Creamy goat cheese with pine nuts & cranberries

March 11, 2014

Author Notes: You can serve this as a starter, a snack or ingredient of a party buffet. What I love about this dish is its simplicity, and the combination of sweet and savory flavors. Perfect with a slice of homemade walnut bread.Sabine

Serves: 2-3 as a starter


  • 100 grams soft goat cheese
  • 30 grams hard cheese, e.g. Gruyère, Comté, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 15 grams pine nuts, roasted and chopped
  • 10 grams dried cranberries, chopped (+ 2 for decoration)
  • 8-10 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 dash of freshly ground black pepper
In This Recipe


  1. Roast pine nuts in a pan at low to medium heat until slightly golden (no addition of oil/fat needed; takes about 10 min)
  2. Coarsely chop pine nuts and cranberries.
  3. Pick leaflets from 4-5 thyme sprigs.
  4. Grate the hard cheese finely.
  5. Combine hard and goat cheese in a bowl, then blend in other ingredients using a fork or spoon.
  6. Form a ball or place mixture into a small baking mould or other dish layered with foil. Cool in refrigerator for at least half an hour.
  7. Turn baking mould/dish upside-down an decorate cheese with remaining thyme sprigs and cranberries. Serve with Grissini breadsticks, baguette or homemade walnut bread..

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