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Holiday Appetizers Gouda Truffles

It’s cocktail party season! You will undoubtedly be asked to bring an appetizer or two to a party this year. Whether you are gathering with your neighbors, colleagues, or dearests friends, and family, appetizer season is in full swing.

I am thrilled to share 4 of my favorite appetizers from this season’s cooking over the next few weeks, with one thing in common, they are as beautiful as they are scrumptious! Stay tuned for all the goodies, because your people will find them irresistible!

The first recipe up is my Cranberry Pecan Gouda Truffles.

This is not my first foray into the cheese truffle business. I’ve been inspired for years by the beautiful fresh goat cheesecakes of Provence.

Small hockey puck-sized cheesecakes, dusted with all kinds of herb mixtures and pretty peppers. They are out of this world, especially the ones topped with pink peppercorns!

In the past, I’ve reinterpreted the pucks into bite-sized cheese balls, rolled in all kinds of good things.

This year I opted for cream cheese as the base with shredded gouda cheese to create something smooth and nutty. Once the cheese mixture is combined and seasoned well, just roll small balls of cheese and coat them in chopped pecans, cranberries, and for a bit of freshness, parsley.

Serve the Cranberry Pecan Gouda Truffles in a martini glass with French bread or crackers, or arrange them on a board for easy access. Either way, guests will devour these nuggets of goodness.

Cranberry Pecan Gouda Truffles

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese

4 ounces of grated gouda

½ teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon orange zest

Pinch of cayenne pepper

½ cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped

½ cup chopped dried cranberries

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

In a small bowl mix cheeses with seasoning and orange zest.  Using a teaspoon roll small balls of the cheese laying them out on a tray.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Mix nuts, cranberries, and parsley in a shallow dish or plate.  Roll each chilled truffle in the nut mixture and arrange on a serving platter.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe and stay tuned for more appetizer recipes!

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5 Replies to “Holiday Appetizers Gouda Truffles”

  1. […] of posting some of the best appetizers from this year’s cooking season. I’ve posted Cranberry Pecan Gouda Truffles, Beef Stuffed Cocktail Peppers, Mediterranean Hummus, and now for my final fourth mouthwatering […]

  2. […] year’s cooking season. Last week I shared my Beef Stuffed Cocktail Peppers and before that my Cranberry Pecan Gouda Truffles. Today I am thrilled to share the third appetizer for this party season, Mediterranean […]

  3. […] I am sharing the second in my series of holiday appetizers. Last week, I posted my Cranberry Pecan Gouda Truffles and they were a total hit with […]

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    1. Of course! I hope you will enjoy!!

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Lorie Fangio is a teaching chef and the founder of A Taste of Paris culinary excursions. She shares her extensive knowledge of French food & culture through cooking classes, regular TV appearances, local publications, and speaking engagements. She is an award-winning food & lifestyle blogger with a zest for gathering people around a table.

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