These are make-ahead and filled with flavor. Get these done, refrigerate and just pull them out a little before serving. That’s my idea of a great thing to have on hand for any time, however big or small. Rolling the goat cheese in pecans, lemons and parsley also gives the tangy goat cheese the perfect companion: crunchy, toasty pecans. The freshness of the parsley and lemon zest serves as the perfect bridge for these ingredients. These are also naturally gluten-free which can nicely round out any hors d’oeuvre platter you are planning for any occasion.
1 pound soft goat cheese
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
1/3 cup toasted Fisher® Pecan Halves, chopped
2 lemons (for zest)
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Break up and mix the goat cheese with the black pepper in a medium bowl. Divide into 24 pieces, about 2 tsp. each and roll into balls.
Combine the pecans, lemon zest and parsley in a medium bowl until well blended. Roll the goat cheese balls in the pecan mixture. Arrange on a serving platter. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Take them out 15 minutes before serving so they soften a little and drizzle with a little olive oil, if desired