We love a goats cheese log as much as the next person but sometimes they are just a bit – well – boring. Adding a crust of flavour gives the humble goats cheese a whole new dimension. Not only does it look impressive and professional, it is also incredibly easy to prepare and no baking is required. The crust flavour options are endless and just requires a bit of experimentation (see our suggestions below).
Make sure to buy a goats cheese log without any rind as the crust will not stick to it. Our favourite is a pecan and cranberry crust with parsley and lemon (you can substitute the pecans for walnuts) but we have given some other topping suggestions below.
Serve with wedges of slow toasted French baguette.
What You Need
- 1 x goats cheese log (rindless)
- A dozen or so pecans
- Handful of dried cranberries
- Juice of half a lemon
- Finely chopped fresh parsley (small handful)
- Take the goats cheese log out of the fridge about 15 mins in advance so that it’s at room temperature.
- Finely chop the pecans, cranberries and parsley until it is crumb like. Pop in a bowl and mix in the lemon juice.
- Place the mixture on top of a piece of greaseproof paper and roll the goats cheese over the mixture pressing gently. Keep rolling it over the mixture until the log has been completely covered. Press down to make sure its all secure.
- Now wrap the log back into the greaseproof paper and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
- Meanwhile to make the toasted French bread heat the oven to 180c Fan.
- Slice a small baguette diagonally and brush lightly on both sides with olive oil. Season with salt & pepper and a sprinkle of finely chopped parsley. Bake for approx 15 mins or until lightly browned.
Other serving ideas:
- Lemon, garlic and herbs
- Mixed dried fruit & nuts
- Apricots & rosemary
- Pistachio & honey
- Bacon crust