Elevate your cheese spread game with my marinated goat cheese balls.
A little prep goes a long way!
Cheese has been on my mind a lot lately, specifically cheese boards. Thinking of all the combinations of foods that you can put on a cheese board leads me to believe that the ultimate cheese board would be at least a square mile! In an attempt to fill my latest board I decided to add some herbs to the plain goat cheese I had in the fridge and these marinated goat cheese balls were born.
Goat cheese already comes flavored or coated in a variety of seeds, nuts, and even wine but why go with what someone else deems a good flavor combo? Why not make my own marinated goat cheese with the herbs I love?
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I started out with a 10-ounce log of goat cheese and was overjoyed to see that it fit perfectly in my jar. Ok, I did eat one cheese ball, but quality control is a must!
To make the marinated goat cheese balls you don’t need any special equipment, just your hands really, but a few tools might make the process a little less messy.
- Ice Cream Scoop (I use this size – 1.5 teaspoons – for this recipe)
- Weck Jars (I use the 2 cup or 0.5 L size for this recipe)
- Olive Oil Dispenser with a pour spout
The whole marinated goat cheese process is simply rolling the goat cheese balls and then layering with goodies. Oil, herbs, spices, goat cheese, oil, herbs, spices, goat cheese, until the jar is full or the goat cheese is all gone.
With the ice cream scooper, it makes it easy to get the goat cheese balls all the same size. Once I scoop them out I roll them in my hands to make them smooth so they don’t have a wonky shape.
If you are going to roll them too, I would recommend adding a little of the olive oil to your hands so the goat cheese doesn’t stick to your hands when it warms up.
When you marinate the cheese balls feel free to add your own favorite spices and flavorings not just the ones listed here. A touch of red wine vinegar will add a nice tang to them if you are really wanting more of a bite.
Some mint added to the olive oil makes it a great addition to dessert toasts or crostini. Imagine the minty goat cheese with some strawberries and balsamic vinegar or honey.
Marinated goat cheese balls are the perfect addition to your cheese board or just to have on hand for your breakfast toast with avocado. The longer they sit in the marinade the better they taste!
Since the holidays are coming up soon you might think of making a few jars of these to give away as gifts to the hosts of all those parties you will be attending!
Herbaceous Marinated Goat Cheese Balls
Elevate your cheese spread game with my marinated goat cheese balls. A little prep goes a long way!
- 10 ounces Goat cheese plain
- Thyme fresh
- Rosemary fresh
- 1 tablespoon Red pepper flakes
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Whole peppercorns
Add 1/4 cup of olive oil to the bottom of your jar or other glass storage container.
Add a few sprigs of thyme and rosemary.
Scoop your goat cheese into 1 inch balls.
Place 4 or five goat cheese balls in the jar.
Add more thyme, rosemary, some red pepper flakes, and peppercorns.
Pour in some olive oil to fill in the gaps in the jar.
Continue adding fresh herbs and spices, layering with the goat cheese balls, to the jar.
Once you add all the goat cheese, pour in the olive oil to fill up the jar to within 1/2 inch of the top.
Add fresh herbs and the rest of the spices.
Seal the jar tightly.
At this point, you can store the jar in the fridge. I turned my jar upside down overnight to make sure all the goat cheese balls and herbs were coated evenly.
The next day I turned it right side up.
Before you are ready to serve your marinated goat cheese balls, remove the jar from the fridge so the oil can liquefy. The olive oil will solidify in the fridge.