Goat Cheese Bacon Balls


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So, I hear there’s a big game coming up? Something about a ball? That gets kicked? Or maybe thrown? Who can say really?

I just know that this is the time of year when people expect lots of appetizer and snack-y recipes.

I got ya covered. These Goat Cheese Bacon Balls are, admittedly, a little bit fancy for a football game, but they are fun. Also, they’re kind of tasty. I mean, it’s cheese covered in bacon. Yes, please. Pass the bacon covered cheese and back away slowly. Mama’s hungry.

Just be sure to roll these little balls very small. It’s easy to go from perfect little appetizer to big, rich, I think I’m going to barf hunks of cheese. Serve the too-big-barfy ones with crackers and you’ll be fine. True story.

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Goat Cheese Bacon Balls

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon
4 ounces goat cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons chopped thyme or basil, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup pecanns

Directions:

Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pat the slices to remove excess grease.
While the bacon is cooking, whiz the goat cheese, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of herbs, and black pepper in the food processor. Whiz until creamy and well-mixed, then form small balls, about the size of the tip of your thumb.
Place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Put in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up a little more.
Clean out the food processor. Crumble in the cooled bacon, the remaining tablespoon of herbs, and the pecans. Whiz until very fine and crumbly; it should be as fine as your food processor will make it.
Take the cheese balls out of the freezer and roll them in the bacon mixture, pressing it in with your fingers if it doesn't immediately stick.
Place the balls in a container on their sides and refrigerate until serving. Serve on toothpicks or with crackers.

lightly adapted from The Kitchn

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33 Responses to “Goat Cheese Bacon Balls”

  1. Renee February 1, 2012 @ 2:21 pm (#
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    You had me at bacon covered cheese ;)

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  2. Debbie February 1, 2012 @ 2:30 pm (#
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    OMG, I’m sitting here giggling more than a normal person should at the fact that you used the word “barf.” These look totally yummy. I wonder if I could get these past my “you didn’t put any weird ingredients in here, did you?” husband.

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  3. Erin February 1, 2012 @ 3:12 pm (#
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    I’ve made these before and LOVE it with green apple.

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  4. Alanna February 1, 2012 @ 3:27 pm (#
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    Pig and goat are friends.
    And now they will be friends in my belly.
    So delicious!

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  5. Jessica February 1, 2012 @ 3:33 pm (#
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    Oh yaaa baby!

    …no other words come to mind. :)

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  6. Joanne February 1, 2012 @ 7:48 pm (#
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    Only you could somehow fit “barfy” into a post…and still make me want to eat it.

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  7. Megan @Country Cleaver February 2, 2012 @ 8:58 am (#
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    And I was so worried that my log of chevre was going to go to waste! – NOT any more!!! Hello Super Bowl noms!!

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  8. Amanda Mac February 2, 2012 @ 12:08 pm (#
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    This looks delicious… except I can’t stand goat cheese. So I’m thinking a bacon & bleu matchup. Mmmmmm….

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  9. Jany@SuperCuteCookies February 2, 2012 @ 12:59 pm (#
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    Can I just say wow! This looks amazing.

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  10. Deborah February 3, 2012 @ 9:31 am (#
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    Oh, how I wish I liked goat cheese, because these do look delicious!!

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  11. Marie @ Chocolate and Wine February 4, 2012 @ 7:49 am (#
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    Ok, this is just mean. Bacon AND goat cheese? Two of the best things in the whole world? Together? I’d literally eat them all!

    xo Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

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  12. jules February 5, 2012 @ 12:07 pm (#
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    awesome idea……and always love your posts

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  13. Karly February 5, 2012 @ 12:58 pm (#
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    Testing…

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    Karly Reply:

    Testing again…

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  14. these balls look great Karly!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything},

    Heh. You said my balls look great.

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    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} Reply:

    @Karly, I meant the cheese balls! and they do look great!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything},

    Haha! Thank you, Roxana!

  15. Jasmine Ford February 5, 2012 @ 1:11 pm (#
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    Oh wow, these look super yummy! Off to pin them!

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  16. Sofia Arcangelo February 5, 2012 @ 1:14 pm (#
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    I loved theses balls. They look so yummy!! :)

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    Karly Reply:

    @Sofia Arcangelo,

    Thank you, ma’am!

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  17. Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes February 8, 2012 @ 5:09 pm (#
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    These little morsels sound and look delicious. How could they not be, considering that they contain two of my favorite things- goat cheese and bacon. If you would be interested, link these to my “Your Cozy Home Party” going on until Thursday night at 10 pm EST. I’m sure these would be a hit.——– Shannon

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  18. Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) February 9, 2012 @ 3:40 pm (#
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    I LOVE goat cheese! Usually I have it in my salads, but who knew it would be delicious wrapped in BACON! Great idea!

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  19. Judy April 28, 2012 @ 1:10 pm (#
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    Love goats cheese and bacon but I am annoyed that there is no nutritional information!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Judy,

    Feel free to add the ingredients to a nutrition calculator.

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  20. Meredith April 29, 2012 @ 9:17 am (#
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    Any ideas for what you could sub out goat cheese with to be more cost effective?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Meredith,

    Nit sure how goat and cream cheese compare price wise, But that would be a good sub. :)

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    Meredith Reply:

    @Karly, That’s what I was thinking. Huge price difference. Thanks!

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  21. Karen May 1, 2012 @ 4:33 pm (#
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    Can you post nutritional information?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Karen,

    Nope. I just don’t have the time to add it to every recipe. You’re more than welcome to enter the information into a nutrition calculator yourself, though.

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