This Apricot-Pecan Goat Cheese Ball is a perfect celebration appetizer, whether you’re having company for the holidays, or celebrating the Recipe ReDux December theme – Grab a Book and Cook!
Happy holidays friends! We’re counting down to Christmas and holiday parties, AND it’s also time for a Recipe ReDux post. This month’s theme is Grab a Book and Cook – to celebrate the end of 2016. So…. on page 16 of one of my first favorite cookbooks, The New Basics Cookbook, by the authors of the Silver Palate cookbook, I found a delicious sounding recipe for Herbed Chevre Bites, and I’m ReDuxing it to add some fruit and nuts, and up the nutrients a bit more.
What are you making for the holidays? Do you do a nosh-board, so guests can snack throughout the day, or do you have a formal cocktail and appetizer hour before dinner? We’re trying something new this year. Our Christmas is small, it’s just the kids and us, and we have Chinese for Christmas Eve (is that weird?) and then have our big celebration dinner on Christmas day – sometimes turkey, often a beef tenderloin, and occasionally a fancy pasta or fish dish.
This year though, we decided to make a big, fancy meal on Christmas Eve, open the gifts, and then just feast on leftovers on Christmas day. We’ll start with a savory french toast (haven’t tried a recipe yet – it will be an experiment!), create a major cheese, fruit, veggie, and meat platter to snack on throughout the day, and finish off the day with leftover roast turkey and sides. Kinda looking forward to it!
This Apricot Pecan Goat Cheese ball with crackers and fruit is so ridiculously easy, and it will definitely be showing up on Christmas day. It’s sweet and just a little bit savory at the same time. Perfect on slices of pears or apples, or my favorite rosemary raisin crackers from Trader Joe’s. Yum.
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 cup toasted pecan halves
- 1 - 5 ounce log of plain goat cheese room temperature
- 1 tablespoon honey
- pinch of kosher salt
Place the dried apricots and pecan halves in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until they are finely chopped.
Mix 1/2 of the chopped apricot/pecan mixture into the softened goat cheese.
Add honey, and salt, and mix well. Set the other half of the chopped fruit and nuts aside.
Pat the goat cheese and fruit/nuts into a ball, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until firm.
Transfer the goat cheese to a sheet of parchment paper, and gently roll it into a ball.
Coat the cheese ball with the remaining chopped apricot/nut mixture.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Allow the cheese ball to come to soften at room temperature before serving.
Happy holidays friends! See you in the New Year!!
PS Don’t forget to say hi to the other Recipe ReDux members who are also sharing their recipes 🙂