This apple and honey goat cheese appetizer makes a great snack or healthy dessert. Four simple ingredients, quick and easy to make, and fun for kids!
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Simple. Easy. Wholesome. That’s my kind of appetizer!
This apple honey goat cheese appetizer was inspired by a lovely tapas and wine bar in town. I was a little skeptical about the flavor combination of apple, honey, and goat cheese, but it works so well.
Even my kids enjoy it so much, I considered titling this post “The Recipe That Got My Kids to Eat Goat Cheese.”
The honey mellows out the tanginess of the cheese and the crisp apples and crunchy pecans make for a great textural contrast.
This recipe straddles the line between appetizer, snack, and dessert. It’s super fresh, flavorful, and comes together in less than 10 minutes. These apple appetizers are perfect for Valentine’s Day, a fancy dinner party, or for making any day feel a little extra special.
- Granny smith apples
- Goat cheese
- Chopped pecans
How to make this apple and goat cheese appetizer
- Cut the top and bottom off the apples, then slice the remaining middle into even slices about ½ inch thick. Remove the core from each slice.
- Arrange the cored slices on a tray and fill the middle with about one tablespoon of goat cheese.
- Drizzle enough honey over the top to completely coat the top of the apples.
- Sprinkle with chopped pecans and serve.
Buy chopped pecans
Pecans are sold whole or pre-chopped. Chopped pecans are generally less expensive than whole pecans. Since you’ll be chopping them anyways, purchase the chopped pecans to save time and money.
How to prevent apples from browning
The honey in this recipe actually prevents the apples from turning brown, but if you want to cut up the apples slightly in advance, I recommend putting your apple slices in 1 cup of cold water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for 3-5 minutes.
How to store apple honey goat cheese appetizers
This recipe can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. After that the honey starts to mix with the juice of the apple and changes the texture a bit.
How to eat this recipe
You could definitely pick up the apple slice and eat this with your hands (messy!) but I prefer a knife and fork for getting all the elements in one bite without the mess.
Tips for customizing
- Swap the pecans for walnuts or almonds
- Try Boursin cheese instead of goat cheese
- Use a flavored goat cheese
- Experiment with different types of apples or pears
Healthy means something different for everyone, and should be evaluated on an individual basis. Goat cheese is low in calories, rich in vitamins and minerals, and is a good source of healthy fats and calcium.
I would consider goat cheese part of a healthy diet, especially a vegetarian diet.
Is goat cheese vegetarian?
Not all cheeses are vegetarian because they often use animal rennet in production. However, most modern goat cheeses do not use this and are considered vegetarian.
If you are concerned about rennet, be sure to read the label or contact the company for the specific brand of goat cheese you’re using to find out more.
More vegetarian appetizer recipes
- Whipped Feta Dip
- Basic Hummus
- White Bean Dip
- Vegetarian Buffalo Dip
- Zesty Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
- Burrata with Tomatoes, Pesto, and Toast
- Taco Dip
- Avocado Chimichurri Chip Dip
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- White Bean Crostini Appetizer
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Apple and Honey Goat Cheese Appetizer
- 1 Granny smith apple
- 2 tbs Plain goat cheese
- 2 tbs Honey
- 1 tbs Chopped Pecans
- Cut the top and bottom off the apples, then slice the remaining middle into two or three even slices (depending on the size of your apple) about ½ inch thick. Use a sharp knife or biscuit cutter to remove the core from each slice.
- Arrange the cored slices on a tray and fill the middle with a little less than one tablespoon of goat cheese.
- Drizzle enough honey over the top to completely coat the top of the apples (this will prevent them from turning brown).
- Sprinkle with chopped pecans and serve.