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How to make the best goat cheese board

How to make the best goat cheese board

You know those viral butter boards? Well how about a goat cheese board? A big board slathered with yummy tangy goat cheese and various toppings is a great appetizer for the holidays or getting together with friends! Scroll down to see how to make the best goat cheese board.

And all of you charcuterie lovers are in for a real treat today! Because I am participating in a blog hop all about different kinds of charcuterie boards. If you are coming from Tammy from The White Lilac Farmhouse, welcome, and I hope you stick around! Also, how perfect is her hot chocolate board?

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And as always, I love to see what you create, so be sure to tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

How to make the best goat cheese board

How to make a goat cheese board You will need:

  • a large board
  • goat cheese (I used 2 logs)
  • toppings

When choosing toppings you can pick whatever you want but here are some things that I think are great options:

  • nuts
  • dried fruits (aprciots, cherries, cranberries)
  • jellies, preserves or an apple/pumpkin butter
  • cured meats
  • fresh herbs
  • drizzle with honey, balsamic glaze, olive oil
  • serve with some crackers, pita chips, or crostini

I chose to make a trio of different flavors so there’s a variety but you can do whatever you’d like!

Here is my recipe:

You will want to start by taking your goat cheese out of the refrigerator and allowing to get to room temp to make it easy to spread. Using a spoon or spatula, spread onto your board. Goat cheese board whipped goat cheese Divide the board into 3 sections lengthwise. In the first section, top with dried cherries, dried apricots and nuts. Drizzle with honey. goat cheese board In the middle, top with some pepper jelly. goat cheese with red pepper jelly On the last section, top with blackberries, chopped basil, grated lemon and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Goat cheese board Doesn’t this look delicious??? how to make the best goat cheese

 

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How to make the best goat cheese board

My friend Wendy made the best Christmas morning breakfast board. Click here to go to her next!

 

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And for more charcuterie board inspiration, check out all of these ideas from my friends below.

 

 

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Not so Antipasta salad

Not so antipasta salad

Welcome to the first of hopefully many Summer Salads recipes!  I love making all different kinds of salads over the summer to serve for dinner. I’m sharing this easy and delicious not so antipasta salad. It has all the flavors of a traditional antipasta salad but with the pasta! Make it ahead of time and serve cool when the days are long and hot and you don’t feel like cooking, and enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day. Scroll down for this easy recipe.

Not so antipasta salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cooked pasta
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 jar banana peppers, drained
  • 1 cup olives (halved)
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
  • pepperoni (cut into small chunks)
  • fresh mozzarella balls
  • olive oil and vinegar dressing (I used a three cheese olive oil and vinegar from Aldi, sooo good)

Not so antipasta salad

Directions:

  1. Cook 1 box of pasta until al dente and drain. (I usually will do this ahead of time so that it is chilled and store in my refrigerator in a large ziploc bag).
  2. In a large bowl combine the pasta and chopped vegetable/other salad ingredients.
  3. Top with dressing. (I used about 1/4-1/2 the bottle but you can add more the next day when having leftovers).
  4. Serve chilled and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Not so antipasta salad

 

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Not so antipasta salad

Not so antipasta salad

This salad has all the flavors of an antipasta salad but with the pasta! It's the perfect summer dinner when its super hot out and you want something cold.
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta cooked
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 jar banana peppers drained
  • 1 cup olives halved
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes drained and chopped
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes drained and chopped
  • 1 cup pepperoni cut into small pieces
  • 1 container fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 bottle olive oil and vinegar dressing more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook 1 box of pasta until al dente and drain. (I usually will do this ahead of time so that it is chilled and store in my refrigerator in a large ziploc bag).
  • In a large bowl combine the pasta and chopped vegetable/other salad ingredients.
  • Top with dressing. (I used about 1/4-1/2 the bottle but you can add more the next day when having leftovers).
  • Serve chilled and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Keyword pasta, salad

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Weeknight Chicken Sausage Pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

This is such an easy weeknight meal and pure comfort food without being too heavy! I usually make enough for leftovers to have for lunch the next day. Chicken sausage with warm creamy pasta and peppery arugula topped with fresh Parmesan cheese (I use mozzarella for the boys because they don’t like “stinky cheese”).  Sharing my recipe below.

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Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta (I used shells because that's the boy's favorite)
  • olive oil (for heating the pan)
  • 2 packages roasted red pepper chicken sausage (I used alfesco brand) cut into rounds
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/2 bottle Annie's goddess dressing
  • parmesean cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, start to boil your water for pasta.
  • While your water is boiling, in a separate pan, heat a little olive oil and start to brown your sausage. Remove from heat once browned and set aside.
  • Once water comes to a boil, add your pasta and cook until al dente, then drain.
  • After draining your pasta, remove the pot from heat and add in pasta and sausage. Add a little oilve oil if needed so that the pasta doesn't stick together.
  • Mix in arugula and it will begin to wilt.
  • Stir in Goddess dressing (add more to taste if you wish).
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve!
Keyword pasta, weeknight

 

 

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How to make the ultimate steak charcuterie board

How to make the ultimate steak charcuterie board

With Father’s Day approaching I knew that I wanted to do something a little special. One of Rick and my dad’s favorite meals is steak and potatoes. Charcuterie boards are my love language and I’ve seen so many different fun combinations on pinterest when I saw the idea for a steak board! I took it for a little test drive last weekend and not only was it beautiful but delish as well! Here I’m showing you how to make the ultimate steak charcuterie board!

And scroll down to see a few other ideas for Father’s Day dessert and some gift guide ideas.

 

How To Make the Ultimate Steak Charcuterie Board

You will need:

  • a board – I like a large one like this on Amazon
  • steak (I chose rib eye and NY strip)
  • vegetables (I wanted lots of color so I did corn, peppers, onions and asparagus)
  • potatoes
  • fruit (I made a little salad of peaches, mozzerella, fresh basil and balsamic glaze)
  • nuts
  • bread
  • cheese
  • butter
  • any condiments (Think chimichurri, balsamic glaze, fig jam, … mmmmm)

 

How to assemble your board:

This is the fun part because there’s no right or wrong. The key is to pick quality ingredients and let them shine!

1.) Start by laying out your board.

2.) Allow your steaks to rest and then slice and place on the board.

3.) Add your veggies, potatoes and condiments. You can use little ramekins or bowls to keep them contained if you want too!

4.) Place your cheese and sliced breads next.

5.) Fill in any holes or gaps with your nuts and fruit.

 

The opportunities are literally endless and these are great for entertaining, date night, or when you just want to do something a little special.

For more board ideas, check out my summer burrata board

 

Serve with one of these tasty margaritas! Click here to check out 9 of the Best Margaritas!

For the perfect Father’s Day dessert, check out my Strawberry Cheesecake trifle. This is Rick’s fave!!!

For Father’s Day Gift Ideas click here to check out my Father’s Day Gift Guide with gift ideas he will actually want!

 

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