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Goat Cheese With Pecans, Cherries And Bacon

This definitely beats the highly-processed cheese ball you get at the grocery store. Once you go goat cheese, you'll never go back.

Goat Cheese Ball

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

The cheese ball includes goat cheese, pecans, bacon and dried cherries. Thyme and rosemary leaves decorate the outside.

This is a one knife, one bowl recipe. Mix the cheese and add-ins with your hands — they’re some of the best tools in the kitchen!

Wrap up the cheese ball and keep it in your fridge for up to a week. It only gets better with age.

Goat Cheese Ball With Pecans, Cherries And Bacon


  • one pound soft goat cheese
  • dried cherries (or cranberries)
  • pecans, roughly chopped
  • pepper bacon, cut into little pieces
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • rosemary leaves
  • thyme leaves

Cooking Directions

  1. To the goat cheese, add cherries, pecans and bacon. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Mix the cheese and add-ins by hand. (It should end up looking like a very large softball.)
  3. Decorate the outside with rosemary and thyme leaves.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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