Pistachio-Goat Cheese Bites

"These are delicious little nibbles. I love their simplicity--they are quick to put together and can easily be made on the spur of the moment for an impromptu gathering, but can also be prepared up to a day ahead. The recipe is adapted from one published in "In Style" magazine. Prep time includes 15 minutes refrigeration time."
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Ready In:
30 balls


  • 14 cup shelled salted pistachios (I used double this amount)
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature


  • Toast nuts in small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes; chop finely.
  • Combine goat cheese and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Drop mixture by heaping teaspoons onto a parchment-lined baking sheet; refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • Roll into balls, then roll in chopped nuts.
  • Refrigerate, tightly covered, up to 1 day.

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  1. These are tangy, creamy, crunchy and delicious. I made them for a baby shower and since some were left over, I put them in a freezer bag and saved them. I melted them over some simple grilled chicken (1 per chicken piece) with a lemon & sundried tomato sauce -- it made a great quick dinner and it looked like I fussed for hours. These are not just for appetizers anymore!
  2. Great finger food! I added chopped dried cranberries to mine. Delicious!
  3. I've made this- but made one major yummy change: I started with seedless grapes, put the goat cheese (and cream cheese if desired) around the grapes, and then dusted it with the chopped pistachios!
  4. Made these for a nibbler for the fam at Thanksgiving. They were easy enough to create and tasted good, but I did them early and stored them in the fridge. The chilling time definitely made the nuts lose their crunch/pizzazz. Next time I'll try to make them just before I serve them.
  5. These were my contribution to Easter Dinner; I was asked to bring an hors d'oerve. As my husband is on Atkins I wanted something he could eat. I did bring up his carb points very slightly as I was unable to find pistachios and instead substituted the pre-chopped, honey-glazed pecans that are made to top salads. The slight sweetness really complimented the tang of the goat cheese! While the ball rolling and nut crusting was time-consuming, the resulting snacks (after a quick chill time in the fridge to firm up the cheese again) were well worth it. Bravo, GaylaJ!



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