Cheese is a key element on any charcuterie board.
People commonly use a combination of cheeses like cheddar, brie, bleu cheese, etc. but what I rarely see is goat cheese. Goat cheese has that great funk and tang about it that can really take a charcuterie board to the next level. It’s also a great cheese to pair with wine.
Since we’re getting into the holiday spirit with it being November and all, I wanted to share with you ways you can construct a really cool charcuterie board, using goat cheese, that will be the star of your holiday party.
Below I’ve provided you with two painfully simple ways to incorporate goat cheese into your next charcuterie board. Both of these recipes cut the tang of the cheese by either adding salt (the olive recipe) or sweet (the cranberry recipe). Your guest will be amazed and addicted to these goat cheesey recipes.
These recipes are really customizable too. I personally don’t add any nuts to my cranberry cheese log because I’m deadly allergic to them. Pretty good reason to not include them, right? However, they add an awesome crunch and texture so that’s why I included them in the recipe.
- 2 ounces of Joan of Arc goat cheese, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- 24 pitted large green olives
- Mix goat cheese, Parmesan, herbs, garlic, and lemon juice in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip (or use a resealable plastic bag and snip one corner of bag open with scissors). Pipe mixture into olives.
- Scatter olives throughout your charcuterie board or place in a small dish on the board.
- Olives can be marinated 4 days ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.
- PS - try wrapping one of these olives in a piece of prosciutto and then eating it. TO DIE FOR.
- 2 cups of Joan of Arc goat cheese
- 1/4-1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup pecans, chopped (optional)
- 1 TBSP dried or fresh parsley
- Remove goat cheese from wrapper and allow to soften to room temperature.
- Next chop your nuts and cranberries and mix together along with parsley.
- Roll your goat cheese in the mixture, pressing gently to coat.
- Put your goat cheese log on your charcuterie board and let it shine like the diamond it is.
- You can make this ahead and wrap the goat cheese log in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. This will push the cranberries further into the cheese, like in the photo.