Marinated Goat Cheese

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Marinated Goat Cheese

Marinated Goat Cheese is one super appetizer; it’s one that has been a favourite in the Saucy household for over twenty years. If you’ve never tried goat cheese, or if you are skeptical about goat cheese – you really need to make this recipe. It has made doubters believe!

When I lived in Nashville, my friend Peggy and I would occasionally take cooking classes together. Now, let me set the record straight. We didn’t actually cook anything in these classes; they were demonstrations where we swilled wine and got to take home some awesome recipes. It worked for us. If I remember correctly, this is one of the recipes we got during one of our classes which I have very gently modified. It has been a favorite ever since.

The combination of red and white and green peppercorns make it so festive, it’s a must have for the holidays. I buy individual bottles of each of the colours of peppercorns and keep them on hand, as they can be a bit difficult to find if you don’t have a specialty market around you.

The peppercorns are sautéed in olive oil until they start to pop, almost like popcorn. Then, you add minced garlic for just a few seconds. All of that is poured over the top of a log of goat cheese that has been covered in fresh thyme and rosemary.

Served with crackers, it is beyond good! Repeat after me, “Oh, my taste buds!”

I do hope you’ll try this recipe, and that it becomes a “go-to” appetizer for your household, for the holidays or for anytime.


Marinated Goat Cheese
Goat cheese marinated in olive oil, coloured peppercorns, garlic, rosemary and thyme. This is one super appetizer for the holidays (because of the festive colours) or for any time.
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 1 - 11 ounce log goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon whole white peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon whole red peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon whole green peppercorns
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  1. Place the goat cheese log in a serving dish with sides.
  2. Sprinkle with the thyme and rosemary leaves.
  3. In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, add the olive oil and the peppercorns.
  4. Saute until the peppercorns begin to pop and rise to the surface of the oil.
  5. Add the minced garlic and remove from heat.
  6. Swirl the garlic in the hot oil for about 30 seconds (you don't want it to brown, just soften a bit).
  7. Pour the mixture of olive oil, peppercorns and garlic over the goat cheese.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  9. Remove from the refrigerator prior to serving to bring the olive oil to room temperature.
  10. Serve with crackers.

About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight.

I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I’m gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading…and commenting! P~

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