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Savory Goat Cheese Log Appetizer Recipe with Rose and Sumac

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This goat cheese log appetizer recipe is the ultimate party food! With edible dried rose petals, sumac and pink peppercorns, it’s unique, pink, and tastes amazing.

With the tangy goat cheese and interesting ingredients, it’s one of my favorite quick and easy appetizers to serve for girl’s nights or baby/ bridal showers. But you won’t want to share.

An easy appetizer with goat cheese on a plate next to a bowl of sliced bread.
This Goat Cheese Log appetizer recipe is so quick and easy.

Easy Goat Cheese Log Appetizer Recipe Idea

A homemade goat cheese log recipe is easy to follow and make perfectly in just minutes.

It took me a really long time to enjoy goat cheese. But now that I do, I like to use it as much as possible! From a simple egg scramble to Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with goat cheese, it’s a delicious ingredient!

I made this pink and gold goat cheese appetizer for a For Like, Ever-themed bridal shower. I don’t generally match my food to my color scheme but this was just too perfect. And the flavor is craveable.

Why this recipe works

A goat cheese log is one of the easiest appetizers you can make. A store-bought log is creamy and tangy and adding a savory spice mix to coat it is quick and simple.

While the ingredients used in this goat cheese appetizer are out of the ordinary, they are worth taking the time to track down. Plus you’ll be able to make several batches of this goat cheese log recipe once you have them.

The creamy goat cheese pairs perfectly with the kick from the pink peppercorns, the slight citrus notes of the sumac. The interesting and crave-worthy taste of the dried rose petals makes this a fun pink appetizer to serve any time you need a tasty snack.

Served on crostini (a fancy name for sliced, toasted bread), it’s a tasty party treat that guests can serve themselves and is fine to leave out at room temperature.

When I serve this, people always look at me funny, because of the dried rose petals. And then they taste it and enjoy the heck out of it!

Ingredient Notes

Labeled ingredients for a goat cheese log appetizer on a table.
What you need to make a Goat Chees Log for a party.

Note: Make sure to plan ahead when you make this recipe as these are not ingredients that you would find in your corner grocery store (but pretty easy to find online).

This recipe has freaking rose petals in it. I mean, it doesn’t get classier than that. I came across this recipe in a magazine and it was created by Laura Santinni. She also added gold flakes to her goat cheese log.

EDIBLE GOLD! Crazy right?! It’s expensive so I just substituted these cute gold stars when I made it for the bridal shower. But usually, I skip that part altogether.

The star of the show is the dried, edible rose petals. They are food-grade and have a gorgeous color. The flavor is unique and you can use them a number of ways (including rimming a glass of champagne).

I buy my dried rose petals online but you can also usually find them at a middle-eastern market if you have one near you.

Pink peppercorns boost the pink color even more. I find that pink peppercorns aren’t quite as harsh as black pepper. There is a bit of heat if you bite into a larger piece but it’s really tasty.

Sumac is a spice you don’t see every day but after I started making this savory Goat Cheese Log, I now use it in a bunch of other dishes.

Maldon sea salt is my favorite! Sometimes the chunks are pretty large but it’s not overly salty. It can add a nice crunch and it’s the perfect finishing touch to this recipe.

Most stores carry plain goat cheese logs. Trader Joe’s has a great price on them and Costco is great if you are having a party. You can use larger logs (like the 10.5 ounces log that I’ve shown) or use several smaller logs.

A drizzle of good quality olive oil adds a tasty finishing touch (or you can skip it. It won’t ruin this appetizer recipe, I promise).

I like to serve this with sliced baguette, that is very lightly toasted. But it would be good on crackers, or paired with veggies too.

How to Make this Rose and Sumac Goat Cheese Log

A bowl with dried rose petals on a counter next to small bowls with other spices.

Step 1: Grind the spices

If you have a spice mill, grind your rose petals and peppercorns.

Don’t grind the rose petals down to a powder. You want to be able to see a bit of the petals (but ideally they should end up a bit smaller than in this photo).

I don’t own a spice mill so I sometimes have to put the pink peppercorns into sandwich bags and beat the hell out of them. I say sandwich bags because the edges of whatever you’re trying to smash them with will inevitably tear the bag closest to the spice…

A bowl with spices and a goat cheese log that will coated for an easy appetizer recipe.

Step 2: Make the Spice Mix

Mix rose petals, sumac and peppercorns together and spread on a plate or shallow bowl.

Step 3: Coat the Goat Cheese

Roll the goat cheese log in the spice mix to cover it until coated on all sides.

Sprinkle with gold, if using.

Close up of sliced crostini in a bowl.

Slice your baguette or if you are lucky, you can find pre-sliced crostini at your local grocery store. It saves so much time especially if you are hosting a party. It doesn’t matter if the pieces are a little dry since you are baking them to toast them anyway.

