This Goat Cheese Pesto Appetizer is a fresh & simple appetizer you can make anytime of year!
This goat cheese dip is packed with flavour and you only need a couple of key ingredients to make it.
Perfect for entertaining or simply as a snack!
This easy cheese appetizer is delicious in the Winter because you get a bite of freshness in each bite and on the flip side, it’s refreshing in the Spring & Summer too!
Why you’ll love this goat cheese dip
- It’s made with 5 main ingredients, all of which are easy to find.
- It takes less than 5 minutes to make!
- You can serve with crackers or crostini.
- It’s delicious ANYTIME of year!
- If you have any leftovers, it’s delicious spread on a bagel or toast!
Ingredients needed for this goat cheese pesto appetizer
Goat Cheese: Softened goat cheese is the best when paired with pesto sauce.
Pesto: You can use store-bought or homemade basil pesto in this recipe; both pack lots of flavour!
Sun Dried Tomatoes: These have a sweet-tart flavour that pair perfectly with the pesto and fresh cucumbers.
Cucumbers: Brings a cooling freshness to this dip.
Walnuts: Adds a wonderful crunch to each bite!
This recipe is truly so simple to make; it comes together in 5 minutes.
Step by step process for this appetizer
Step 1: Spread softened goat cheese on a plate. With the back of spoon, swirl pesto into the goat cheese.
Step 2: Sprinkle over the cucumbers, sundried tomatoes and walnuts.
Step 3: Drizzle with olive oil and a pinch chili flakes. Top with fresh basil.
Sun Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Pesto Appetizer
- 150-200 g softened goat cheese
- 2 tbsp basil pesto sauce
- 1/3 cup chopped cucumbers
- 1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Garnish: drizzle olive oil, chili flakes, fresh basil
- Spread softened goat cheese on a plate. With the back of spoon, swirl pesto into the goat cheese.
- Sprinkle over the cucumbers, sundried tomatoes and walnuts.
- Drizzle with olive oil and a pinch chili flakes. Top with fresh basil.
- Serve with crackers or crostini.
- If goat cheese isn't for you, try softened cream cheese or even hummus instead.
- Other delicious add-ons could be olives, capers and a balsamic glaze drizzle - mix it up according to your tastes!
What if goat cheese isn’t my favourite?
If goat cheese isn’t for you, try softened cream cheese or even hummus instead.
What else can I serve with this goat cheese appetizer?
Other delicious add-ons could be olives, capers and a balsamic glaze drizzle – mix it up according to your tastes!
How can I make this appetizer for more people?
Make the goat cheese pesto dip the centrepiece of a charcuterie board and then surround it with delicious add-ons like olives, fresh tomatoes, breadsticks, prosciutto or salami for example.
How can I make crostini?
Preheat the oven to 400°Fahrenheit. Use a bread knife to slice a baguette into 1-inch thick slices. Brush the bread slices with olive oil on one side and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, then flip and bake for another 5 minutes until toasted.
Expert tips for making this goat cheese appetizer
- If walnuts aren’t your favourite, try pine nuts or almonds.
- Make sure to take the goat cheese out to soften at least 15 minutes prior to making the appetizer but if you need to soften it quickly, add 1 tbsp of milk to help when stirring / smoothing out the goat cheese.
- Easily substitute the goat cheese for softened goat cheese or even hummus!
Keep the goat cheese pesto appetizer in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Until the next cooking adventure,