These delicious and elegant goat cheese appetizers are perfect for a holiday party or to snack on before a big holiday dinner. With so many unique and flavorful things to choose from no matter what you make everyone will be asking for more!
Whether you are hosting your own holiday gathering or just bringing a dish to pass these decadent goat cheese appetizers will impress everyone. So be sure to make enough because they'll be gone before you know it!
Table of Contents
- Goat Cheese in Irish Cooking
- Fried Goat Cheese Balls
- Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
- Raspberry Goat Cheese Bites
- Honey Goat Cheese Crostini
- Goat Cheese Log with Bacon Date Jam
- Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
- Goat Cheese Balls
- Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese
- Pesto Goat Cheese with Raspberry Sauce
- Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Goat Cheese
- Herb and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Bites
- Apricot Goat Cheese Bites
- Spiced Goat Cheese Log
- Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Mushrooms
- Asparagus and Goat Cheese Pizza
- Thank You To These Wonderful Cooks
Goat Cheese in Irish Cooking
Ireland boasts some of the best green pastures on the planet and goat farms are found all over the island.
Not only Irish cows produce some of the best milk in the world, but Irish goats are also renowned for the quality of their milk. Irish goat cheese is internationally recognized.
You can learn all about the different types of Irish Farmhouse cheeses from the Irish Food Board known as Bord Bia (pronounced bored bee-ah).
Goat cheese frequently features on Irish restaurant menus and is used extensively for creating delicious appetizers.
If you ever visit Ireland do give Irish goat cheese a try. I especially love the St. Tola brand of goat cheese. It's creamy, luscious, ever so tasty and a perfect appetizer ingredient.
Made in County Clare, it truly is a taste of Ireland.
And so, to celebrate the amzing flavors and textures of goat cheese, and especially Irish goat cheese, I thought I would share a wonderful round up of goat cheese appetizers.
In Ireland goat cheese is often paired with beetroot for a delicious salad, but these appetizers use goat cheese in innovative and scrumptious ways. I hope you enjoy them.
This collection features some amazing recipes from my fellow food bloggers, who have generously shared their recipes with the Irish American Mom Community.
Fried Goat Cheese Balls
These Fried Goat Cheese Balls are coated in Crispy onions and drizzled with honey. Must I say more? Sweet, salty, and a little spicy.
Best part is they are cooked in the air fryer, which makes for a super easy clean up. They only need a quick spray with olive oil before being air fried to form a crispy outer layer.
These little bites of heaven are extremely addicting. The cayenne pepper really adds a nice kick!
Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
These Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Pine Nuts are ever so tasty Warm goat cheese stuffing makes these mushrooms perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. They can be served as a side dish also. But truly these can be an anytime appetizer.
The good news is that you can make these mushroom bites the day before! Make in advance appetizers are always a great time saver on the day of an important get together.
Caramelized shallots add tons of flavor to this mushroom stuffing. The mild onion flavor of the shallots compliments the goat cheese perfectly.
You can garnish them with chopped fresh parsley, or chopped basil leaves, or chives.
Raspberry Goat Cheese Bites
Raspberry Goat Cheese Bites are perfectly matched sweet and savory appetizers. They're made using crescent rolls, pesto, goat cheese, raspberry jam, and fresh raspberries. Nothing too complicated there.
They're an impressive party appetizer and a great way to impress your guests.
A light dusting of powdered sugar on top of the raspberries give these little bites a festive look.
Honey Goat Cheese Crostini
Honey Goat Cheese Crostini are sprinkled with pomegranate seeds or arils and toasted honey walnuts. A base of creamy goat cheese is a perfect match for this sweet and savory blend.
This goat cheese spread is enhanced by the perfect balance of salty, sweet, and tangy flavors in these festive ingredients. '
Who doesn't love a tasty and easy party snack that's ready in just 15 minutes. This delicious appetizer is perfect for entertaining too.
Goat Cheese Log with Bacon Date Jam
This holiday appetizer features a goat cheese log topped with bacon date jam. Inspired by the more traditional recipe of bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, this recipe packs the same flavor combination, but is so much easier to make.
It comes together in just 20-minutes and is naturally gluten-free.
It's delicious spread over crackers. Try some oat crackers for a little extra nutty flavor.
