Halloween is past us now and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching so today I am sharing Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Roll paired with sparkling wine from the Grocery Outlet 20% off wine sale with you. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year so that we don’t have to pack up all of our baby gear & lug it around. So my mind has been mulling over ideas. What can I put out for my guests as I try to balance a baby & complicated Thanksgiving dishes? My crazy requirements are:
- Must be less than five ingredients. I don’t have time to run around getting a million items.
- Must be done in less than five minutes. (Bonus if I can do it while holding my little one!)
- Must be sweet & salty so that it can be either an appetizer or set out after dinner European style for maximum flexibility.
What on earth is creative, delicious, & fits my insane restrictions? Let’s do a wine & cheese pairing!
My favorite cheese is goat cheese. You may remember me sharing about our adventures exploring the goat farm in Pescadero. Yep, I love goat cheese so much that I went off in search of the best! That being said, usually I am not going to go traipsing off to a farm to find a goat cheese for a dish on a regular basis. My nearby Grocery Outlet had some that I was able to pick up while grabbing my wine! Toss some goat cheese, walnuts (for salty), craisins (for a pretty, creative pop of color), & honey (for sweet), plus some crackers in your basket and some wine to pair with it and you are good to go!
The tricky question is what wine should you pair with this dish? Goat cheese has a very complex, funky taste to it that can be hard to figure out. Sauvignon Blanc is the wine most often chosen to accompany goat cheese and for good reason. “The zippy acidity in the wine matches the acidity in the cheese.” The combination of Sauvignon Blanc and goat cheese is fresh. This classic pairing has also come about because of the region. Both goat cheese (chevre) and Sauvignon Blanc come from the Loire Valley in France. You also might want to grab another crisp white such as Albarino, Chablis, or Pinot Grigio, but let’s be a little more creative than that. With the holidays coming up, I like to entertain with something that has a little bit more of pop to it!
Grocery Outlet has two great sparkling white wines that would be perfect for pairing with goat cheese that are on sale this week! You can always find great wines at an amazing price at Grocery Outlet. They have buyers who live in Napa & grab some great discounts. While there, they have a great cheese section and seriously, you can’t beat those prices!
I love finding my favorite local wines there. For this dish, grab a bottle of Indigo Eyes Sparkling Brut & Diama Extra Dry Prosecco. At that price, go ahead and grab a few. Stock up for the holidays! The sale runs from November 1st-7th. You can see details about the sale here.
- 1 log of goat cheese (8 oz)
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Prep a plate full of walnuts and dried cranberries. Spread them out in a thin layer. Drizzle honey on your log of goat cheese.
- Slowly roll your sticky log of goat cheese in the walnuts and dried cranberries, making sure to coat it well.
- If your goat cheese is soft, then simply mold the nuts and cranberries to the cheese.
- Serve beside crackers.
Don’t forget to swing by Grocery Outlet this week to pick up your favorite wines at 20% off!