Starters

Savoury Truffles with Fresh Goat Cheese and Pistachio Nuts

Finger food is the smartest way to serve appetizers at a cocktail party: when one hand is holding a glass of exquisite Prosecco, the other hand must be enough to grab canapés and small sandwiches!

And the best finger food to serve is the one that is quick to prepare and requires zero cooking – just like these bite-sized fresh cheese treats.


Serves: 4 to 5 | Preparation time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 0 mins

  • Fresh goat cheese: 100 g
  • Pistachio nuts: 100 g
  • Parmesan, grated: 30 g
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): 1 tbsp
  • Black pepper: to taste

Method

Coarsely chop the pistachio nuts and set them aside in a large and shallow bowl.

Tip: You can chop the pistachio nuts by using a knife or by quickly blending them in a food processor; just mind not to grind them too finely, as you need some coarse pistachio crumbs and not a pistachio powder.

Mix together the fresh cheese and the parmesan in a bowl, along with the pepper, the olive oil and 2 teaspoons of the ground pistachio nuts. Stir thoroughly to distribute the ingredients evenly.

Use your fingers to shape the cheese mixture into small balls, with a diameter of about 1 cm. Coat each cheese-ball with the pistachio nuts by rolling it on the ground nuts in the shallow bowl.

Place the cheese-balls on a serving tray and let them cool down in the fridge for about half an hour. Take them out of the fridge 10 minutes before serving them to your guests.

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