Garlic Herb Cheese Log

10 MINUTE PREP 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!

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front shot of goat cheese log with garlic, zemon zest, basil, chives, parsley and rolled in pecans

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.

slicing cheese log with garlic, lemon zest, basil, chives, parsley and rolled in pecans with a knife

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 this 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 ⅓ less dry herbs than fresh herbs.
showing how to make cheese log by whisking together garlic, chives, basil, parsley, oregano in a glass bowl
  • 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.
showing how to make cheese log by adding goat cheese to a glass bowl with herbs
stirring together goat cheese with herbs in a glass bowls showing how to make cheese log
  • 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.
showing how to make cheese log by forming cheese log in plastic wrap
  • 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.
rolling cheese log in pecan mixture
rolling cheese log in pecan mixture showing how to make a cheese log

The cheese log can be refrigerated at this point until ready to serve or serve immediately.

wrapping cheese log in parchment paper
  • 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.
scooping part of cheese log with garlic, lemon zest, basil, chives, parsley and rolled in pecans with a knife

What can I use instead of goat cheese?

You may substitute the goat cheese with softened cream cheese like in a cheese ball.  I think the cheese log would be especially tasty if you also add some finely, freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

What can I use instead of nuts?

Nothing stays quite as crunchy as nuts on a cheese log or cheese ball, so I recommend not substituting unless you need to for nut allergy reasons.  If that’s the case, you can try panko toasted with a little butter like I do in my bruschetta cheese ball recipe or toasted sesame seeds, crushed crackers, crushed pretzels or crushed potato chips – or a combo.   I recommend adding these coating options last minute so the stay crunchy.  You can also add dried cranberries, cherries, etc.

side shot of goat cheese log with garlic, lemon zest, basil, chives, parsley and rolled in pecans

Make Ahead cheese log

You can prep the goat cheese log entirely in advance, wrap it tightly in plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 days.  The pecan coating will not be as crunchy but still delicious.  For a crunchier coating, you can prep the cheese log all in advance except for the pecan coating, then when ready to serve, let the cheese log sit for 15 minutes or so at room temperature to soften then roll in pecans.

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front shot of goat cheese log with garlic, zemon zest, basil, chives, parsley and rolled in pecans

Garlic Herb Cheese Log

10 Minute prep creamy, savory Garlic Herb Goat Cheese Log is the EASIEST yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make! It can be made in advance so it’s the perfect appetizer for all your special occasions and parties! 
Servings: 16 servings
Total Time: 10 mins
Prep Time: 10 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1 (11 oz.) soft fresh goat cheese log
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives (1 ½ teaspoon dried)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley (1 ½ teaspoons dried)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil leaves (1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano leaves (½ teaspoon dried)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (¼ teaspoon powder)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper or freshly cracked to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Instructions

  • Add herbs to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Remove 1 ½ teaspoons to use in pecan coating. To the remaining herbs stir in lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper. Add goat cheese and stir to evenly combine.
  • 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 1 ½ teaspoons herbs and stir to combine. Spread Coating into a single layer square a little larger than the length of the cheese log.
  • Add cheese log to the edge of the Coating and roll in Coating (see photos) until evenly coated, pressing coating into the cheese so it sticks. 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. Drizzle with olive oil just before serving. Serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers.
  • To toast bread, slice baguette into 1/2” slices and arrange on a large baking sheet. Drizzle slices generously with olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until golden and edges are crisp.

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Notes

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Tips and Tricks

  • Make ahead:  You can prep the goat cheese log entirely in advance, wrap it tightly in plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 days.  The pecan coating will not be as crunchy but still delicious.  For a crunchier coating, you can prep the cheese log all in advance except for the pecan coating, then when ready to serve, let the cheese log sit for 15 minutes or so at room temperature to soften then roll in pecans.
  • Herbs:  You can mix up the herbs with your favorites!
  • Goat cheese substitute: Yes, you can use cream cheese, just like a cheeseball.  I think cream cheese with some finely, freshly grated Parmesan would be tasty.
  • Nut substitute:  Nothing stays quite as crunchy as nuts, so I recommend not substituting unless you need to for nut allergy reasons.  If that’s the case, you can try panko toasted with a little butter like I do in this cheeseball: https://carlsbadcravings.com/bruschetta-cheese-ball/ or toasted sesame seeds, crushed crackers, crushed pretzels or crushed potato chips – or a combo.   I recommend adding these coating options last minute so the stay crunchy.  You can also add dried cranberries, cherries, etc.
 

