I served this red and green appetizer on Christmas Eve and it was devoured and loved by everyone
(except for Nate who is suspicious of any cheese that isn't cheddar! :-)
The salty pistachios with sweet cranberries and cheese makes an amazing combination.
This is the perfect appetizer to distract guests while you are putting the finishing touches on the main meal! :-)
1 8-ounce log goat cheese
1/2 cup pistachios, shelled, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
sliced baguette or crackers for serving
In a small pan over medium-high heat, toast the pistachios until fragrant; about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool.
Combine the pistachios and cranberries in a plate and roll the goat cheese log in the mixture until completely coated. (Make sure the goat cheese is very cold before rolling it in the pistachio/cranberry mixture) Place on a serving dish and sprinkle the remaining pistachio/cranberry mixture around the log. Allow to sit out at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving so the cheese will soften nicely and become more spreadable. Serves approximately 6-8.