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Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Log

This pecan crusted goat cheese perfectly balances creamy, tangy, crunchy, and nutty. This easy recipe only needs two ingredients! It makes a great salad topping, or appetizer. Add it to a charcuterie board or serve it with veggies and crackers.

Pecan crusted goat cheese on a marble board with crackers.

Y’all know that rolling anything in chopped nuts makes it feel so fancy.

My dad used to go on hunting trips in Georgia and bring home huge bags of raw, unshelled pecans. Coincidentally, Santa also filled everyone’s stockings at least half full of pecans. 😉

The first time I encountered goat cheese, I was 15 and working at this little mountain lodge. Pecan-crusted goat cheese medallions were on their house salad. At first, I didn’t know what to think of it. Little mountain me didn’t know about goat cheese. Eventually, I tried one. It only took one bite to completely hook me. 

This pairing of tangy, creamy goat cheese and crunchy, nutty pecans is simple and perfect.  

How to Make Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese

You will want to use a heavy-bottomed pan to toast the pecans. I love using a 12-inch cast iron skillet for jobs like this.

Pecans toasting in a cast iron skillet.

Pay close attention while you are toasting the pecans. This step only takes a couple of minutes. Stir them frequently. Once they are fragrant, they are done. Remove them from the pan and let them cool on a cutting board. 

Do not worry too much about consistency when chopping the pecans. The pieces need to be small, but having different sizes will help you get an even coating on the cheese. 

Chopped toasted pecans on a wooden cutting board.

When you are ready to coat the cheese, lay the log of chevre directly on the chopped pecans and gently roll it in them.  

Then, you can use your hands to add more pecans to fill in any gaps. 

Process of coating cheese log with pecans.

How to serve Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese

  • I love to slice it up and serve it on salads like when I first saw those little medallions. You can use it in place of the goat cheese crumbles on a strawberry and goat cheese salad.
  • It’s also a perfect appetizer. Add it to a charcuterie board or serve it with crackers. 
  • For a low carb option, serve it with veggie sticks or keto crackers.
  • If you have any leftovers, try crumbling it over grilled asparagus with balsamic glaze.
Close up of pecan goat cheese.

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Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese

pecan crusted goat cheese on marble board with crackers

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This pecan crusted goat cheese log perfectly balances creamy, tangy, crunchy, and nutty. It only uses two ingredients and makes a great addition to salads and charcuterie boards.

  • Author: Mandi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8ounce log of plain chevre goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Toast pecan halves in a dry, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, stirring until fragrant. Roughly 2-3 minutes.
  2. Then, pour pecan pieces onto a cutting board and wait for them to cool to room temperature.  
  3. Once the pecans have cooled, roughly chop them into small pieces.
  4. Next, gently roll the goat cheese log on the pecans to coat it. You can use your hands to add pecan pieces to fill in gaps after rolling. 
  5. Serve it immediately or wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to a day.

Notes

  • Slice and add to salads
  • Add it to a charcuterie board
  • Serve with crackers or veggie slices

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 122
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 130.4 mg
  • Fat: 10.9 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 0.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 13.1 mg

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