10 MINUTE PREP GARLIC HERB CHEESE LOG LOOKS BEAUTIFULLY GOURMET BUT IS ONE OF THE EASIEST APPETIZER YOU WILL EVER MAKE!
This wonderfully creamy, bright and savory cheese log is infused with fresh herbs and lemon zest then rolled in crunchy pecans for an utterly addictive spread that everyone will love. Serve this cheese log with crackers or toasted baguette slices for an impressive make ahead, stress=free appetizer home run!
I loooove goat cheese and could devour it plain but fell in love with goat cheese logs after posting my Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log for Christmas. Because just when you didn’t think goat cheese could get any better…
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to share a spring version because this beautiful yet simple appetizer is soooooo easy even the non-cooks in the family can easily whip up! This springtime cheese log is infused with chives, parsley, basil, and oregano then spiked with tangy lemon zest, punchy garlic and enveloped in crunchy pecans to create one of my favorite cheese spreads on the planet – and soon to be yours.
You can serve this cheese log alone with crackers or it makes a fabulous addition to a cheese board complete with grapes, nuts, meats, pickles, cucumbers, etc. The leftovers make a fabulous bread and bagel spread or tantalizing mixed in warm pasta! Anyway you serve it, your tastebuds will be in flavor, texture heaven with this Garlic Herb Cheese Log!
How to Make Garlic Herb Cheese Log
- First, add your fresh herbs to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Remove ½ tablespoon to use in pecan coating – this ensures we have herb goodness inside and out. . Next, we stir in the the lemon zest and garlic to the fresh herbs.
I love fresh herbs in this cheese log for special occasions but I realize it can be a pain to get just 1 ½ teaspoons worth of a fresh herb if you don’t grow them so I’ve also included the dry herb substitutions in the recipe. The general rule of thumb is you need 1/3 less dry herbs than fresh herbs.
- Next, add goat cheese and stir to evenly combine. I buy my goat cheese at Costco but it can also be found with the specialty cheeses at your grocery store. If you can only find goat cheese that comes in a different size other than specified in the recipe, don’t stress about it, just adjust the other ingredients accordingly.
- Add this cheese mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap, and form into the shape of a log. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze 20-30 minutes. We want the cheese log slightly firm so it holds its shape but is still soft enough for the Coating to be pressed into it.
- Line counter with a large piece parchment paper. Add pecans and reserved herbs and stir to combine. Spread Coating into a single layer square a little larger than the length of the cheese log then add cheese log to the edge of the Coating and roll in Coating.
The cheese log can be refrigerated at this point until ready to serve or serve immediately.
- When ready to serve, remove cheese log from refrigerator 15 minutes beforehand so it can soften then drizzle with olive oil just before serving for one more punch of YUM.
And now you have impressive, rich, creamy, tangy, Garlic Herb Goat Cheese Log bursting with crunch creaminess in every can’t-stop-eating bite.
Looking for more cheesy appetizer recipes?
- Brushetta Cheese Ball
- Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
- Brie Spinach Dip
- Stuffed Baked Brie in Puff Pastry
- Cheesy Artichoke Dip Bites
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