Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 10 minutes.

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 10 minutes.

My arsenal of goat cheese recipes is basically never-ending. It started with a super simple Cranberry Goat Cheese Log (one of my *favorite* uses for leftover cranberry sauce) and quickly progressed into me stuffing goat cheese into #alltheveggies

I make use of greenhouse grown Campari tomatoes to make goat cheese stuffed tomatoes so I can enjoy them year round and love serving up balsamic drizzled goat cheese stuffed mushrooms as a fun holiday appetizer.

Up next are these tasty mini goat cheese balls, which are so totally versatile that you can make them a million different ways.

Below I rolled mine in quick-candied pecans, parsley, and cranberries but you could also make these with any nuts you have on hand. Walnuts, pistachio, almonds, and macadamia nuts would be equally awesome options to try. Cranberries could be replaced by apricots (a la this awesome recipe) or dried cherries and you could even delve into the flavored goat cheeses out there to amp things up even further.

I’m super partial to using honeyed goat cheese for my recipes and most grocery stores even have fig, balsamic, and, herbed goat cheese varieties. I’m a sucker for trying new things, especially when goat cheese is involved.

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 10 minutes.

Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls

Have a little leftover? Fabulous! These mini goat cheese balls make an excellent spread (even more awesome if you mix it with some leftover cranberry sauce) and is great on breakfast favorites like bagels and toast and as a sandwich spread for an epic leftover turkey sandwich after Thanksgiving. I love mine spread on a buttery croissant piled high with cucumber, sprouts, and romaine.

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 10 minutes.

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Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls

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Yield 8-10 servings

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz honey goat cheese (regular works too; honeyed is my fav!)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, optional
  • 1 TBSP fresh chopped parsley

SERVE WITH...

  • assorted crackers
  • apple slices
  • celery sticks
  • pretzels
  • crostini

Instructions

  1. Remove goat cheese from wrapper and cut into 8-10 discs. Set aside.
  2. Heat a small pan to medium heat and melt your butter.
  3. Once butter starts to bubble, add your pecans, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Using salted butter? Skip the salt or season to taste.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent sugar from burning, and pour over a large sheet of parchment paper in a thin layer. Allow to cool for several minutes until the candy coating hardens.
  5. Fold the parchment paper in half, trapping the cooled pecans, and crush with hard object of choice (anything from a kitchen mallet to a wine bottle works!) and then roughly chop with a knife until minced.
  6. Finely chop cranberries and add to the pecans.
  7. Combine pecans, cranberries, and parsley on a plate or cutting board. Mix well.
  8. Take a goat cheese disc and press into the pecan coating on each side, then roll into a ball. Coat again as needed by rolling the completed ball in the mixture once more and transferring to a cheese board or appetizer plate. Repeat for each disc until you have a party-perfect plate of goat cheese balls. Dive in with your choice of crackers/fruit/veggies.

Notes

These tasty bites make a great addition to a party cheeseboard or all on their own as a tasty snack!

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Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 10 minutes.

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Alysia | Slim Sanity

I just started trying out goat cheese since I’m having trouble with regular dairy. These sound amazing!!

2pots2cook

Oh boy ! Pinning for holidays. Thank you for sharing this !

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