If you’re looking for that perfect party appetizer that doesn’t take too much time and uses simple ingredients, then look no further! This cranberry goat cheese log is for you! It only requires 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes of preparation time making it ideal for entertaining. Plus it’s gluten-free if you serve with your favorite gluten-free crackers! The holidays just got a little bit easier with this simple appetizer recipe.
We recently celebrated my 30th birthday by having a few friends over for tacos and cocktails this past weekend. While tacos, chips and guacamole are a great meal, the food wasn’t arriving until about an hour or two into the party and I always think it’s best to have a few appetizers on the table. I love to put together an easy cheese board of store bought cheeses, dried fruits, cured meat, and gluten-free crackers. While I tend to buy most of the components for the board, I typically like to make just a few of the items for a personal touch.
While I was out shopping for my cheese board ingredients, I kept seeing cranberry goat cheese logs at the grocery store. I remembered back to summer when I had this amazing blueberry goat cheese log at a picnic and instantly knew I needed to make this cranberry goat cheese log myself.
Yes, yes. I could have bought it. But I knew it would only require a few ingredients that I already had on hand and just in case you can’t find it at the store… you can make it! Plus, it ends up being cheaper this way! See, it’s a win win situation here.
Of course, there are many different variations of a cranberry goat cheese log, but I decided to keep mine simple. Just goat cheese, cinnamon and dried cranberries. That’s it.
I fooled around with adding in some other ingredients like nuts and fresh herbs, but I actually liked this simplistic version best. It really lets the goat cheese shine.
All you have to do is chop up some dried cranberries and toss it with ground cinnamon. Then roll your goat cheese log into the dried cranberry mixture. It will take a bit of time to roll and cover completely, but don’t give up! You can do it. If it doesn’t stick to the goat cheese right away, press some of the dried cranberries into the goat cheese log.
I promise you, you’ll have a cranberry goat cheese log so gorgeous, you may not want to eat it. But you should. Because it’s absolutely DELICIOUS!
Serve with your favorite gluten-free crackers and you are in for a treat. Better yet, bring this cranberry goat cheese log along with you to your next holiday party and you’ll be the queen of the appetizer table.
My party guests were so surprised to hear I made this cranberry goat cheese log myself and couldn’t believe how simple it was when I told them how to make it! Of course, I made a double batch just in case we needed to refill the cheese board. I never ended up taking the second one out of the refrigerator because the tacos arrived early. But don’t worry, those leftovers did not go to waste.
Can I let you in on a little secret? This cranberry goat cheese log isn’t only for crackers. Smear some on your toast in the morning. I swear. It’s the BEST thing ever. You’ll thank me later. It’s better than cream cheese – promise!
Love goat cheese? Try these other gluten-free goat cheese recipes!
- Goat Cheese Bacon Guacamole
- Sweet Potato Rounds with Roasted Grapes and Goat Cheese
- Gluten Free Asparagus Goat Cheese Tart
Cranberry Goat Cheese Log Recipe
Whether you’re hosting the holidays or heading out to a party, this cranberry goat cheese log is the perfect 3-ingredient appetizer recipe for you. It’s so simple and it packs in the flavor. Serve with your favorite gluten-free crackers for a gluten-free appetizer that everyone will love.
Cranberry Goat Cheese Log
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Let goat cheese soften slightly on the counter while you're preparing the cranberries.
- Roughly chop the dried cranberries. Mix together with the ground cinnamon.
- Place cranberry cinnamon mixture onto a flat plate.
- Carefully roll the goat cheese log into the dried cranberries until all sides are covered. You may have to press some of the cranberries into the goat cheese log with your hands to get it to stick.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.