Pecan crumbs mixed with Summer's Secret Seasoning in a flat plate.
Roll goat cheese in pecan/seasoning mixture.
In this instance, I used an 8 oz. log of cheese and baked it in the pan I planned to serve it in.
Baked Goat Chese with multi-grain toast pieces, ready to serve.
Goat cheese is one of my favorite cheeses. It's full of flavor and tastes good on a plain cracker or baked in a recipe ... It even freezes well. Baked goat cheese is an easy, elegant-looking dish that can be served as an appetizer with bread or crackers, or on top of a salad as a first course. This version is made with pecans, but you can substitute different nuts - try several different kinds until you find your favorite.
1 pound of your favorite goat cheese (4 oz. logs are easiest to work with)
1 cup pecans
1 tablespoon Summer’s Secret Seasoning
Sliced bread or crackers
Stuff you'll need ...
Pie plate or flat, shallow pan with edges
Food-handling gloves (optional)
Cookie sheet or shallow baking dish
Take the goat cheese out of the refrigerator and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 250°.
Place the pecans and Summer’s Secret Seasoning in the food processor or blender and process until the pecans are small-ish crumbs.
Put the pecan/seasoning mix into the pie plate. Carefully press the goat cheese logs* into the seasoning mix until all the cheese is coated. Place the coated cheese on the cookie sheet, or oven-proof baking dish that has enough room for crackers. (*If using goat cheese that is in a large round, cut slices about 1” thick and remove the rind. You can also slice the small logs into one-ounce rounds if serving on top of a salad or for individual appetizer plates.)
Bake for 15 minutes**. Remove from oven and let the cheese stand about 5 minutes before using your spatula to carefully transfer the cheese to a serving plate.
Serving Suggestions ...
Serve at happy hour with bread or crackers and white wine.
**You can also cook the logs about 5-7 minutes longer, which will make it drier. Let it cool, and then crumble it over a salad.