Goat Cheese Christmas Wreath with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

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This Goat Cheese Christmas Wreath with Dried Cherries and Pistachios is as festive looking as it is delicious.
Goat Cheese Christmas Wreath Appetizer with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

I made this Goat Cheese Wreath with Dried Cherries and Pistachios to bring to the annual Christmas party that my aunt and uncle have been hosting for as long as I can remember.


My aunt always puts out an incredible array of appetizers that she starts making weeks before the party. She is an amazing cook and someone who has inspired me in a big way when it comes to cooking and being creative in the kitchen. It’s only been the past few years that my aunt started asking that people contribute to the holiday appetizer spread, and I couldn’t  be happier to oblige.

Goat Cheese Christmas Wreath Appetizer with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

If you’re a regular reader here, then you know by now that I like to come up with my own personal spin on recipes. For whatever reason, I can’t follow a recipe to save my life. I’m pretty sure it’s my creative spirit that always has me trying to come up recipes and ideas that have never been seen before, which is nearly impossible these days with the amount of food blogs, cooking sites and foodies there are in the world.

This wreath however is something I’ve never seen before, and I even did a Google search before I made it to find out if anything like it had ever been done. I’m pretty sure it hasn’t, and if it has, whoever made one like it before me is pure genius! LOL

Goat Cheese Christmas Wreath Appetizer with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

This wreath may look complicated to make but in all actuality it’s very simple and only takes a matter of minutes to assemble, and only takes 5 ingredients. Plus, it can be made in advance, so that makes this appetizer a hostesses’ dream come true when it comes to preparing for the party.

What’s that? You’re not a fan of goat cheese? No problem. Just substitute cream cheese for the goat cheese in the recipe, and you’re good to go. If using cream cheese, the wreath will be slightly sweeter flavor whereas the goat cheese has a creamy and mild tanginess which pairs wonderfully well with the sweetness of the dried cherries and the wonderful flavor of the pistachios.

GOAT CHEESE CHRISTMAS WREATH WITH DRIED CHERRIES AND PISTACHIOS
Makes: 1 – 10″ wreath        Prep Time: 20 minutes
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2 logs (10 ounces each) goat cheese, at room temperature
1 ½ cups dried cherries, chopped, plus additional for garnish (optional)
1 ½ cups pistachios, chopped, plus additional for garnish (optional)
pinch pepper
1 cup chopped fresh parsley

-In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl with a wooden spoon, mix together the first 4 ingredients.
-Shape the mixture into a long log on a piece of plastic wrap.
-Press the chopped parsley into the cheese on all sides expect the bottom.
-Wrap the log with the plastic wrap and chill for 10 minutes.
-Work the log into a circle shape, pressing and pinching where needed to make a wreath shape.
-Place the wreath (non-parsley side down) on a serving platter and reform the wreath if needed after the transfer.
-Garnish the inside of the wreath with additional cherries and pistachios (if desired) and press a red bow in the cheese.
-Serve with assorted crackers and or bread sticks.



Goat Cheese Christmas Wreath Appetizer with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

Goat Cheese Christmas Wreath Appetizer with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

          Merry Munching Everybody!

I’ve happily linked up this post to Foodie Friends Friday over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
Until we eat again,

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17 Comments

  1. What a fun appetizer. I love goat cheese and this might just be making an appearance at our holiday party this weekend. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. What a beautiful and festive appetizer centerpiece for the holidays, Renee! And I love what you did with simple goat cheese. Scrumptious and pretty!

  3. This is the cutest platter! I am loving the cherries and goat cheese together!

  4. So festive and pretty that I wouldn't want to be the first to dig in (but I would!)!

  5. That sounds so, soooo good! And it's beautiful!

  6. This is so cute! So perfect for a party!

  7. So pretty and festive, love that you added some crunch with the pistachios.

  8. Oh, how beautiful! SO festive and yummy—and though I'm not crafty, I think I could do this!!!

  9. That's because putting your own spin on recipes is way more fun than just following directions. 😉 And this is so pretty and festive! It must have felt great to see that you were the first one to come up with it. When I have that feeling and I do a search, it's like, "Oh… this has been done at least 20 times before. Waaaah." 😉

  10. I love this Renee, it's so beautiful and so festive. I think it's going to be coming with me to our family's holiday party this year, too!

  11. What a beautiful festive idea. Very nice!

  12. Love the looks of this and it sounds so good! Perfectly Christmas!

  13. Great idea for pistachios! It looks like the party is starting!

  14. What a stunning presentation – Renee – it's perfect for the holidays!

  15. This is so festive! I love that it's shaped like a wreath 🙂

  16. What a beautiful idea. I wonder if there is anything that could be use as an edible bow for the wreath. Gorgeous thou and sounds delicious!

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