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holiday fare: citrus-herbed goat cheese log

  • Author: Midwest and Grassfed


 I love a good cheese ball, but this one is full of fresh herbs and crunchy pecans smeared on red pepper spears or cukes (because we need a healthy alternative to the toasts.) 



  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons fresh herbs: basil, parsley, oregano, chives (reserve 1 tablespoon for coating)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


Chop herbs and place in a medium bowl. Reserve one tablespoon of the herbs in a separate bowl.

Add soften goat cheese to the medium bowl with herbs. Add the garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Mix till combined.


Line counter with about a letter size piece of parchment paper. Place mixture in a long 8-9 inch log along long side of paper. Slowly roll and form the mixture in a log shape while wrapping in the paper. Twist ends and place in freezer for 30 minutes.

Mix 1/2 cup chopped pecans with the reserved herbs in a small bowl. 

Spread the counter now with plastic wrap. Pour nut/herbs into a long line. 

Remove cheese from freezer and wrapper. Lay on top of the nut mixture. Press and roll till covered.

You can serve the log now with cucumbers, red pepper slices and toasts or keep log wrapped in plastic wrap for a few hours. Just know, this will go quickly so be sure to get your bite!



If you have any left, its great crumbled on a salad too.