Dazzle Your Holiday Guests with this Easy Goat Cheese Appetizer Spread! It’s made with warm and creamy goat cheese topped with fig jam, balsamic vinegar, herbs and chopped pecans for a show-stopping appetizer that’s as easy to make as it is delicious!
This appetizer checks all the boxes for a stress-free gathering! The creamy goat cheese pairs so well with the sweet fig jam and the balsamic vinegar drizzle just takes it to a whole new level!
Is it a spread? Is it a dip? Both! It’s a warm and creamy spread but easy to serve as a dip also. I suggest serving with a spreader for guests to use, however.
Why this Goat Cheese Spread Appetizer is a Show-Stopper
- VERSATILE – Serve this goat cheese and fig jam appetizer spread with your choice of dippers – whether it’s crispy crostini, sturdy crackers, or even fresh veggies for a lighter option. The possibilities are endless!
- EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT – This goat cheese appetizer comes together in just 5 minutes plus a few minutes baked in the oven.
- DELICIOUS – The aroma of bubbling goat cheese, sweet fig jam, and toasty pecans will wow your guests! It’s an absolutely delicious combination!
Ingredients You’ll Need
GOAT CHEESE: I suggest an original goat cheese rather than flavored since you’ll be adding lots of flavor from fig jam, balsamic, etc. I suggest about 8 ounces of goat cheese. I often buy two of the smaller log-size goat cheeses.
CREAM CHEESE: I love to blend together the goat cheese with about 4 ounces of cream cheese to make it creamier and even easier to spread.
FIG JAM: Use any variety you can find, and if you cannot find fig jam, you can substitute a nice raspberry jam or even orange preserves!
BALSAMIC VINEGAR: Just a drizzle is needed. You can also use balsamic glaze if that’s what you have on hand, this appetizer is not a fussy one!
CHOPPED NUTS: I suggest pecans, but if you love walnuts, almonds or pistachios, go for it! Make it your own!
HERBS: I love a touch of green on a dip, especially during the holidays. Plus, that extra boost of flavor is always welcome! I love a blend of fresh thyme and rosemary, diced or finely chopped.
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So, get ready to be the holiday host with the most. Whip up this Goat Cheese Appetizer Spread, and watch as your guests savor every festive bite!
Tips for Making this Goat Cheese and Fig Jam Appetizer
Quality Ingredients Matter: Choose high-quality goat cheese, fig jam, and balsamic vinegar for the best flavor. Fresh, premium ingredients will elevate the overall taste of your appetizer.
Room Temperature Cheese: Allow the goat cheese and cream cheese to come to room temperature before stirring together. This will make it easier to spread them into the bottom of your baking dish.
Timing is Key: Keep a close eye on the baking time. You want the goat cheese to be bubbly and slightly golden but not overcooked. Check it periodically to avoid any burning or excessive browning.
Toast Pecans Just Right: Toast the pecans until they become fragrant, being careful not to burn them. This extra step enhances their flavor and adds a delightful crunch to the finished dish.
Fresh Herbs for a Burst of Flavor: Opt for fresh herbs when possible (but dried can be used in a pinch). A sprinkle of finely chopped fresh rosemary and thyme adds a burst of flavor and a touch of elegance.
Serve with Complementary Dippers: Choose dippers that complement the flavors of the spread. Crostini, crackers, and sliced baguette work well, but feel free to get creative with your choices.
Make it Ahead: You can prepare this goat cheese appetizer ahead of time and bake just before serving. Just keep it covered tightly in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
More Party Appetizers to Try
- Pear, Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Appetizer
- Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
- Garlic and Herb Cheese Appetizer
- Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip
Goat Cheese Appetizer with Fig Jam and Pecans
- 8 ounces goat cheese softened to room temperature
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup fig jam
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts, almonds or pistachios)
- 2 tbsp chopped thyme and rosemary
- Preheat your oven to 350°F
- In a mixing bowl, stir together goat cheese and cream cheese until combined. Spread the cheese mixture evenly in the bottom of an oven-safe baking dish.
- Spoon the fig jam over the goat cheese, spreading it evenly.
- Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the top of the fig jam.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the fig jam is bubbling and hot.
- While the spread bakes, toast the chopped pecans (or walnuts if you prefer) in a dry pan until aromatic.
- Once out of the oven, sprinkle with fresh, chopped herbs and toasted pecans.
- Allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve with an assortment of crostini, crackers, crudites, etc.