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sliced up strawberries with goat cheese showing the inside texture and a honey drizzle over the top

Goat Cheese Appetizer

This recipe for Goat Cheese apetizer with Strawberries is perfect for any festive occasion in spring and summer that requires a refreshing appetizer or some easy finger food.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, goat cheese, goat cheese appetizer, strawberry goat cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 199 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 1 lb log of plain soft goat cheese
  • pinch of salt and pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pint strawberries , washed, dried and stems removed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil leaves chopped


  1. In a small bowl, mash the goat cheese with a fork to soften it up and season it with salt, pepper, thyme and honey. Mix it well and set aside.
    A bowl of goat cheese with honey and thyme
  2. Mix the pistachios and fresh basil in a separate wider bowl and set aside.
  3. Take a slightly smaller than golf size ball of the goat cheese mixture and flatten it on the palm of your hand into about 1/8 inch thick circle creating a dent.

    a hand making a dent in the goat cheese
  4. Place one strawberry in the center of the cheese and use both hands to carefully fold the cheese around the strawberry and begin rolling it around. This doesn’t have to be perfect or even, as long as all the strawberry is covered up with a thin layer of goat cheese.
    A hand rolling the goat cheese over the strawberries
  5. Remove any excess cheese in areas of the strawberry and roll it again if necessary.
  6. Place the strawberry in the pistachio plate and roll it around to coat evenly and place on a plate in a single layer.
    The goat cheese strawberry in the bowl of pistachios and a spoon rolling it
  7. Chill the goat cheese pistachio coated strawberries in the fridge for at least one hour and serve.
    A hand holding the strawberries coated in pistachios

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Recipe Notes

  • These Goat Cheese appetizer with Strawberries are best when chilled for an hour after they’re done so that the cheese can firm up.
  • Choose ripe but not overripe strawberries that are firm and uniform in size. The smaller the better.
  • Serve this easy appetizer with crunchy baguette slices or on their own.
  • I chose strawberries for this appetizer recipe, but it would also work well with melon balls or grapes too. Choose a fruit that holds its shape well and does not lose too much water.
  • If using a different fruit, feel free to play around with the herbs! Mint and melon is a great combination, or try teaming up grapes and parsley.
  • Substitute pistachios with any other chopped nut like almonds, walnuts or pecans. They all taste terrific in this simple goat cheese appetizer recipe.
  • Should you be a fan of goat cheese, try a mix of cream cheese and feta or blue cheese. The cream cheese is necessary to make the cheese malleable and creamy.
Nutrition Facts
Goat Cheese Appetizer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 139mg6%
Potassium 227mg6%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Vitamin C 24.3mg29%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.