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Goat Cheese Truffles

Pot au Feu

Chocolate Paris-Brest

I should be having a meal like this after a long day of skiing, snow sledding, or even shoveling out of the blizzard that we had about this time last year.  But unfortunately, there is not a trace of the white stuff on the ground, in the air, or in the seven day forecast  (did I just write that is unfortunate that there is no snow?!).  I suppose a long walk in the woods will have to do to work up my appetite before our Sunday dinner.

These savory truffles are a variation of the Gorgonzola Truffles that I shared a while back.  Goat cheese, cream cheese, and a little seasoning are rolled into chopped pistachios for a tasty starter.  I particularly like this appetizer during the winter time when we are snacking on dried fruits and nuts.  They are wonderful paired with dried figs, dates, and apricots. But my favorite way to enjoy them is smashed on a cracker with a good schmear of fig preserves.  Creamy, crunchy, savory, and sweet-- it's all there!

Printable Recipe

Goat Cheese Truffles
makes 24 truffles

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces mild goat cheese
1 Tablespoon finely minced shallot
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup shelled, roasted, salted pistachios, finely chopped

Fig preserves
Dried apricots
Dried figs
Dried dates

In a bowl using a hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese, goat cheese, shallot, lemon juice, and pepper until smooth and combined.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or until firm.  Mixture can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

Roll the cheese mixture into 3/4-inch balls.  Roll each ball in the chopped pistachios.  Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve.  Allow the truffles to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.  Serve with crackers, fig jam, and dried fruits.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Southern Living: Easy Entertaining, 2009


  1. Oh Yes, those truffles are for my taste. I love the photoes too.

  2. Great picture. They look excellent.

  3. Love these! Great Addition to a cheese course~

  4. Lately I have been so into goat cheese and looking for more appetizer recipes. So I am so going to make this the next time I make appetizers!! Esp since the goat cheese here in Spain is fantastic.


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