Pistachio Bacon Date Cheese Log is an easy appetizer! Add dates, bacon, and pistachio, and drizzle honey for the perfect crusted cheese log!

goat cheese log with bacon and pistachios

Friends, do you feel you’re in a rut when it comes to inviting people over, even for a quick appetizer outside? I like making cheese logs when entertaining at home, because you can whip them up in no time. And if you feel inspired, may your own Homemade Cheese Crackers!

Pistachio Bacon Date Cheese Log

For this Pistachio Bacon Date Cheese Log, you can also substitute ingredients (nuts for nuts, dried fruit for another kind of dried fruit). If you love walnuts, try my Walnut-Crusted Goat Cheese with Thyme Honey recipe!

plate of Pistachio Bacon Date Cheese Logs with bread

Make your own Cheese Log

Here’s a quick appetizer for fall and the holidays: Pistachio Bacon Date and Cheese Log. Easy and delish, served with your favorite crackers, bread, and fruit.

We’ve had friends who do not eat goat cheese, so you can swap this out for cream cheese!

Pistachio Bacon Date Cheese Log with crostini

Get rid of the negative voices

Most of you know I wrote an entire book on “being reluctant to entertain.” One of the excuses we have when wanting to practice hospitality is: I don’t know what to serve! Or, it’s just too much work. True. It takes planning and a little money to host people. But there are ways to do it, and in the end, it’s so rewarding to be with people.

bacon on a goat cheese log

Make a list of five easy appetizers, and make them over and over. Rotate them (and master them) so you can do this in your sleep!

Or, make a small easy cheese board.

Just keep it simple!

bacon cheese log cut in half

Ingredients for a goat cheese log

  • Goat cheese
  • Dates
  • Pistachios
  • Honey
  • Bacon
  • Bread or crackers

serving a Pistachio Bacon Date Cheese Log

How to make a Pistachio Bacon Date Cheese Log

Mix together the pistachios and dates. With your hands, gently roll the goat cheese into the mixture until coated. Be gentle and try not to break the log.

But guess what? If the log breaks, no worries! Gently squeeze it back together!

Transfer the goat cheese to a serving plate.

Pistachio Bacon Date Cheese Log

How to serve a Goat Cheese Log

After the log is prepared, you can serve it right away, or wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge.

Drizzle with honey and top with the crumbled bacon. Serve with bread or crackers!

More goat cheese toppings

Feel free to add your favorite toppings, like dried cranberries, apricots, pepitas, or raisins.

Also swap out the nuts for chopped hazelnuts (yes, we are from Oregon and they are super popular here), walnuts, or pecans!

This easy appetizer has been gobbled up, over and over the last couple of months!

What toppings will you add to your Goat Cheese Log?

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Pistachio Bacon Date Cheese Log

Ingredients

  • 10.5 oz goat cheese log, lightly softened
  • 1/3 c dates, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1/8 c honey
  • 2-3 strips cooked bacon, crumbled or chopped
  • Bread or crackers to serve

Instructions

  • In a small, shallow baking dish, preferably a bit longer than the Goat Cheese Log, mix together the chopped pistachios and dates. Place log in the dish and gently roll into the mixture until coated. Be gentle and try not to break the log, but if the log breaks, no worries! Gently squeeze it back together, and keep rolling, pushing the chopped ingredients into the log.
  • Transfer the goat cheese to a serving plate. Drizzle with honey and top with the crumbled bacon. Serve with bread or crackers.
  • Optional to make and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve!
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bacon and pistachios on a goat cheese log

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