Do you ever go to the store, find a bunch of yummy food, get home, put it in the pantry and fridge, and then forget what you have sitting there? This used to happen to me all the time! Now its a business NEED to know what I have available so I can create recipes to share with you beautiful people!


Today, I am sharing a few of my favorite and most delicious goat cheese recipes. Do you ever use goat cheese in your baking or recipes? As a topping for salad or crackers? Do you have goat cheese in your fridge now? If you run off to check, come right back. I want to tell you how you can use it!


If you don't have any, add it to your grocery list now so you can pick it up the next time you head to the store. My favorite goat cheese brands include MontChevre, Vermont Creamery Goat Cheese, Cypress Grove, and any of the delicious varieties from Trader Joe's or even the Kirkland brand at Costco is great.


If you are nervous about venturing into the world of goat cheese vs. cow cheese. Don't be. It has a distinct tangy flavor but in an oh-so-good way. Goat cheese is soft, spreadable, and creamy. It has a rich flavor compared to cow cheese because of its higher fat content.


Goat cheese is so creamy and tart. It's delicious on bread, crackers, fruits, and veggies. It is diverse and pairs well with savory and sweet flavors. You can eat it warm or cold. I hope you come away with at least one "go-to" recipe you can use, and you never have to worry about goat cheese going bad or sitting in your fridge too long again.


Cheese can be made from all kinds of milk, even almonds, and cashews! Goat cheese is the name given to any cheese made from goat's milk, including cheddar, brie, and gouda. Most recipes I am sharing today use a 6oz log of goat cheese that you can find at any local grocery store.


4 Goat Cheese Recipes you will Love!


Baked Tomato Goat Cheese Dip


Serve this savory goat cheese dip at your next gathering or one evening for dinner. It's a quick 15-minute recipe. You will mix two kinds of cheese for this super creamy dip - cream cheese and goat cheese. This recipe is fast, and easy and I am obsessed with baked cheese. Family and friends are always asking me for this recipe.

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Hot Honey Goat Cheese Appetizer with Dried Cranberries, Pomegranate & Pistachios


The versatility of this tangy recipe still has me reeling. Not only can we make a glorious log of dreamy creamy cheese, we can take one log, slice it into disks with our cheese wire and roll it into the perfect FESTIVE goat cheese balls! Two kinds of cheese are combined with a few sweet and crunchy toppings to make these sweet and spicy decadent appetizers. Once the cheeses are soft, cream them together then add the nuts and cranberries with a touch of my favorite "Toast Sugar" from Portland Salt Co. Find it here. Serve at your next get-together or bring as a side to a potluck this holiday season. Either way - it's sure to be a winner!

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Honey Pecan Goat Cheese Log


I think this goat cheese log wins for the fastest and most tasty appetizer option. You will need a food processor to mix the nuts, cheese wire to cut slices, and parchment paper so that the nut topping and cheese don't stick to your board. Spread this cheese on bread, crackers, and apple slices. Yummy crunchy goodness.

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Let me know what you think about these recipes by commenting below. I would love to hear your thoughts.


If you can think of anyone who would love this blog, please pass it along. These goat cheese recipes make perfect appetizers for any Holiday gathering or girl's night.


I can't wait for the blog next week! My first official Holiday Platter Girl Gift Guide is coming out. Looking for gift ideas? I have some incredible gift ideas for moms, dads, kids, relatives, and friends.


XOXO

Lea


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Updated: Nov 6



Let’s take a few minutes and celebrate one of my all-time favorite cheeses - Brie!


I have 9 delicious Brie recipes for you! You will definitely want to try at least one this week. And maybe another one for your next holiday get-together!


I love to whip up one of these recipes for my family and friends when I have them over for the holidays. They are always so satisfied and impressed. And these are super easy to make!


Brie is diverse in how you can use it and what you can pair it with. Brie cheese has a deliciously creamy, buttery flavor that blends well with other flavors. You can eat it cold or warm, sweet or savory.


Imagine the looks of happiness and satisfaction on your friends and family’s faces when they try one of these recipes. You will feel successful in your job as a host!


Questions about Brie


  1. Can you eat the skin on brie cheese? Yes, the rind is edible and adds to the flavor of the cheese. It also helps to keep the cheese from melting everywhere. I made and ate all the recipes below with the rind still on.

  2. Can I cook Brie? Yes, absolutely! It is so creamy, melty, and delicious when cooked. I use a cast iron skillet and bake the Brie in the oven.