You can substitute figs for dates if you would prefer a fig jam.
Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Guests will love this Bruschetta recipe with goat cheese. The crunchy toast is made with baked baguette slices and spread with goat cheese,
Next comes a layer of sweet sliced strawberries, drizzled with a balsamic reduction sauce. Chopped fresh basil makes a perfect garnish to finish off these tasty bites. Simply sprinkle thin shreds of basil or your favorite fresh herbs on top.
A gorgeous appetizer with tangy balsamic vinegar perfectly complimenting the sweetness of the strawberries.
Goat Cheese Balls
These goat cheese balls are tangy and fruity all in one or two little bites. You only need six ingredients, making these appetizers extra quick and easy to make.
If you're looking for a new gluten-free and grain-free appetizer for Christmas or New Year’s Eve, then look no further.
You can even be creative and make these tasty morsels nut-free, as well. These cheese balls are a nice addition to a cheese board.
Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese
These delicious Bacon Wrapped Dates are stuffed with goat cheese and almonds. Only four ingredients are needed to create these impressive bacon and goat cheese appetizers.
Inspired by the food of Spain, these stuffed dates are actually tapas. They make a truly impressive appetizer, and are easy to make. They’re chock full of flavor!
Pesto Goat Cheese with Raspberry Sauce
Pesto Goat Cheese packs a truly amazing savory taste profile. It's an easy dish to make, that tastes even more amazing when drizzled with decadent, and sweet raspberry sauce.
This impressive holiday appetizer is the perfect festive spread for crackers, crostini or crunchy toast slices.
Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Goat Cheese
Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Goat Cheese make perfect bite size appetizers. They're sweet and savory and brimming over with the taste of fall. But this can be an anytime appetizer too.
A drizzle of honey means they pack a true flavor punch.
Individual figs are stuffed with goat cheese, then they're wrapped in prosciutto slices. The topping consists of chopped fresh rosemary, honey, and a sprinkle of flaky finishing salt.
Herb and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Bites
These puff pastry bites are filled with warmed goat cheese and herb filling. Whether you're in search of elegant finger foods for New Year’s Eve or the holidays, or just looking for something light to serve, these puff pastry bites are incredibly easy and ever so delicious.
Choose some chopped green onions or chives as a wonderful fresh garnish. Fresh basil leaf would also work well.
They're a lovely accompaniment to a glass of beer, making them a perfect finger food choice for easy entertaining.
Apricot Goat Cheese Bites
Sometimes make-ahead appetizers are the only way to go. Try these Apricot and Goat Cheese Bites for a perfect menu choice when you wish to cook in advance..
These goat cheese balls make an elegant and delicious canapé which is suitable for any party. They're ideal for festive season get togethers. They taste fantastic, and are easy to make.
No party is even needed - they make a wonderful nutritious snack to keep on hand in the refrigerator. Apricots are a sweet compliment to the tangy goat cheese.
They pair well with crackers, if you wish to spread the goat cheese out.
You can choose a simple, plain cracker or go for a wheaten cracker with nutty flavors to compliment the apricot and goat cheese.
Spiced Goat Cheese Log
This Spiced Cheese Log is prepared by creating a goat cheese roll and then dusting it a coating of spices and crushed peppercorns.
It makes a lovely holiday party appetizer with a spicy kick. This goat cheese log is perfect for spreading on Melba toasts, or your favorite cracker.
Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Mushrooms
Creamy and full of flavour is how I describe this mushroom appetizer. These warm goat cheese stuffed mushrooms will melt in your mouth.
This recipe also serves double-duty since it can be shared as finger food at any party, or as a succulent side dish.
Make sure to pick mushrooms that are not too big. You're looking to create bite size appetizers.
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Pizza
This asparagus and goat cheese pizza once again does double duty. It can be served as a meal or cut up into pieces to make a perfect appetizer.
It's ever so easy to make and each and every slice is bursting with flavor and veggie goodness.
Choose a store bought thin pizza crust, then all that's needed are the toppings.
Thank You To These Wonderful Cooks
A big thank you to all the food bloggers who graciously submitted their recipes for this appetizer feature.
I hope you find a delicious recipe that will be perfect for your next party or gathering, whether it be for the holidays or for any other special occasion.
Thank for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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