Grilled goat's cheese with cranberry dressing

Grilled goat's cheese with cranberry dressing

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 6
A smart veggie starter that will impress even the biggest foodie at your dinner table

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal200
  • fat15g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre1g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.61g
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  • 2 red-skinned apples



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 x 100g Capricorn goat's cheese, halved horizontally
  • 2 tbsp cranberry jelly
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 25g pecan
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 2 chicory heads, separated into leaves



    Also known as endive, chicory is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for…

  • handful radish sprouts (available from larger supermarkets) or watercress


  1. Quarter, core, then thinly slice the apple into a bowl with the lemon juice and 1 tbsp water. Toss well, as this stops the apples going brown.

  2. Heat grill to high, then line your grill rack with foil. Put the cheeses rind-side down on the foil, then set aside for a moment.

  3. Drain 2 tbsp of the juice from the apple bowl into another small bowl and discard the rest. Add the cranberry sauce, oil and honey with some seasoning, and whisk to form a dressing. Grill the cheeses for 4 mins, then scatter the nuts on and around the cheeses and return to the grill to cook for a few mins more – but take care that the nuts don’t burn.

  4. Arrange the apple, chicory and radish sprouts or watercress on 6 plates, then carefully top with the hot melted cheese. Scatter over the nuts, spoon over the dressing and serve straight away.

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14th Jan, 2015
I really hate goats cheese, but my B/F loves it and I am always trying to revisit foods that I don't like as your tastes change, so I decided to try this, albeit with a very mild goats cheese. It's lush. Grilling the cheese really changes the flavour and texture of it, and it goes so well with the honey and cranberry sweetness. I could not find pecans so used walnuts, and it was a resounding success, so much so that I have been craving this every day, so to convert a goats cheese hater in to a goats cheese lover it must be a great recipe!!
26th Dec, 2011
Made this as a starter before Christmas lunch and it went down very well. Very easy to make and delicious as well. I used rocket and the dressing complemented the goats cheese and the nuts. Will be making it again soon.
26th Dec, 2011
Simple and yummy! A definite crowd pleaser at Christmas time! Goes well with the cracked pepper and figgy bread.
6th Oct, 2011
Very nice and easy to make!
14th Aug, 2011
Made this starter for friends, they and husband loved it. Very easy and looked impressive.
5th May, 2011
This was delicious and impressed our friends when we served it at a recent dinner party. Used watercress instead of chicory and cranberry sauce (Sainsbury's taste the difference range) instead of jelly, really enjoyed making this and would certainly make again.
25th Dec, 2010
Really easy and tasty, looked great too.
2nd Dec, 2010
Tried this out the other night for a Christmas starter, I used watercress rather than chicory and it was superb. Really light, quick and with the cranberry aspect spot on for the big day!
18th Aug, 2010
I cooked this as a starter for some friends. I did add a small round of baguette for the cheese to sit on and I didn't use pecans as I don't like them but, all in all, this was a really tasty starter.
23rd Mar, 2009
Lovely, really enjoyed this served with a mixed leave salad instead of the chicory and used loads of pecans they taste yummy toasted with the cheese.


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