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26 Comments

  1. MAT says

    Please clarify:

    1 11 oz. soft fresh goat cheese log……Probably means 1 time 11 oz. and not 1 and 11 oz.OR?
    1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives ……this means one and a half or 1 time a half?
    because later it is mentioned 1/4 means one quarter…?

    Thanx in advance, Mat

    • Jen says

      Yes 1 11 oz means one time 11 oz.
      1 1/2 tablespoons means one and half
      1/4 means one quarter
      Enjoy!

    • Kathryn says

      How many days can I keep this in my refrigerator before it goes bad?

      • Jen says

        Hi Kathryn, it should last about 1 week due to the fresh herbs.

  2. LMD says

    Can I sub the goats cheese for.something else maybe? I’m not a fan of goats cheese…! Any suggestions?

    • Jen says

      You could try it with cream cheese 🙂

  3. Stephanie Sharpnack says

    I made this twice over the holidays for parties I was hosting & it was a huge hit each time. I used fresh herbs & the lemon zest is a must, it brightens the flavor and made it so incredibly delicious. The second time I made it I added half a block of cream cheese (4 oz), for no other reason than to make it bigger since more guests and the goat cheese still shined thru. I will definitely make this a keeper recipe, I think it would be lovely in spring or summer maybe swapping the pecans for toasted pine nuts or walnuts. Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Stephanie! I love hearing this cheese log was a hit over the holidays and delicious with part cream cheese too! I’m loving your idea of toasted pine nuts or walnuts!

    • Patty says

      I am not a Huge fan if goat cheese and I think adding that little bit of cream cheese would be just the ticket for me! Thanks

  4. Cindy says

    Jen, could the cheese log, minus the outside coating, be frozen for a couple of weeks?

    • Jen says

      Hi Cindy, yes you can freeze this cheese log without the coating. Just take care to wrap it very well and thaw it undisturbed in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours, then bring to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!

  5. monica says

    my mom friends and i have become obsessed with herb goat cheese. i picked up the one from trader joe’s (unfortunately not nearby at all) and it was delicious on pretzel slims (also from TJs) and even smeared on strawberries. found a herb goat cheese at aldi (right by us) last week and it was ok. tried this recipe today with costco’s goat cheese and the dried herbs i had on hand (everything but chives). it was amazing before i rolled in pecans and drizzled with olive oil. i’m eating half now and i rolled up and froze the other half for when i see my mamas next. thank u!

    • Jen says

      Yasssss! I’m so happy you love this goat cheese log even before the pecans! I hope you and your Mom enjoy the rest!

  6. Lesli Tutt says

    I used 11oz. of goat cheese and 8 oz. of regular cream cheese because I thought it would make it a little milder. IT WAS PERFECT! I also added 1 tsp. of fresh thyme. And I agree, the lemon zest makes it! Thanks for this awesome recipe. I am taking it to our family Christmas party tomorrow. I know it will be a hit!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Lesli for taking the time to comment! I’m so pleased the cheese log was perfect with your cream cheese/goat cheese combo! Merry Christmas!

  7. Barbara says

    Will be making this for my family soon and again for a reunion in the Adirondacks, planing a huge cheese board ,This will make the whole thing wonderful! The lemon sounds like the key to making it special ,will practice at home first so I get it right ! Thankyou for a great idea

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome Barbara! Thanks for including my recipe in your special reunion!

  8. Jill Reed says

    This was a great find! I made it to put in Ina Garten’s Roasted Eggplant Parmesan, because I didn’t have ready-made herb/garlic goat cheese. Even without the parsley or lemon zest, and subbing grated onion for chives, (I don’t have all these things and we’re in the midst of a pandemic!) it was perfect! I look forward to trying it as written when I can gather all the ingredients! Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Jill! What a yummy idea to add it to eggplant Parmesan – yum!

  9. Thais says

    This looks delicious! What would be a good substitute for the nuts on the outside? I have a family member with peanut and tree nut allergies.

    • Jen says

      You can try panko toasted with a little butter like I do in this cheeseball: https://carlsbadcravings.com/bruschetta-cheese-ball/ or toasted sesame seeds, crushed crackers, crushed pretzels or crushed potato chips – or a combo. You can also add dried cranberries, cherries, etc. I hope that helps!

  10. Porcelana Morgenstern says

    The Garlic Herb crusted log was a big hit in our family. It was excellent and not difficult to put together. The hardest part was buying all the herbs if you go to the store without a list….and you are old!!!! This recipe goes on the permanent list in my house.
    Thanks

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much for the stellar review Porcelana, I’m so pleased this is a new repeat favorite!

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