Make your Holiday meal extra special this year by serving this incredibly delicious and easy-to-make Honey Whipped Goat Cheese with Pomegranate. Perfect for dipping and spreading. Even better, serve it with Erath’s Pinot, the #1 selling premium pinot in Oregon.
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Delicious food, quality wine and the Holidays.
While this year might look a little different with Holiday celebrations, we encourage you to continue family traditions, even if it’s on a smaller scale. The Holidays are a special time of year and it’s important to carry on the traditions, to mark the passing of the year. In most families the Holidays include a delicious spread of food and favorite beverages.
Our Honey Whipped Goat Cheese Dip with pomegranate, toasted pecans and fresh herbs will make for the most delicious addition to your Holiday meal and pairs every so nicely with Erath’s Pinot. If you haven’t tried Erath wines, we recommend you do so. Truly, the only wine you’ll need for your Holiday table.
Erath’s Pinot makes the perfect complement to your Holiday table.
Erath’s Pinot was founded in 1965 in the hills of Dundee, Oregon and is a wine that complements so many flavors. It pairs nicely with almost any kind of food making it a fabulous go-to wine and the perfect gift for your wine loving friends and family members.
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You’ll find a large selection of pinot wines on Erath.com in all price ranges. From the five we have tasted, they are all incredible and exactly what we would want in a glass of wine from flavor, aroma and overall sippy experience. Listed are the five Erath pinots that we have tried and love to help make your decision a little easier.
- Pinot Noir Oregon Tier – Classic Oregon aromas of black cherry, plum and currant mingle with hints of anise and sandalwood.
- Pinot Gris Oregon Tier – Aromatic and fruit-forward, scents of key lime, Anjou pear, juicy melon, anise and a faint pine introduce this Alsatian style Pinot Gris.
- Willakia Pinot Noir – Comforting wafts of blackberry cobbler, Bing cherry and blueberry are invitingly intertwined with fragrant vanilla and caramel.
- La Nuit Magique Pinot Noir – Dark and sensuous aromas of plum, blackberry, sandalwood, damp earth and a whisper of caramel offer a provocative introduction.
- Le Jour Magique White Pinot Noir – Spun gold in the glass, with bright aromas of Meyer lemon, starfruit, yellow plum and wafts of shortbread.
How about wine tasting?
If you live near Portland, Oregon or ever find yourself visiting the beautiful city, Erath opened a new tasting room in September 2020! Stop by for a tasting. Learn more about the tasting room here.
Ingredients for Honey Whipped Goat Cheese with Pomegranate
This recipe comes together quickly and with just a few simple ingredients. Grab a glass of wine and let’s get cooking. Here is what you’ll need:
- Goat cheese – plain goat cheese works best in this recipe. You’ll want to soften it to room temperature prior to making the goat cheese dip. Simply set it on the counter 1-2 hours before making the recipe.
- Cream cheese – to lighten up this recipe, feel free to use a reduced fat cream cheese. Like the goat cheese, you’ll want to be sure it is softened to room temperature.
- Honey – honey adds a touch of sweetness and a nice subtle flavor. We love using local honey from our bee farmer friends. Did you know that depending on the time of year, local honey will vary in color and thickness? Now you can certainly use store-bought honey in this recipe as well.
- Pomegranate seeds – adds a burst of fruity flavor to the whipped goat cheese and makes for a pretty presentation that fits the Holiday theme.
- Pecans – toasted pecans add a nutty flavor and nice crunch to the goat cheese dip.
- Fresh herbs – the addition of fresh herbs not only adds beautiful color but also adds a delicious and earthy flavor to the recipe. We recommend topping the dip with fresh rosemary or thyme or a mix.
- Crackers or bread for serving – feel free to serve the dip with whatever you like. Some ideas include your favorite crackers, slices of french baguette, pretzels or apple slices.
Can Honey Whipped Goat Cheese be prepared a day or two in advance?
Yes, absolutely! It’s always helpful to have a couple of recipes that can be made ahead when cooking for a Holiday meal. Honey Whipped Goat Cheese Dip can be made a day or two in advance.
Simply whip together the goat cheese, cream cheese and honey and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also toast the pecans and store them in an airtight container or zip top bag.
Remove the whipped goat cheese from the refrigerator an hour before you plan to serve it as it’s best to be served at room temperature. Transfer it to a serving platter and top with the toasted pecans, pomegranate seed, fresh herb and drizzle of honey. Serve with crackers, slices of french baguette, apple slices or pretzels.
Other recipes that will make a tasty addition to your Holiday table and also pair ever-so-nicely with Erath’s Pinot.
- 8 oz. goat cheese, room temperature
- 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
- ¼ cup honey + more for drizzling
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
- ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted (omit for nut-free)
- 1–2 tsp. fresh rosemary and/or fresh thyme
- In a medium bowl combine the goat cheese, cream cheese and honey. With a hand mixer, whip the ingredients together starting at low speed and increasing the speed to high. Mix until smooth and fluffy. You may also do this in a standup mixer.
- Transfer the whipped goat cheese to a serving bowl or platter. Top with pomegranate seeds and pecans. Garnish with fresh herbs and drizzle with a little honey.
- Serve with your favorite crackers or on top of slices of a french baguette.
Notes: To toast the pecans, place the chopped pecans in a small pan over medium-low heat. Toss the nuts every minute or so. After about 5-7 minutes. The pecans are toasted when they start giving off a nice nutty aroma. Watch closely as they can burn quickly.
- Serving Size: 1 /10 of recipe (~3 Tbsp.)
- Calories: 150
- Sugar: 9 g
- Sodium: 150 mg
- Fat: 10 g
- Saturated Fat: 5 g
- Carbohydrates: 11 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 4 g
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About Stacie Hassing
Stacie is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian from rural southern Minnesota where she, her husband and daughter reside with their two pups. She’s a co-founder of The Real Food RDs and content creator of simple and wholesome recipes. She loves all kinds of fitness and has a passion to inspire as many as she can live a healthier and happier life both in and out of the kitchen – the driving force behind the co-development of the The Real Food RDs brand.