Goat Cheese, Pistachio & Pancetta Poppers

It’s not too early to start thinking about your Thanksgiving menu.  Don’t forget the appetizers!  A dynamite appetizer is a tasty way to entertain your guests as they arrive and talk and hug.  It also buys you a little time if the turkey isn’t quite cooperating.  I like to serve cheese appetizers at Thanksgiving because the meal doesn’t usually include a lot of cheese and everyone loves it!  Here is a make-ahead appetizer that will earn you lots of gratitude points.

Goat Cheese, Pistachio & Pancetta Poppers

Goat Cheese, Pistachio & Pancetta Poppers


  • 4 ounces plain goat cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 ounces pancetta, diced small
  • ½ cup pistachios, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. honey


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix goat cheese, cream cheese, and thyme just until combined.
  2. Remove bowl from the mixer; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pancetta until fat is rendered and pancetta is crispy. Drain on paper towels; cool and finely chop.
  4. Mix pancetta and pistachios together on a plate.
  5. Remove cheese mixture from refrigerator. Form into 1-inch balls and then roll in pancetta/pistachio mixture, pressing into the cheese ball. Chill again before serving. Drizzle with honey and serve on toothpicks.
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