This easy blueberry goat cheese appetizer takes an ordinary log of goat cheese and wraps it in juicy-sweet blueberries to create the perfect blend of creamy, tangy, and fruity.
Blueberry Goat Cheese Log
If you’re a huge fan of goat cheese, you may already know that fresh blueberries and goat cheese make the perfect pair. Or maybe you’ve tried our goat cheese balls?! 😀
You also may even be familiar with Trader Joe’s blueberry goat cheese, or any store-bought blueberry goat cheese, for that matter. However, making your own blueberry goat cheese appetizer is on a whole other level of delicious!
For this recipe, blueberries are cooked on the stovetop and simmered with onion, garlic, maple syrup, and thyme to absorb all their delicious flavors. Combine this with creamy, tangy goat cheese, and you’ve got yourself the perfect appetizer!
why you’ll love it!
- Made with simple ingredients with minimal prep and a short cook time.
- A tasty addition to charcuterie boards.
- It’s a versatile cheese with so many yummy ways to serve it.
- A perfect combination of sweet and savory.
What You’ll Need
- Olive oil: olive oil is used to cook all the ingredients for the most flavorful blueberries.
- Onion & garlic: yellow onion and garlic are the base flavors for the blueberries.
- Salt: a pinch of salt is all you need to enhance the flavors of this easy appetizer.
- Blueberries: fresh or frozen blueberries work fine!
- Maple syrup: a fun addition that pairs beautifully with the cheese and blueberries.
- Thyme: this herb elevates this goat cheese
- Goat cheese log: choose your favorite brand of goat cheese!
No-Bake Cheesecake: Serve with a sweet shortbread cookie and viola! — it’s a “no-bake cheesecake!”
Make it Spicy: Make your blueberry goat cheese appetizer spicy by adding ¼-1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes during step 2.
Whipped Goat Cheese: Instead of keeping this a log, whip the goat cheese and spread it on a plate. Pour the blueberry compote on top after you’ve completed step 3.
How to Make Blueberry Goat Cheese
COOK Onion & Garlic
Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the oil becomes fragrant, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
BOIL + SIMMER
Next, add the salt, blueberries, syrup, and thyme to the pot and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.
COOL + CHILL
Remove the pot from the heat, allowing it to cool for 10 minutes. Then, transfer it into a storage container and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
ROLL + WRAP
Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a work surface, about 8×10 inches. Spread the blueberries into a rectangle on the plastic.
Place the goat cheese log on top of the plastic wrap and roll tightly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
SERVE + ENJOY
Now it’s time to chow down on your delicious appetizer! Take your soft goat cheese out of the fridge and serve it on a charcuterie board or plate with your favorite crackers or crusty bread. Enjoy!
What to Serve w/ this Blueberry Goat Cheese Recipe
There are so many ways to serve this blueberry goat cheese appetizer! You can pair it with crackers like our Homemade Cheese Crackers or crusty bread like this Easy Cheese Bread, or add it to your favorite salad.
Is blueberry goat cheese healthy?
Yes, blueberry goat cheese is a healthy appetizer. Goat cheese is full of beneficial probiotics which help to boost your immune system and reduce your vulnerability to illness. Blueberries also provide plenty of antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, and manganese!
What other fruits taste good with goat cheese?
In addition to blueberries, there are many other fruits that pair well with goat cheese. In the summertime, berries, peaches, nectarines, and apricots are delicious with goat cheese. In the fall and winter, figs, pears, apples, and grapes make for a great combination.
Can I make this appetizer ahead of time?
Yes, this blueberry goat cheese appetizer is perfect for making ahead of time. Once it’s rolled up and chilled in the fridge, you can store it in an airtight container for up to 5 to 6 days. Enjoy!
Store any leftover blueberry goat cheese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 to 6 days.
To freeze, wrap the log in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container and freeze it for up to 3 months. Just note that the longer you keep it frozen, the crumblier it’ll get.
When ready to serve, defrost the log overnight in the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for about 45 minutes before serving.
Blueberry Goat Cheese Appetizer
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ medium yellow onion minced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 8 oz. goat cheese log
- Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the oil becomes fragrant, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
- Add the salt, blueberries, syrup, and thyme to the pot and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Then, transfer it into a storage container and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
- Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a work surface, about 8×10 inches. Spread the blueberries into a rectangle on the plastic. Place the goat cheese log on top of the plastic wrap and roll tightly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite crackers or crusty bread.
Tips & Notes
- Serve with a sweet shortbread cookie, and it’s a “no-bake cheesecake”
- Make this spicy by adding ¼-1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes during step 2.
- Instead of keeping this a log, whip the goat cheese and spread it on a plate. Pour the blueberry compote on top after it has completed step 3.