Goat Cheese Balls

by Erin @ Food Doodles on November 29, 2020

These goat cheese balls only have six ingredients, are quick and easy to make, and are a great Christmas or New Year’s Eve appetizer. They’re naturally gluten-free and grain-free and can be made nut-free, as well.

In nine years of blogging, I’ve never posted a holiday appetizer. It’s kind of ridiculous, I know. 

I’m just not a huge fan. But these are basically just cheese. How can I say no to that!

Goat Cheese Balls close-upActually, the only other appetizer I’ve posted is this Mozzarella Bruschetta. So another cheesy treat. I do love my cheesy carbs.

For this recipe, all you do is mix together three types of cheese – cream cheese, goat cheese and cheddar cheese. Add some salt if you like things especially salty, like me, and some pecans and dried cranberries.

 

Then you roll them in a coating of dried cranberries, parsley and pecans. You can omit one and use more of another type, or use just cranberries, pecans or parsley, or whatever you want.

Goat Cheese Balls on plate on cracker

The cheeses

Cream cheese

You should use the normal brick-style cream cheese.

If you live outside of North America and you only have the kind of cream cheese that’s meant for toast (it comes in a little plastic tub) rather than American style brick cream cheese, then get 300 grams of cream cheese, place it in the center of a cheesecloth or tea towel, and wring out the liquid until you have 225 grams of cream cheese left.

It’s annoying but necessary to make sure that your cream cheese is firm enough. If it’s too liquidy, then these goat cheese balls will be too watery and probably won’t stick together.

Goat Cheese Balls

Goat cheese

Like I mentioned in my Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Salad recipe, goat cheese can mean different things in different countries. I know I’m always confused when I just see “goat cheese” listed in a recipe.

For this recipe, I used Chavrie Original Goat Cheese – the spreadable kind. It comes in a little pyramid-shaped container. I think a Chevre log would also work but I haven’t tried it.

Goat Cheese Balls on plate with cracker

Cheddar

I used white cheddar to keep the cheese balls white but you can of course use regular orange cheddar. If you don’t want to use cheddar, keep in mind that the cheese you use in its place might not go well with the cream cheese and goat cheese. For example, I think mozzarella would be kind of weird.

The coating

If you don’t want to use dried cranberries, toasted pecans, or parsley, simply leave it out. Or add more of the other toppings. 

But you need to coat the cheese balls in something. Otherwise, the balls are too messy.

Also, feel free to omit the dried cranberries and pecans in the cheese mix. I did that to add more texture but it’s just as tasty without them.

A grain-free appetizer

These goat cheese balls are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. You just need to be sure to serve them alongside some grain- and gluten-free crackers, if needed.

I love the grain-free Almond Flour Crackers from Simple Mills. They are so addictive. I might have eaten nine boxes during election week. I wish I were exaggerating! 

There aren’t any yucky ingredients in them but if you prefer homemade – which would definitely save quite a bit of money if you go through them as I do – check out these sesame cheese crackers from Beauty and the Foodie. 

If you try these goat cheese balls, please let me know how you like them!

5 from 2 votes
Goat Cheese Balls close-up
Goat Cheese Balls
Ingredients
For the cheese mixture:
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese room temperature
  • 5.3- ounce (150-gram) container goat cheese (spreadable Chevre)
  • 1/2 cup or 2 ounces (56 grams) grated white cheddar
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup (28 grams) chopped roasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup (38 grams) chopped dried cranberries
For the coating:
  • 3/4 cup (28 grams) chopped roasted pecans
  • 3/4 cup (114 grams) chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup (20 grams) freshly parsley minced
For serving:
  • crackers
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the 3 cheeses until well combined. Add salt, if needed. Stir in the pecans and cranberries.
  2. Use a small or medium cooke scoop to out cheese balls.
  3. Then roll that into a more neat ball shape using your hands.
  4. Mix together the pecans, cranberries and parsley in a small bowl, big enough to roll a cheese ball in.

  5. Roll each ball in the coating.
  6. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Serve with crackers.

 

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1 Loreto' Nardelli December 7, 2020 at 04:48

These cheeseballs are just what the festive season is asking for. Love the blend of cream, goat and cheddar cheese plus that outside coating of nuts and cranberries says nothing but amazing texture and flavor combos!
Well done, let the Christmas festivities begin!

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2 Leslie December 6, 2020 at 22:37

I love a good cheeseball. Especially for the Holidays! I’ve never had one with goat cheese before so I’m very intrigued by this recipe! It looks fantastic!

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3 Kushigalu December 6, 2020 at 12:46

What a gorgeous appetizer to try for holidays. So festive. Thanks for sharing. I will be making these

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4 Mama Maggie's Kitchen December 6, 2020 at 06:37

I bet this is as good as it looks. YUMMMM! I can’t wait to make this for my son and husband!

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5 Tammy December 5, 2020 at 21:36

A perfect appetizer for the holidays. I love goat cheese and usually serve for Christmas…these look so good!

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6 Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer December 5, 2020 at 01:18

These are THE BEST appetizer whether it’s for a party or a movie night at home! So easy to make and always a huge hit! Thank you so much for sharing!

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7 Ben December 4, 2020 at 22:55

Wow. Such an easy recipe and these are tasty little treats. Maybe when the normal=times come back, I will be making these for gatherings. So tasty.

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8 Sharon December 4, 2020 at 02:54

These goat cheese balls are the perfect little bites for the holidays. A great addition to festive chartreuse boards.

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9 Amy Liu Dong December 3, 2020 at 13:07

Wow! Such a unique recipe that can be instantly a crowd favorite. We can never go wrong with cheese as many people consider it as a great appetizer ingredient. I’ll definitely make this for the family.

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10 Amy December 2, 2020 at 02:57

Oh my goodness how much do I love these?? I’m entertaining a lot these holidays so I’m always on the look out for a fuss free appetiser that I can sort of make and forget and guests can just help themselves. This would be perfect!

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