To Make Crostini

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the sliced baguette on a large baking sheets. Lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake in oven, approximately 10 minutes until just turning golden brown.
A spice crusted goat cheese log appetizer on a plate garnished with edible flowers with a small pitcher of olive oil next to it on a table.

Serve

Place the rose and sumac-coated goat cheese log on a serving plate. I garnished it with some fresh rosemary and edible flowers.

Drizzle with olive oil or set out a tiny pitcher of olive oil for people to add to the serving on their plate.

Goat cheese log, rolled in rose petals and sumac on a plate with a cheese knife.

Here is an image from my original post. This is a shot of this easy goat cheese party appetizer on the snack table.

Tips and Tricks

  • Keep the goat cheese log refrigerated as you prepare the spices. It will remain firm while you are coating it with herbs.
  • You can coat the goat cheese log ahead of time and store it in the fridge until serving. Let sit out at room temperature for about minutes before serving.
  • If serving at a party, consider using smaller goat cheese logs so that you can set one out early in the party and refresh with a second one later on.
  • If you aren’t a huge fan of goat cheese, you can cut it with some softened cream cheese. Just make sure they are both room temperature and blend them together before reforming them back into a log.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can’t make this without the rose petals. Well, I mean you can but it would taste totally different. Really, any way you serve a goat cheese log is going to be good.

If you don’t have sumac, you can substitute some lemon zest and salt. And if you don’t have pink peppercorns, you can use any other peppercorns.

If you have to, you can substitute softened cream cheese, formed into a log shape. It will be much tangier but it’s probably the only substitution I would use in place of goat cheese.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sumac?

Sumac is a dried and powdered fruit of a flowering plant that is used in Middle Eastern cooking. It has a bit of a tart flavor with hints of citrus. It’s so good sprinkled on hummus or any dish that you want to brighten up. It’s great to use in place of sprinkled lemon and would be awesome on a salad. 

How much does this appetizer cost to make?

The cost is about $30 to make so this isn’t on the cheaper side. I certainly wouldn’t pay that for an everyday appetizer but you will have spices leftover and can probably make it 4-6 more times. The prices for goat cheese vary so you just need to check around. 

How do you store leftovers of this goat cheese log appetizer?

To store leftovers, wrap the goat cheese log with rose and sumac tightly in a piece of plastic wrap (you can even place this inside a storage bag or container to make extra sure it’s as air-tight as possible). Store it in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for about 3 days.

Where can I find these ingredients?

Check your local grocery stores, especially local international markets. Look to see if you have a spice store near you or can buy them online. Savory Spice Shop is my favorite. Buy them from Amazon: dried edible rose petals, sumac, pink peppercorns, sea salt

Can you make a sweet goat cheese log?

Yes! Goat cheese is a versatile ingredient and pairs just as well with sweet ingredients as it does with savory.

Edible flowers surrounding a savory goat cheese log on a plate next to a bowl of crostini.
This savory Goat Cheese Log is my go-to party appetizer for bridal and baby showers.

This goat cheese crostini appetizer serves 8 (but if you serve it with other things it can feed a lot more). Or you can eat it all by yourself. Because that’s what I do.

A crostini on a plate spread with goat cheese spread.

You HAVE to make this easy appetizer! It’s so good. I wanted to play up the girliness of the goat cheese appetizer log for the bridal shower I hosted, but it really does work perfectly for any type of party.

More Goat Cheese Recipes

Close up of a Rose Petal Goat Cheese Log Appetizer.

Goat Cheese Log with Rose and Sumac

THIS IS MY FAVORITE EASY APPETIZER! The rose petals and sumac make this Goat Cheese Log totally unique and crazy delicious! It's a great party snack recipe!
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 124kcal
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Grind dried rose petals and pink peppercorns in a spice mill. (Leave pieces, do not grind to a powder).
  • Mix together ground rose petals and pink peppercorn with the sumac and sea salt.
  • Spread on a plate and roll goat cheese log until coated.
  • Sprinkle with gold, if using.
  • Drizzle logs with olive oil.
  • Serve with lightly toasted crostini.

Notes

  • If you can’t find a goat cheese log this size, you can use several smaller logs.
  • Keep the goat cheese log refrigerated as you prepare the spices. It will remain firm while you are coating it with herbs.
  • You can coat the goat cheese log ahead of time and store it in the fridge until serving. Let sit out at room temperature for about minutes before serving.
  • If serving at a party, consider using smaller goat cheese logs so that you can set one out early in the party and refresh with a second one later on.
  • If you aren’t a huge fan of goat cheese, you can cut it with some softened cream cheese. Just make sure they are both room temperature and blend them together before reforming back into a log.
  • To store a pre-made goat cheese log or leftovers, wrap the log tightly in plastic wrap then place in a plastic storage bag in the refrigerator for 3 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 8Servings | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 719mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 Comments

    1. Sharon Garofalow says:

      Thanks for sharing! Who knew cheese could be so easy on the eyes! :)

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