Okay, I realize that if it wasn’t for the title y’all probably would have no clue what those little balls lined up oh-so-perfectly (maybe due to a mild case of OCD) are. Let me introduce you to honey nut goat cheese balls. I promise that if you’re entertaining they’ll become one of your best friends.
These little babies are super decadent, and just the right balance of salty and sweet. Pop one in your mouth and you’ll be in heaven for a moment. Besides tasting amazing, though, their true beauty comes from the fact that they require no cooking, come together quickly, and, best of all, can be made in advance and chilled in the fridge until party time. They’re perfect for supper club, drinks and hors d’oeuvres before an event, or just a casual hang-out. And, so far, I’ve only found one person who didn’t love them (sorry Mom!).
Due to the aforementioned reasons (can you tell I’m in law school?) Because of all this, they’ve definitely become a staple at all of our gatherings. Try them out–I think you’ll have a new favorite once you do.
Honey Nut Goat Cheese Balls
Only slightly adapted from The Deen Brothers
1/2 cup honey-roasted peanut and cashew mix, finely chopped
8 ounces goat cheese
Honey, for drizzling
Keeping the goat cheese in the fridge, finely chop the nut mixture. Have a little patience–this can take a tad longer than you think (I’ve started keeping chopped nuts in a zippy bag in my pantry so I can make these even faster).
Next, take the cheese out of the fridge. If you have a melon baller, scoop out balls of cheese. If you don’t, section the package of cheese with a knife (see picture below) and use a spoon to remove each section. Roll the cheese quickly in your hands to form a ball, then roll the ball in the nuts. Arrange balls on a serving platter and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle pepper lightly over top (if you’re making these ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap after arranging on the platter, and do the honey and pepper immediately before serving).
Even if you’re not making these in advance, it’s a good idea to chill these in the fridge for a few minutes before serving.
Serve with toothpicks.