patina

Recipe for sweet and spicy goat cheese spread

This is a fun and very easy party appetizer dish that I spun up a couple weeks ago when I had some friends over. The week prior I made Spicy Ojai Pixie Jelly from scratch and use this as the inspiration for my recipe for sweet and spicy goat cheese spread.

Adding sweet, spicy or tangy jelly to goat cheese will act to round out the flavors of goat cheese. This is important as some people find the flavor of goat cheese to be too strong.  The combination of nuts, sweet/spicy jelly and goat cheese create a multi-layer flavor experience that will impress your guests.

Note: If you do not have spicy jelly, just use your favorite jelly and add in finely minced jalapenos. Better yet make your own spicy jelly. 

Sweet and Spicy Goat Cheese Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 Log goat cheese.
  • 3 Tablespoons spicy Ojai Pixie Jelly (or any other jelly you wish to use)
  • 1/2 cup crushed candied nuts – (separated in 1/2) – Use the candied nuts that are sold for salads. You can also make your own.
  • Garnish: Baby Basil and roasted red pepper

Method

1) Mix goat cheese, Jelly and 1/2 of the candied nuts in the serving bowl until soft and well integrated

 

My first attempt at canning - Recipe for sweet and spicy goat cheese - mix the jelly and goat cheese

Integrate the jelly and nuts into the goat cheese

 

2) Gently spread jam over the top of the cheese spread

3) Top the spread with the remaining nuts

 

My first attempt at canning - Recipe for sweet and spicy goat cheese - top with another flavor of jam

Recipe for sweet and spicy goat cheese spread – Layer a different flavor of Jelly or Jam on top of the spread. Then top with remaining nuts.

 

4) Garnish spread with with roasted red pepper and baby basil leaf

 

My first attempt at canning - Recipe for sweet and spicy goat cheese -Garnish with a patina

Recipe for sweet and spicy goat cheese spread – Garish and service with crackers, crunchy bread or triscuits.

Serve the goat cheese spread with crackers, crunchy bread, wheat thins, triscuits or whatever you found in your holiday gift basket.  Some of your guests will not know it is goat cheese until you tell them.

Note: you can actually toast this spread in the toaster oven. Prepare this dish in an oven safe serving bowl an place in the toaster oven at 400 degrees on the broil setting for 5-10 minutes. Be sure to carefully monitor the spread, you are looking for the nuts to toast. Caution: use oven mits to remove your sweet and spicy goat cheese spread from the toaster oven.

More about Ojai Pixie Tangerines 

More about Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipes from Epicurious

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

9 comments

  1. I love goats cheese and this recipe sounds amazing – I’m going to give this one a try tomorrow for dinner.

  2. Looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe, I might give it a try! :)

  3. I believe it was this past Christmas that I first had goat cheese!! I like it but my hubby is the cheese lover in our house! Going to have to try this recipe for him!

  4. We are always looking for easy and great appetizers, so thank you for sharing.

  5. This sounds so good! I can’t wait to try. Maybe next time a recipe card will be printable:)

  6. Cool! I’ve never tried a goat cheese spread before. Will be trying this recipe out! Thanks for providing it! :-)

  7. that is a great recipe and to think it is basically stuff in your fridge

  8. I love goat cheese and this recipe sounds DELISH! I have tried fig spread with goat cheese and it was fabulous. I will try yours next, thanks!

  9. I bet toasting this spread adds I nice tasty experience!

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