These light Strawberry and Honey Goat Cheese Bites are a simple yet elegant appetizer for Spring brunch!
It is officially here! Spring has finally graced us with it’s presence. I am so glad that the sun is out, the rain is gone and pastels are back in style! I am such a sucker for the change of seasons I think there is something so refreshing saying goodbye to one season and welcoming another.
So far, we have embraced Spring in all it’s glory! We have grilled most of our meals, finally gotten our hands on some decent produce and eaten berries by the pound! One of the seasonal dishes I have made recently are these easy and delicious Strawberry and Honey Goat Cheese Bites! One of the most popular recipes on this blog is my Brie and Blackberry Bites and I think the reason is because it is so insanely simple! You can whip up an elegant appetizer with just four ingredients in no time at all. These little bites are very similar! They are easy to make and they make a stunning presentation!
This is such a great appetizer for bridal lunch ins or baby showers. You can also alter it depending on your personally preferences. Do you like blackberries better? Use those instead! You can also prepare these two different ways. I use a mini muffin tin to prepare the little cups or just pat out a small round of pie crust and bake it right on a baking sheet to make little mini flatbreads. I served this with fresh berries, honey roasted almonds and Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. If you are unfamiliar with Gloria Ferrer it is a family owned winery founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. Named for José Ferrer’s wife, Gloria, the winery opened in 1986 in the breezy, now-famous region in southernmost Sonoma County. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was the fulfillment of a longtime family dream: to make world-class méthode champenoise sparkling wines in an exceptional New World terroir. Gloria Ferrer wines have earned over 400 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last 5 years. So it is the perfect addition to your Spring parties!
Here’s to sunshine, warm weather, fresh strawberries and easy recipes! Happy Spring!
15 minPrep Time
8 minCook Time
23 minTotal Time
- For the Toppings:
- 4 ounces honey goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 3 tablespoons chopped Honey Roasted Almonds
- 1 tablespoon chopped basil
- For the Crust:
- 1 cup gluten free flour
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4+ tablespoons ice water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- To make the crust: In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment combine the flour, butter, sugar until the butter is broken down.
- The mixture will resemble course sand.
- Add in the ice cold water one tablespoon at a time while the mixer is running until a smooth dough forms.
- Lightly spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray and press a small amount of dough along the bottom and up the sides.
- Alternatively you can pat out small circles of dough on a baking sheet to make mini flatbread bites.
- For the Topping:
- In a small bowl combine the goat cheese and honey.
- Drop or spread the honey goat cheese on the dough.
- Add the berries and bake for 8 minutes.
- Let them cool slightly add the chopped almonds, basil and top with additional honey.
Gloria Ferrer Carneros Chardonnay is aged for nine months on French Oak Barrels to increase complexity. The wine opens with aromas of peach and pear with pineapple and a hint of toast. The palate continues with the peach/pear with tropical notes and meyer lemon, rounded out with a little toasty oak. The wine pairs incredibly well with fresh lobster and melted butter, seared scallops with a cauliflower puree, or a light citrus and stone fruit salad. Thanks to the bright citrus flavors and lively acidity prevalent in this Chardonnay, it makes an excellent complement to a delicate chevre cheese or a bold epoisse.
This earthy and brambly Pinot Noir emits aromas of black cherry, cedar, and spice with a smooth mouthfeel and long finish. This Pinot Noir pairs great alongside pan seared duck breast, roasted quail or grilled lamb. Try with soft or hard cheeses and a fig compote.
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