Honey pistachio goat cheese log is an easy appetizer ready in 5 minutes. Soft goat cheese with pistachio, raisin and honey crust is perfect for any occasion!
This goat cheese appetizer does not need any additional chilling which means that you can serve it right away.
I like making cheese logs when entertaining at home as they literally take no time to make and you can substitute the ingredients easily. They are pretty similar to cheese balls (e.g.: cranberry bacon cheese ball) just way quicker.
How to make goat cheese log with pistachio and honey
To make this goat cheese recipe you will need to use soft goat cheese. Not the one with a hard crust on the outside and soft on the inside. The crust would make it impossible for anything to stick to it.
For the crust, I chose pistachios and raisins. I used unsalted toasted pistachios but you can use natural ones. Just go for the unsalted ones, if possible.
All you have to do is finely chop them, then chop the raisins and mix them together. Transfer them onto a baking parchment or a large plate and roll the cheese log in the mixture.
If you use a well-chilled goat cheese log, you might need to press hard to make sure everything sticks to the cheese.
Once you are done, drizzle it with honey and serve.
Can I substitute some of the ingredients?
Yes, you can. You can use dried cranberries, sultanas or apricots instead of raisins. If you don’t like pistachios use other nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans.
You can completely omit the honey.
Do I need to chill this goat cheese log before serving?
No, you don’t have to. Once you have rolled it in the nut & raisin mixture you are done and ready to serve. That being said, you can make it ahead and store it in an air-tight container. If you want to do it this way, then drizzle it with honey right before serving.
This honey pistachio goat cheese log will make a pretty and tasty addition to your cheese board or antipasti platter. Serve it with crackers, pretzels, crostini or sliced French baguette. Carrots, celery, apple slices .…
If you don’t feel like making a cheese board but you still want to serve this goat cheese log at your next family gathering, I suggest making a few easy appetizers as well. Bacon wrapped dates are quick and easy to make and so are pear and goat cheese crostini toasts.
Useful tips for making honey pistachio goat cheese log
- If you or your guests don’t like goat cheese, try using cream cheese instead! Roll it into a log, wrap it in cling film and chill. Then you just follow the rest of the instructions from the recipe.
- You will end up with some leftover pistachio/raisin mixture so if you find a larger log than the one I am using, it should still be enough.
- ½ cup unsalted pistachios without shells (60 grams)
- ¼ cup raisins (30 grams)
- 1 small soft goat cheese log, chilled (3.5 ounces/100 grams). See note 4
- A drizzle of honey
- Finely chop the pistachios and raisins. Mix them together and transfer them onto a baking parchment or plate. Spread them around.
- Roll the soft cheese in the mixture. Press down so that the nut and raisin mix will stick to the cheese. Keep rolling until the cheese is completely covered with the mixture.
- Drizzle with honey and serve!
- Instead of raisins, cranberries can be used or sultanas.
- Pistachios can be substituted with other nuts such as walnuts or pecans.
- Honey can be completely omitted.
- You will end up with some pistachio-raisin leftovers so if your cheese is slightly larger than the one I used you should not need more of the mixture.
- Make sure the cheese log is chilled before using it.
- I recommend reading the full post for more detailed information and extra tips.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g