September 26, 2016

Honey, Basil, and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Spread

This post is sponsored by Buzz + Bloom Honey through my participation in the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

Honey, Basil, and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Spread is an easy to make, yet elegant appetizer made with fresh goat cheese that is rolled in pepper and panko then topped with a generous drizzle of honey and fresh basil.  It all comes together in just minutes!

 Honey, Basil, and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Spread is an easy to make, yet elegant appetizer made with fresh goat cheese that is rolled in pepper and panko then topped with a generous drizzle of honey and fresh basil.  It all comes together in just minutes! #BuzznBloom #sponsored @BuzznBloom

I have a pretty solid pantry.  I believe that a well-stocked pantry is the key to a happy and functional kitchen.  There are a lot of basic items that I always have on hand because I use them so much.  One of the most used ingredients in my kitchen that you can always find in my pantry is honey!  We use honey 'round these parts like it's going out of style.  The good news?  That golden nectar of the Gods we call honey is never going to go out of style.

As a matter of fact, honey even has it's own month-long celebration.  That's right, September is National Honey Month.  In celebration of all things honey, I am super excited to tell you about my new fave honey from Buzz + Bloom Honey!  But before I do, I feel like I have to add a little disclaimer here.

Honey, Basil, and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Spread is an easy to make, yet elegant appetizer made with fresh goat cheese that is rolled in pepper and panko then topped with a generous drizzle of honey and fresh basil.  It all comes together in just minutes! #BuzznBloom #sponsored @BuzznBloom

As much as I love honey, the truth is, not every honey out there is created equal.  Sure, the bees do their hard work to produce the honey, but then most honey out there on supermarket shelves is overheated, over filtered and over processed, stripping it of its natural pollens and nutrients before it finally ends up in your pantry.  No bueno.

Real honey has natural pollen in it. That’s why Buzz + Bloom Honey only gently strains their honey, ensuring that it retains naturally-occurring pollen.  That pollen has so many nutritious benefits, why would you want to remove them?  Buzz + Bloom Honey is also packaged at a lower temperature than most supermarket honeys to help maintain the beneficial enzymes and antioxidants that help make honey a true super food.

Basically, Buzz + Bloom Honey gets it.

Honey, Basil, and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Spread is an easy to make, yet elegant appetizer made with fresh goat cheese that is rolled in pepper and panko then topped with a generous drizzle of honey and fresh basil.  It all comes together in just minutes! #BuzznBloom #sponsored @BuzznBloom

Here's a fun fact about honey for all of the honey lovers out there:

The pollen found in honey verifies the honey’s floral source and country of origin.  Did you know that?  That's one of the things that makes Buzz + Bloom Honey unique.  Their honeys are sourced from trusted beekeepers in the United States, Brazil, Vietnam, Ethiopia and around the world, delivering an unparalleled and unique taste experience in each and every variety.  So cool, right?!

Gah, honey is so amazing.  And Buzz + Bloom Honey is globally-sourced, craft-style honey, making it super uber amazing.

Honey, Basil, and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Spread is an easy to make, yet elegant appetizer made with fresh goat cheese that is rolled in pepper and panko then topped with a generous drizzle of honey and fresh basil.  It all comes together in just minutes! #BuzznBloom #sponsored @BuzznBloom

I like to use honey as topper for yogurt and chia pudding, but if you know me, you know I'm a savory girl at heart.  My absolute favorite way to eat honey is alongside a nice bold cheese.  Sweet, savory, salty all in one.

Honey, Basil, and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Spread is an easy to make, yet elegant appetizer made with fresh goat cheese that is rolled in pepper and panko then topped with a generous drizzle of honey and fresh basil.  It all comes together in just minutes! #BuzznBloom #sponsored @BuzznBloomFor this recipe, I decided to pair Buzz + Bloom's Bold & Floral Honey with smooth, decadent goat cheese.  I added the zip of some fresh pepper, the crunch of toasted panko, and some fragrant fresh basil and I was in honey heaven.  Do you like to use honey in sweet or savory dishes?  Tell me your favorite honey pairing in the comments below!


Want to learn more about Buzz + Bloom Honey?  Learn more about Buzz + Boom Honey's 14 varieties (including Organic Non-GMO, Raw & Unfiltered, Fair Trade Certified, Spreadable Honeys, and Single-Serve honey packets) at BuzzandBloomHoney.com!

Oh, and one more thing before we get to the recipe nitty gritty.

I think it is important to note that Buzz + Bloom Honey is committed to protecting the health and vitality of the honey bee.  Buzz + Bloom Honey proudly supports Planet Bee Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping to heighten awareness of the struggling honey bee population through research, education and community stewardship.

Save the bees, yo!


Honey, Basil, and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Spread

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Ingredients
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 oz. fresh goat cheese log
  • 2 tbsp Buzz + Bloom Bold & Floral Honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • crackers, for serving
  • fresh fruit, optional

Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the breadcrumbs to the hot oil and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, until golden.  Remove from the pan and season the breadcrumbs with the pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Roll the goat cheese log in the breadcrumb mixture.  Drizzle with the Buzz + Bloom Bold & Floral Honey and garnish with fresh basil.  Serve with fresh fruit, crackers, and extra honey if you like it extra sweet!

Notes
  • Try using different herbs for different flavors.  Fresh thyme or rosemary would be delicious!
  • This post is sponsored by Buzz + Bloom Honey via the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  All thoughts and opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

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