This Blueberry Goat Cheese with Thyme and Honey is an amazingly easy and delicious appetizer! I love to make this for holiday parties and as a fun addition to charcuterie boards.
Goat Cheese Appetizer
If you are a regular visitor here, you may know about the cheese obsession in our circle of friends and family.
And a recent obsession has been goat cheese!
With all of the amazing flavors that pair well with goat cheese, serving up a fast and easy cheese appetizer recipe like this Blueberry Goat Cheese log is a great way to highlight simple flavors…and the cheese, of course!
You only need four ingredients for this easy appetizer!
- Goat cheese
- Fresh Thyme
Goat cheese logs vary in size, typically 8-10.5 ounces from what I see. Anything in that range is fine, no need to make it exact.
You can use both fresh or frozen blueberries. The frozen berries eed to be thawed first and drained to remove most of the excess moisture. The frozen berries also add more of a purple hue to the cheese log since there is moisture remaining on them when mixed.
I recommend fresh herbs here over dried. While I like using dried herbs when possible. they will not flavor the cheese as well as fresh since it is not marinating or being added to a sauce. Dried will work, but fresh is recommended.
Make sure your goat cheese is softened to make it easier to mix with the rest of the ingredients. See below for three options of how to soften your goat cheese.
Put all of your ingredients in a medium bowl. Use a spatula or spoon to mix everything together.
Taste the mixture and add more honey, thyme, or even a little salt if desired.
Put the cheese in a sandwich sized resealable bag and press down into a log shape. Or put the cheese on a large piece of plastic wrap and roll up, sealing the edges, into a log shape.
Chill the log for 2 hours in the refrigerator until it has set up again. Every once in a while, I like to check on the cheese and roll/adjust as needed so it does not become flat from sitting in one spot too long.
Alternatively, you can freeze it for about 30 minutes. Try not to freeze it too much where it is solid so that it does not get icy and too cold for serving.
How to Soften Goat Cheese
You have a few options for softening the goat cheese for this recipe.
- You can add a Tablespoon of milk or cream to the goat cheese and mix to combine, which should loosen up the cheese and make it easy to spread and mix.
- Put the goat cheese, still in its wrapper, in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for 30 minutes.
- Let the cheese sit out on a counter for 60-90 minutes, still in its wrapper. Do not leave it out too long as you do not want the cheese to go bad (I would not go longer than 3 hours).
What does blueberry goat cheese taste like?
This cheese is full of flavor with a sweet and tangy profile. When you bite into a blueberry, you will get a little burst of tartness and fruit flavor.
I love the pockets of berries and therefore leave the berries whole, with some breaking up as the cheese is mixed. If you want a more uniform and dispersed fruit, you can roughly chop the berries before adding them to the bowl to mix.
What wine goes with blueberry goat cheese?
Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are great choices because they are both a great balance for a slightly sweet and tangy flavor.
The Pinot Noir fruitiness will match well with the fruit flavor here and make the wine taste a little less sweet.
A Sauvignon Blanc (my fave!) would be great since the acidity and tartness of the wine contrasts with the fruit and tangy flavors.
What crackers go well with Blueberry goat cheese?
I like to serve this cheese with seed and nut filled crackers. The savory, nutty, and crunchy elements of these crackers balance the sweetness of the cheese.
- In a medium bowl, combine the softened goat cheese, blueberries, thyme, and honey. Use a spatula or spoon to combine all of the ingredients.
- Taste the cheese mixture and adjust seasoning as desired with salt, honey, or thyme.
- Scoop all of the cheese mixture into a sandwich sized resealable bag. Press all of the cheese to the bottom and form a log shape.Alternatively, scoop the cheese onto a large(18 inch long) piece of plastic wrap and roll into a log shape, twisting the ends.
- Chill the log for 2 hours in the refrigerator until it has set up again. Every once in a while, I like to check on the cheese and roll/adjust as needed so it does not become flat from sitting in one spot too long.Alternatively, you can do this for about 30 minutes in the freezer as well.
- If desired, garnish with blueberries, thyme, and a honey drizzle. Serve with crackers, chips, apples, pears, or bread.