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Goat Cheese Log with Hot Honey, Fig and Pistachios

This goat cheese log is packed with a combination of tangy, salty, and sweet flavors. I love how the fig preserves, honey, and pistachios play against each other. It’s a fantastic starter for a fancy party or casual potluck!

Whether you’re the hostess or going to a party, it’s great to have a few go-to favorites. I have a few requirements on my list for starters. They must have a delicious flavor, please a crowd, and be stunning. This goat cheese log hits all the musts with it’s flavor, popularity, and a gorgeous combination of red, green, and white colors.

Close up shot of pistachio-crusted goat cheese with fig and hot honey on plate with crackers.

Whether I’m making a big meal or just bringing a side, this goat cheese appetizer is a snap to make, ready in 5 minutes. It’s naturally gluten-free to fit all your guests’ needs so long as you include GF crackers. 

Holiday parties for family and friends call for appetizers! I love making these Delicious Cheese Dips because everyone raves about them, and they have five simple ingredients. Or my newest obsession this Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip! WOW!

When I’m making a starter in advance, I go straight for these Artichoke Wontons with parmesan, Monterey Jack, and fresh chives. (And you can change this into another goat cheese appetizer.)  Now that you’ve discovered the tantalizing flavor of goat cheese, try this Blackberry Grilled Chicken Salad with it’s luscious balsamic vinaigrette or my recent favorite Whipped Goat Cheese with Bacon & Dates.

Ingredients for Goat Cheese Log

The full list of ingredients and instructions are in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. 

Goat Cheese Appetizer ingredients L-R Chopped Pistachios, Fig Spread, hot honey, goat cheese and pomegranate arils.
  • Fresh Goat Cheese |  The signature flavor is tangy and fresh, and it’s soft like ricotta. Yum!
  • Pistachios | Roasted, salted, and chopped, these nuts add a gorgeous flash of green to your starter.
  • Honey | I use hot honey, but regular honey will also yield delicious results.
  • Fig Preserves | My favorite brand is Divina for its balance of sweetness with fruit.
  • Pomegranate Arils | When pomegranates are in season, I use them as much as possible for their gorgeous, jewel-like color and stunning flavor, like on this Holiday Salad.
  • Crackers or Crostini | It’s best to have a variety of options to suit everyone’s tastes and for the carb conscious, I usually provide carrot chips, sliced apples sliced cucumbers. 

Why you will love this Goat Cheese Appetizer

  • Gourmet  |This pistachio-crusted goat cheese looks so elegant, but is really a very easy appetizer that everyone will love!
  • It has Pizazz | This gorgeous goat cheese with fig appetizer is beautiful on a charcuterie board; don’t forget to add plenty of other meats, cheeses, an array of crackers, ripe berries and a little dark chocolate
  • Customize | You can customize this easy appetizer to your taste and the size, simply reduce or increase the ingredients. 
Goat cheese appetizer with fig, honey and pistachios.

You do not need anything special to assemble this beautiful appetizer, but here are a few items that might make it more fun. 

Instructions

Roll the soft goat cheese into desired sized log, I made mine a bit narrow or longer. Spread the chopped pistachios and fruit on a plate and roll the goat cheese in the toppings.

Place the pistachio-crusted goat cheese log on a serving plate with plenty of room for crackers.

Stir the fig preserves until you can spoon it over the starter. If needed, you can put it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften.

Drizzle honey over the goat cheese log, then if desired, sprinkle with fresh pomegranate arils.

Serve with crackers, crostini, veggies or apple slices.

Variations

  • If you don’t have pomegranate arils, dried cranberries or cherries are a wonderful substitution. You can even swap the fig preserves for apricot jam if needed.
  • Candied bacon bits* are another scrumptious addition—because who can resist the distinct flavor of bacon? How to make them in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.
  • Pecans or walnuts can be used instead of pistachios. Even roasted, salted pumpkin seeds work for this flavorful goat cheese log.

