My favorite savory Strawberry Jam with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese. Creamy goat cheese, whipped with sweet honey, salt, and pepper. Serve the jam and cheese over grilled bread and top with a tart strawberry balsamic jam. This is the simplest of appetizers, yet so amazingly GOOD – and pretty too! Enjoy for breakfast, brunch, a quick (and easy) lunch, or as a simple appetizer for your next summer picnic.
I am so excited to share this simple recipe! Way, way back when, when we first started Half Baked Harvest. I created a recipe for blueberry balsamic jam with mozzarella toast.
I remember sharing that recipe and feeling so excited. It was (and honestly still is) a great one!
When I first started out, I had no fear. I didn’t second guess anything I was sharing, and I always felt so happy to share my creativity. Over the years, I’ve lost a little of that confidence, but it’s back today because even though this recipe is different, it’s so good!
And just the prettiest, which you know I love.
Step 1: make the jam
I always make the jam first. It’s very easy to do and you don’t need anything special. You’ll need strawberries, lemon juice, maple syrup or honey, balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Drop the fresh sliced strawberries into a medium size pot on the stove. Mix with the lemon juice and boil until the jam thickens up. Then just before you take the jam off the heat, add the honey and balsamic vinegar.
The honey helps sweeten and thicken the jam, the vinegar is for yumminess.
You can let the jam cool, then store in the fridge for a week or so.
Step 2: the goat cheese
When you’re ready to serve the jam, first mix up the goat cheese. Add goat cheese to a food processor with cream cheese, honey, and salt. Then whip everything together until the cheese is light and creamy, it’s easy.
If you’re new to goat cheese, it’s creamy, a little tangy, and I always find it pairs best with something sweet. Typically that means a drizzle of honey, but adding fresh berries really kicks things up.
Step 3: serve it
You can enjoy this jam and whipped goat cheese in so many ways. But my two favorite ways are crostini-style over grilled bread or dip-style with the goat cheese in a bowl and the strawberries on top.
I love to grill up ciabatta bread, then smear the warm bread with the creamy goat cheese. The berries go on top with basil, thyme, and a pinch of sea salt.
Notes, swaps, and substitutions
If you don’t love goat cheese, use cubed feta cheese and whip it with some honey.
For the herbs, you can use any mix of fresh herbs that you love most. I find basil and thyme to pair perfectly with sweet strawberries.
And lastly, while strawberries are my go-to for this crostini, raspberries, blackberries, or even blueberries would all work well. Peaches would be great too!
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Strawberry Jam with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese
Calories Per Serving: 130 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1. To make the jam: Add the strawberries and lemon juice to a medium-sized pot set over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, once boiling, use a spoon to break down and mash the berries. Continue to cook for 5-8 minutes or until the jam has reduced and thickened by 1/3. Mix in the honey, then the balsamic vinegar. Remove from the heat and let cool. This should thicken more as it cools.2. To make the goat cheese: Add the goat cheese, cream cheese, honey, and a pinch of salt to a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. The goat cheese mix can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, but bring to room temp before serving.3. To serve: spread warm onto grilled bread with whipped goat cheese. Top with strawberry jam, basil, thyme, and flaky sea salt. Or, spoon the goat cheese into a serving bowl and top with the warm jam. Add basil, thyme, and sea salt. Serve with bread or crackers.
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The calorie count does not include the bread