Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread
- 4 ounces goat cheese at room temperature
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
Combine goat cheese, 1 tablespoon sugar, and cranberries in food processor.
Blend until cranberries are pureed well.
Add additional sugar if a sweeter spread is desired.
Use at once or refrigerate in a covered container until time to serve.
Quite often I debate which type of cheese is my favorite. The debate is still going. I can make a case for at least four or five cheeses being my favorite. However, when it comes to versatility, I do believe that goat cheese wins. Want a topping for salad? Crumble some goat cheese. Want to add some creaminess and tang to your sandwich? Spread a layer of goat cheese. Want a crisp and gooey snack? Coat slices of goat cheese with panko and pan-fry. The list could go on, but you get the point. This recipe is just another way for goat cheese to show you how useful it is, especially when served on Homemade Rosemary Parmesan Crackers.
To learn more about this recipe, originally published in November 2016, keep reading.
How do I love goat cheese? Let me count the ways. (You may want to sit down. The list is pretty long.)
Rather than listing all of the ways that I enjoy goat cheese, I’ll take a simpler approach and explain why I like it so much. First, there’s the tangy bite it has that pairs nicely with the sweetness of fruit. Second, there’s its spread-ability. Although it can be more crumbly than smooth when chilled, it becomes a delight to spread at room temperature. Third, it adapts to so many dishes, from a simple topping for cheese and crackers to a filling for sandwiches to a component of dessert.
When I think of using goat cheese as part of a cracker platter, I often think about topping it with a compote. For this recipe I decided that I would switch it from a 2-piece (cheese and compote) to a 1-piece topping. Since I wanted the flavor of the fruit immersed in the goat cheese, I utilized my handy, dandy food processor. This netted a pinkish goat cheese spread. With a little bit of imagination you could even call it verging on holiday red.
Even if that’s a bit of a stretch, the use of cranberries definitely gives this cracker and crostini topping a holiday feel. Be sure to use fresh cranberries for the recipe. Frozen cranberries will add too much moisture and dried cranberries won’t process as nicely.
- 4 oz. goat cheese, at room temperature
- 1-2 Tb. sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- Combine goat cheese, 1 tablespoon sugar, and cranberries in food processor.
- Blend until cranberries are pureed well.
- Add additional sugar if a sweeter spread is desired.
- Use at once or refrigerate in a covered container until time to serve.