These little balls fit the bill perfectly for the hot summer months. I felt like making goat cheese at home the other day, for no specific purpose. It was sitting there, next to a bunch of big olives and I thought they would go well together. The pistachio coating gives an extra crunch. While I was making these (believe me, every other ball disappeared straight into my mouth) I realized that a sweet and fruity filling would be as good. Grapes and cheese are a well-known combo and they don’t fail to deliver here. I couldn’t say which one I like more: the sweet or the savory. I know one thing: these will be a hit at any party, picnic or potluck.
In a dry pan, roast the pistachios for 5 minutes or so, shaking the pan regularly to avoid burned spots. Let cool a little. Chop finely and transfer to a shallow bowl.
Take about a teaspoon of goat cheese and cover one olive/grape with it. If you use homemade goat cheese, it will be a pretty clean affair, as the goat cheese will have the texture of soft plasticine. Roll each goat cheese ball in the finely chopped roasted pistachios. Keep in the fridge until serving. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Mmm, pistachios and goat cheese is such a good combination!
they look so great, beautiful and tasty!
Beautiful photos and a well-deserved Top 9. Love the sound of these cheese balls. I predict that these will be served somewhere near me with a glass of chilled white wine.
Can’t imagine living in those temperatures. It’s about 14C here at the moment and that passes for Summer!
Yum, they look pretty and sound delicious, too!
Love goat cheese and these sound fab.
simple but agreed, perfect for the summer! Such a unique finger food too, thanks for sharing, love love love chevre!
oh DELICIOUS! These look incredible!
great party app : )
That looks great! I just love goat cheese.
Hi Anja. I can NOT wait to try this recipe but argghhh, I will have to as I’ve got no grapes and no time to seek any (I live in Spain where most shops are closed on Sunday).
PS: It is utterly freaky how many times I’m browsing on foodgawker and I click a recipe that ends up being yours! you seem to be my foodsoul mate! lol
this is such a nice thing to say. Thanks so much. You make my day. I was just reading your comment very proudly to my husband!!
these are so much better than cheese stuffed goat balls too.