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Crostini with Fresh Herbed Goat Cheese

herb goat cheese

One of my favorite appetizers of all time are these little herbed goat cheese balls, served with crunchy crostini. The balls take a small amount of effort to prepare, but they make a great presentation and are so worth the time spent in the kitchen. Plus, they’re impossible to mess up!

Here’s how to make them.

herbed goat cheese

You’ll need 4-5 fresh herbs: 2-3 leafy ones like Italian parsley, basil, mint (even arugula, baby kale or spinach work great) – plus two more potent herbs like thyme, oregano and rosemary (use these more sparingly).

herbed goat cheese

Chop the herbs up really well and place in a shallow bowl or on a plate, along with the zest of 1 lemon and some fresh ground pepper.

fresh herbs

herbed goat cheese

Leave an 8-12 oz long of goat cheese out at room temperature while you’re chopping the herbs. When it’s moderately soft, roll small chunks of goat cheese into bite-sized balls, then roll each ball around in the bowl of fresh herbs.

herbed goat cheese

herbed goat cheese

Assemble goat cheese balls in a pyramid or little pile, surrounded by crackers or toasted baguette slices (crostini) for serving.

herbed goat chese

The perfect holiday – or anytime – appetizer.


Recipe adapted from Giada de Laurentiis, via an old episode of Everyday Italian.

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1 Comment

  • Jodi@prairiekuchen
    December 18, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I make cheeseballs all the time – I can’t wait to make bite size ones. Having everyone scoop up what they want is a little unappetizing. What a great idea!

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