Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves Appetizer

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Well, have you decked your halls with boughs of holly? You know, it is the season to be jolly. It is the time to make merriment with your friends and family, to spread holiday cheer and soak in all that the season has to offer. I’ll be hosting 7 of my girlfriends in 2 weeks for our annual Girl’s Night Christmas Party. I can’t exactly tell you how many years the 8 of us have gotten together over the holidays, but it’s been quite a few years. Several years back my girlfriend Nan brought an appetizer that contained goat  cheese and rosemary, two of my all time favorite foods. This Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves Appetizer is my spin on the one that Nan brought.You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves appetizer is the perfect recipe for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, oh so easy.

Only good things happen when you make a cheese ball of cream cheese, goat cheese and rosemary. And even better things happen when you spread ginger preserves over this cheese ball. You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves appetizer is the perfect recipe for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, oh so easy.

My recipe is adapted from the Fig Preserves and Rosemary Cheese ball from the Southern Living Ultimate Book of Appetizers.  I opted for ginger preserves instead of fig preserves and I did not include honey in mine because the ginger preserves provide enough sweetness.You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves appetizer is the perfect recipe for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, oh so easy.

This is a very simple appetizer, with only 4 simple ingredients; cream cheese, goat cheese, rosemary and ginger preserves.  You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves appetizer is the perfect recipe for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, oh so easy.

This appetizer pairs perfectly with these fruit and nut crisps. I found this recipe years ago off of the Simple Bites website.

Even though I try to avoid gluten, I will make an exception for these tasty crisps that are comprised almost exclusively of good, wholesome and tasty ingredients.  There is no added fat and only a little added sugar.  

Apricots, hazelnuts and rosemary provide the taste and texture to make these an outstanding cracker anytime; but especially with this Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves Appetizer. The next time I make these crackers I am going to try to make them gluten-free…I’ll let you know how it works.

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Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves Appetizer

Author Lynn

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 ounces of goat cheese room temperature
  • 1 TB finely chopped rosemary
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste I use several twists of my pepper mill
  • 4 ounces ginger preserves I use Mackays

Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese, goat cheese, black pepper and rosemary well. I did it by hand which was very easy because it was at room temperature. But you could always do it in your food processor.
  2. Line a small bowl or ramekin with saran wrap.(I used a 12 ounce ramekin)
  3. Put the cream cheese mixture in the bowl and wrap saran wrap around it. Push down so that it evenly fills the bottom of your ramekin.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  5. When you are ready to serve, pull the cheese out of the ramekin by pulling on the saran wrap.
  6. Invert in on your plate and smooth out any wrinkles that the saran wrap may have caused.
  7. Warm up the ginger preserves slightly and pour over the cheese.
  8. Serve with crackers, but this pairs especially well with Fruit and Nut Crisps, link in post.

Recipe Notes


Adapted from Southern Living Ultimate Book of Appetizers

 Lining your bowl or ramekin with saran wrap makes it easy to remove once it has chilled and you are ready to serve it.

You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! The perfect appetizer for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, what an easy recipe!

I ran a butter knife over the whole cheese ‘ball’ to smooth out any wrinkles from the saran wrap.

You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! The perfect appetizer for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, what an easy recipe!

Spoon your preserves over top…

You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! The perfect appetizer for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, what an easy recipe!

…and serve. You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves appetizer is the perfect recipe for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, oh so easy.

And you might want to try it before you serve it…just because.You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves appetizer is the perfect recipe for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, oh so easy.

If you are hosting a party or are providing an appetizer for a party, this Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves Appetizer is such a tasty and very easy recipe. It is a unique take on the traditional cheese ball. But by all means, do serve it with those Fruit and Nut Crisps…you will thank me…I promise.You had me at Goat Cheese! And Rosemary! And Ginger! Rosemary and Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves appetizer is the perfect recipe for holiday, or anytime, entertaining. And, oh so easy.

Do you have a ‘go-to’ appetizer? I’d love it if you’d share it! I am always on the lookout for new recipes.

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Comments

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    Pam Richardson
    December 13, 2016

    Lynn, I love the flavors in this cheese ball…looks and sounds amazing! Saving this recipe…thanks for sharing!

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      lynn
      December 14, 2016

      HI Pam, you and I share similar tastes, so I know you will love this cheese ball. I mean…goat cheese and rosemary!!! I hope you enjoy as much as we do.

      Have a great weekend.

      Hugs, LYnn

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    Mary Vogelsong
    December 14, 2016

    Yum! This looks simple, elegant and delicious! Am definitely going to make over the holidays. Thank you, Lynn

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      lynn
      December 14, 2016

      Hey there sweet Mary! Thanks so much for coming by and leaving your sweet comment. I hope you enjoy this cheese ball as much as I do and hope you enjoy your vacay! Looking forward to our next chat!

      Merry Christmas my friend.

      Hugs, LYnn

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    Mitanti Ghosh
    January 17, 2017

    Goat cheese is my favorite type of cheese, and living in France, I just love it in any form. Nice recipe and great pictures. But could you please specify the type of goat cheese you used here. I believe stronger ones that have been aged for a longer duration and with hard rinds will not go well with this combination. Please do correct me if I am wrong.

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      lynn
      January 17, 2017

      Hello Mitanti,

      And thank you so much for popping in with your query. I used a mild, rindless chevre for this appetizer. Thank you for pointing this out, I probably need to make this clear in my recipe.

      I hope you enjoy it!

      Lynn

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