Fast and Easy Basil and Goat Cheese Appetizer

This is a delicious appetizer recipe that my grandmother gave to me. Since it is a family recipe, the measurements aren't exact, but I tried my best to give you good measurements here. This recipe is for 40 tiny little basil bites. This appetizer is less to fill you up and more to give you a fresh burst of flavor that really tastes like summer, and it looks beautiful arranged on a plate. Your friends and family will probably tell you "Oh, it's gourmet!" as mine did :)

Ingredients You'll Need for 40 Gourmet Basil Bites

3/4 cup of pine nuts

8 oz package of goat cheese, softened at room temperature

3 tablespoons of heavy cream

olive oil to drizzle

salt and ground black pepper to taste

From the garden:

40 large basil leaves. Get them fresh and try to pick the ones that are not bruised or eaten.

1 large tomato or 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped


Stuffed Basil Leaves
Stuffed Basil Leaves

Directions

1. Toast the pine nuts over medium-low. Do this is a dry skillet and stir them every so often. Heat them until they are golden-brown and fragrant. It will take 2-5 minutes, depending on your stove. Let them cool and set them aside.

2. Mix the goat cheese, heavy whipping cream, salt, and pepper with a fork until you get a smooth and creamy blend.

3. Wash and dry the basil leaves. Dallop about a teaspoon of the cheese mixture into the center of each basil leaf.

4. Press a pinch of the pine nuts into the cheese.

5. Sprinkle the finely chopped tomato over the top of everything

6. Pinch the sides of each leaf together to make tiny little cups.

7. Drizzle the dish with olive oil, and voila, you're fresh and fancy.

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eye-see 5 years ago from canada

This looks really good, thanks for sharing, a definite vote up!


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

This sounds good to me. I love basil and goat cheese. Voted up and thanks for sharing.


calmyourbeans 5 years ago

So simple, love basil!


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US Author

@eye-see- Thanks for the vote and comment! It is delicious!

@Thelma Alberts- I do too, they are two of my favorite ingredients. Another wonderfully fresh dish with basil is pesto...mmmm :D Thank you for the vote.

@Calmyourbeans- Thanks for the comment, I love it too! I just had to freeze all the basil in my garden!


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa

I love the simplicity. Just goes to show that simple food equals good food. This sounds and looks delicious! Voted up.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US Author

@rsusan- Good to see you back here! It is very simple and easy. The fresh combo doesn't involve cooking, which I guess is one of the reasons why the flavors burst the way they do. I hope you like it, now it's getting to be spring where you are so you'll be able to enjoy these ingredients fresh. I made this dish tons of times over the summer because my basil plants were over-producing.


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa

Yes, stephaniedas, we have in fact just had the most glorious, sunny spring day! So, lots of fresh, green goodies (for recipes like these) to look forward to...


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lobobrandon 5 years ago

Yummy :) straight from the garden - fresh and juicy


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US Author

@rsusan- maybe I'll buy a vacation home in South Africa, because I hate the winter and I hate not having fresh vegetables and fruits to eat every day. In the middle of January, I'd murder for some fresh lettuce.

@lobobrandon- a gardening aficionado like you can appreciate this wholesome recipe. Thanks for commenting here :)


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa

That sounds like a plan, stephaniedas! Many folks come here for their winter. And fruits and veggies abound - that's why I love to juice. Yes, if you love recipes such as the one above, I can picture you being quite content here...


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lobobrandon 5 years ago

we don't get goats cheese here so I'll miss out on this :(


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US Author

@lobobrandon- why don't you get goat cheese where you live? Where are you, anyway?


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Mmmm...what a wonderful way to use fresh basil. This time of year, mine is almost gone, but I have tons of it in my herb garden in the summer..I'll have to keep this recipe! Thanks for sharing!


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US Author

@Stephanie Henkel- I know, mine is all gone too, I have cut it and frozen it for the season. I was a bit late in posting this recipe, but going through my recipes, I remembered it and decided it was worthy of a hub. Also, I figured the Southern Hemisphere hubbers could use it. Thanks for the comment.


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lobobrandon 5 years ago

I live in India, we do get goats cheese but it's not high quality..


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US Author

Oh, I thought that people did keep milk goats in India. Well, any type of soft cow's cheese will be good as well, I'm sure.


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lobobrandon 5 years ago

Yes we do get goats cheese but their imported :) Not where I live though


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

This looks simply delicious!! I love goat cheese, and I love basil, so this sounds like a match made in heaven to me. I'll have to give it a try!


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US Author

Hey Simone Smith- I like goat cheese and basil a lot too. It's a wonderful little appetizer.


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Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals

This is a MUST try Steph. Pine nuts, basil and goat cheese should be something like spring flavors and the tastiest of all the tastiest combined together? - I can't wait! Thanks for this, I find it easy to prepare and perfect for a Christmas surprise. Happy Holidays!


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stephaniedas 3 years ago from Miami, US Author

Haha, I love your comment Tonipet! You're right-- I didn't think that this food uses all Christmas colors, so you could make it during the holidays. It is soooo good, and super easy!

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