  3. How do I store the recipe if I don’t eat it all? I keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days. Cover it with foil sprayed with oil so that the cheese doesn’t stick. But will there really be leftovers?!


Savory Brie Recipes

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1. Black Truffle Baked Brie


We are starting out with savory Baked Brie recipes. You can eat this for lunch, dinner, or a snack. Score the top of the rind and top with tomatoes, shallots, garlic, truffle oil, salt and pepper, and slices of black truffle. You can also pick up truffle salt if you can’t find truffles.



2. Brie in Puff Pastry


A savory Brie recipe, this time baked in puff pastry. The ingredients are puff pastry, brie cheese wheel, sauteed mushrooms, onions, smoked applewood sea salt, garlic, onion powder, and pepper. I placed the cheese wheel on the puff pastry, topped it with the savory ingredients, and then folded it up. I cut off a long thin piece of the puff pastry to save for the braid and then placed it over the top before cooking.



3. Baked Brie Platter


A savory and spicy baked brie that will leave you asking for more. In this recipe, I use both goat cheese and Brie. After scoring the Brie, I placed them in a dish, topped it with a spicy truffle hot sauce, and then baked it. Let the platter cool, and add your favorite savory ingredients: pickles, olives, artichokes, bread, and nuts.



4. Tomato and Habanero Pepper Jelly Brie


This savory-baked Brie hits the spot if you need a quick dinner idea. Take a Brie Cheese wheel and score the top. Then top this with tomatoes, Habanero Pepper Jelly from Kelly’s Jelly, olive oil, garlic lemon pepper, and then bake. It’s so creamy and flavorful.



5. Baked Brie with Tomato and Ricotta Pesto


This recipe is pinned on my Instagram for easy and quick access. But it is so good, I have to tell you about it here. I took a triangle-shaped piece of Brie and bought tomato ricotta pesto, tomatoes, artichokes, salt, and oil. Then bake it. Super delicious!



Sweet Brie Recipes


6. Pear Honey Brie


A sweet baked brie topped with pears, lavender-infused honey from Naturacentric, apricot jam, and pistachios. Before adding all these ingredients, score the top of the rind and then top it with all the ingredients. Bake for 15 minutes at 400. When serving guests, take it out of the oven when guests arrive so they can enjoy the gooey goodness. Serve with crackers or bread.



7. Brie Lollipops


Have you tried a cheese lollipop? No! These sweet brie treats are delicious and make quick yummy appetizers or snacks. I used Rosemary crackers, Brie cut into wedges, figs, honey, and mint for these lollies. Use a toothpick to secure the cheese. Be aware not to bite into the toothpick.



8. Brie Puff Pastry with Figs


This spread has all the sweet stuff! Start with a puff pastry on a baking sheet and bake. Then add the Brie Cheese Wheel. Next, add all the toppings: Naturacentric Mission fig honey, Kelly’s Jelly Oregon Tayberry Jelly, Mt Hope Farms Marionberry-Raspberry Fruit spread, some chopped pecans, and chopped dried figs. Lastly, drizzle some Durant Farm Orange-infused Olive oil. Not only is the treat delicious, but it is made with some of the best ingredients from the finest companies!



9. Candied Orange Peel Brie


Look no further you have found your top-notch dessert to show off at your next gathering! This Brie dessert is sure to please! I used candied orange peel, Naturacentric Sage & Comb Honey, Portland Salt Co Toast Salt, Orange infused olive oil and Walnuts.



How to cut and make a Brie Wheel


The easiest way to cut Brie is when you first take it out of the refrigerator. Brie becomes softer when left out, making it more challenging to cut.


Use a sharp knife and cut it like a pizza until you have 16 pieces. Pull the knife out the side instead of up, so it won’t stick. Once you have 16 pieces. Pull two pieces out and start laying the 14 pieces on their sides in a circle. See the picture below or watch the reel on my Instagram page here.



I hope you try one of these recipes. They are crowd-pleasers! And beyond delicious and comforting for the cold weather season.


Also, remember to follow me on Instagram. Are you seeing my posts? I post several times a day. If you love a post, don’t forget to like it or comment! I am constantly posting new, funny, and free recipes for all of you!


Next week, the blog will be all about goat cheese and my favorite recipes!


See you next week!