Pro Tips for the Best Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese

  • TFC Tip #1 | Let your goat cheese rest on the counter at 67-70 degrees F (room temperature) for the best flavor and spreading. If it’s too cold, the flavor is dull.
  • TFC Tip #2 | You can freeze your goat cheese without compromising the flavor or texture!
  • TFC Tip #3 | Make this starter in advance and store it in the fridge. Just allow enough time for it to warm up for optimal flavor.
Goat cheese crusted in pistachios and drizzled with fig and hot honey on a cracker with hand holding.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cracker goes best with goat cheese?

Crackers with seeds or herbs are excellent choices. If you’ve never tried a rosemary cracker, now’s your chance!

Why is my goat cheese bitter?

This delicacy has a tangy flavor. If it’s bitter, it’s gone bad and you should throw it out.

What other dishes are good with goat cheese?

You can use it instead of cream cheese, on sandwiches, pizza, in tarts, and crumbled over salads.

Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese appetizer close-up with crackers.

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Goat cheese appetizer with fig and hot honey.
Yield: Serves 6-8

Goat Cheese Appetizer with Hot Honey, Fig and Pistachios

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This goat cheese log is packed with a combination of tangy, salty, and sweet flavors. I love how the fig preserves, honey, and pistachios play against each other. It’s a fantastic starter for a fancy party or casual potluck!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. On a piece of parchment paper or wax paper, roll softened goat cheese log a little narrower and longer.
  2. Using a small plate, spread the chopped pistachios and then roll the goat cheese on the pistachios, rolling to cover all sides. If using cranberries or cherries, chop and add to pistachios for rolling. 
  3. Transfer the goat cheese log to serving plate, be sure it’s large enough to accommodate the crackers. 
  4. Stir the fig spread until it can be spooned over the goat cheese log, if necessary, place 1-2 tablespoons in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 10 seconds, then drizzle over the goat cheese log. 
  5. Drizzle with desired amount of hot honey or regular honey. 
  6. Serve with crackers, bread, carrot chips, cucumber slices and/or apple slices for a low carb option. 
  7. Notes: be sure to allow the goat cheese to come to room temperature for best spreading. 
  8. I love serving with a combination of regular and gluten-free crackers, since this recipe is naturally gluten-free it’s a great appetizer for gluten sensitive friends. 

Notes

Candied Bacon Bits

  • 2 tablespoons real bacon bits
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Add bacon to hot skillet over medium heat and stir until it crisps up slightly, then add brown sugar and maple syrup and stir to coat bacon just a for a minute or so until sugar is dissolved. Remove from pan and place on plate to cool. Sprinkle over the top of the goat cheese log.

Replace pomegranate arils with chopped dried cranberries or cherries.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Michaela Kenkel

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

This was DEVOURED at my in-laws!! I am making it again Christmas Eve!!

Kathleen Pope

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Haha! Love hearing that, so glad you all enjoyed it and will make it again! It's on repeat at our house!

MS

Monday 20th of December 2021

I made this for a holiday potluck recently and it was such a big hit! It's super easy to make and I love how pretty and festive it is!

Kathleen Pope

Monday 20th of December 2021

Thank you, it is my latest obesssion!

Debi

Monday 20th of December 2021

This was so easy to make, and I have homemade fig jam in the fridge already. So good!

Kathleen Pope

Monday 20th of December 2021

That is so perfect!!

Tasia ~ two sugar bugs

Sunday 19th of December 2021

So much to love in this appetizer! The combination of creamy and tangy goat cheese with sweet figs and spicy honey....I might be swooning just a little over here. It's just perfect Kathleen. Enjoy all the time over Christmas week with your boys!💙

Kathleen Pope

Monday 20th of December 2021

Thank you Tasia, I KNOW you and your sugarbugs will have such a great week baking, creating and having fun together! Merry Christmas my friend!

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