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YIELDS:

4 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 5 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 0 mins

TOTAL TIME:

0 hours 5 mins
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ingredients

4 Oz. Goat Cheese
1/4 Cup Pistachios, finely chopped
1/4 Cup Dried tart cherries, finely chopped
Fresh Rosemary springs
Crackers to serve (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1) Chop the pistachios and cherries and mix and put on a plate.
2) Cut the goat cheese log into four, one ounce pieces. Roll into a bowl and then roll in the pistachio-cherry mix pressing gently so they cling to the goat cheese.

3) Spear with a Rosemary sprig and place on a platter. Serve with or without crackers or serve as part of a cheese board. Enjoy!

NOTES:  Is is hard to call these pistachio-cherry goat cheese balls a recipe but it is certainly an easy and delicious appetizer to pull together fast.  It is perfect on a cheese board, or as a pass around hors d’oeuvres.  They can be made ahead and kept in the fridge until it is time to serve.

Needless to say, you can double or triple the recipe with no problem.  I’ve used chopped pecans and cranberries too and they work great and fit in with the festive atmosphere around the holidays.

I pretty much have all these ingredients on hand most of the time so this is great to pull together in minutes for surprise guests or for impromptu get- togethers.  If you like goat cheese, I have another fast and easy appetizer cheese course that is always a hit.  Try my Goat Cheese, Pistachio and Hot Raspberry recipe.  Other easy cheese course ideas include:

Baked Brie with Cinnamon Pears

Fried Baby Brie Bites with Tart Cherry Jam

Whipped Feta with Cucumbers

Mini Brie Bites with Prosciutto

Baked Brie with Walnuts, Brown Sugar, Honey & Momofuku

Serve one or more of these and you’ll never have a boring cheese course or cheese board again.

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