XOXO


Lea



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Surprise blog post! Have you heard or seen the fantastic news on my Instagram or Pinterest? If you haven’t, I will tell you all about it, and I have links for you to check out below! And if you have, stick around anyway because I will share all the yummy goodness!


First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Pinterest teamed up to honor teachers and educators the first week of October. Their mission is to show support and appreciation for teachers across the country. They aim to provide positive and uplifting content teachers, and students can use throughout the year. To read the full details, click here.


How do I fit in? I am so glad you asked!


I am thrilled to tell you that Pinterest TV chose and featured two Pinterest creators, yours truly, The Platter Girl and Andi Eaton. We both hosted a one-hour-long segment during Dr. Jill Biden’s ten-hour live stream. I made a teacher appreciation grazing platter and Andi Eaton hosted a live meditation. I am honored and grateful that Pinterest TV chose me to share my passion!


Teacher-Inspired Recipes!


For the first teacher appreciation recipe that I included on my grazing board, I made Mini Cheese “Apples.” These were inspired by @ashleynaum of @anchorandfade. She truly is a creative genius and a queen for sharing this adorable idea!


These cute mini apples are made with the creamiest cheeses, which include Cream Cheese, Honey Goat Cheese, and Unexpected Cheddar. Combining these three kinds of cheeses with rosemary honey creates a uniquely delectable flavor.


Side note: do you know what unexpected cheddar is? It is a crumbly cheddar with a surprise! That surprise is a hint of parmesan that gives it a saltier and nuttier flavor. You can find Unexpected Cheddar at Trader Joe’s.


The cheese is then rolled into little balls and next into a mixture of Portland Salt Co Toasted Sugar and paprika to make that irresistible red apple color. The final touch brings it together with a mint sprig on top, creating the perfect teacher-approved apple treat! For the full recipe and a quick video tutorial, check out my Instagram.



Up Next! Cheese Pencils


Did someone say cheese Kabobs? Every student and teacher needs a #2 pencil! Here is a creative cheese pencil recipe for this teacher grazing platter.


This is a super fun and easy-to-make snack recipe.


I use two kinds of cheeses, Field Roast plant-based pepperoni and a currant berry for the tip of the pencil. The cheeses I used are cheddar and white cheddar. Then, add them to the skewer, starting with the pepperoni and then topping it off with a currant. Ta-da!




Next! Cheese Books


Look at these cute little cheese books! Simple and delicious! Did you know reading books can help reduce stress, make us happier, and can help us sleep better? I am pretty sure cheese does all those things too! Yay, for cheese and books and books made of cheese.


I had some leftover cheese and decided that these little books were the way to go. The cheeses I used are cheddar and white cheddar. I used Naturacentric Honey to secure both sides of the book to the cheese blocks. Naturacentric is a holistic, eco-friendly, and hand-crafted apothecary based in California! Their honey is delicious! And these books make a perfect addition to the platter board.




Assembling the Grazing Board


The last step to the teacher grazing platter is assembling all the ingredients. Do you want to see me put the board together? You can watch my tutorial on Pinterest TV. This platter is a vegetarian charcuterie board.


My guaranteed method for assembling the board is to first find the perfect board! I used a whiteboard to stick with the teacher’s theme and covered it with freezer parchment paper.


Next, I added the cheese! The many kinds include Plain Goat Cheese, Honey Goat Cheese, Dill Havarti, Manchego, Smoked Cheddar, White Cheddar, and Medium Cheddar. You will also add the mini cheese apples, cheese pencils, and cheese books to the board at this time.


After that, I added the crackers. I used the Good and Gathered brand and bought the Cheddar, Red Pepper Artisanal Crisps, and Everything Flatbread.


Next, I added fruits and veggies. I used cucumbers, pomegranates, peaches, and dried berries on this platter. I left the pomegranate whole and cut up the cucumbers and peaches.


After that, I added nuts, cookies, and all the yummy goodness. The nuts included Nichols Pistachios, Candy Corn Crunch, shortbread, and chocolate chip cookies.


I loved the way this vegetarian teacher-inspired grazing board turned out!



Will you try out any of the smaller DIY recipes? Do you know any teachers who would be thrilled to receive this appreciation grazing board as a teacher gift idea or for a teacher luncheon? Comment below. I would love to hear what part is your favorite.


I want to thank all the teachers! I appreciate all that you do! I see you doing excellent work!


I hope you have a superb week!


XOXO

Lea


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