Goat Cheese Truffles

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So, there are hundreds of recipes out there for Thanksgiving. And, for those who are either pretty competent cooks, or, had plenty of time to prepare, these are great. But, if you’re in need of a quick and super easy appetizer, you can whip up some, of what I’m calling, Goat Cheese Truffles to go along with your lovely Thanksgiving meal. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
(Below will serve about 14-16 truffles)

  • 8oz of goat cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 small package of pecan pieces

First, just place the goat cheese into a small bowl and break it up.

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Add in the cinnamon and pepper for a more fall, Thanksgiving vibe and flavor (neither spice is necessary, or, you can add in anything else that you’d like, even dried cranberries). 

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Mash that all together, and scoop out a spoon full of the goat cheese mixture. Roll it up to about the size of a large gum ball.

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Then, just roll each truffle ball into the pecan pieces, pressing the pecans into the cheese to stick. And that’s it! You can serve them as-is, or, add some crackers onto a platter. You can also pop them onto some parchment paper and a baking sheet and heat them up a bit, totally up to you. Either way, it’s a 5 minute appetizer that doesn’t look or taste like you waited till the last minute.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The Southern

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This past weekend I was in Nashville. Yup, first timer here. Aside from hearing more country music than I’ve probably listened to in my entire life, I also was lucky enough to enjoy some great food and drinks. My first stop was The Southern, located in Nashville’s SoBro district. As the name gives away, this restaurant is serving up southern style food with a flare, using local produce, sustainable seafood, and directly-sourced meats.

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For a drink, I ordered Blackberry Mountain Tea (Ole Smokey Blackberry Moonshine, sweet tea, muddled fresh blackberries). This was a pretty great drink. The sweetness and flavor of the tea sneakily masks the potency of the moonshine, allowing you to enjoy more of a refreshing, fresh blackberry sweet tea. But, you know, with booze. 

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For my lunch, I ordered their Earthy Crunchy Sandwich (grilled portabella, smoked cheddar, balsamic onions, spinach and basil mayo, whole wheat bread, served with butternut squash and goat cheese). This sandwich was amazing. Served in a club fashion with three pieces of bread, it was perfectly toasted and crunchy, as the name infers, on the outside, and soft in the center, absorbing the juices from the plump mushrooms. All the flavors went really nicely together here, and the butternut squash and goat cheese is a great compliment to the sandwich, adding a touch of mild sweetness. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Southern
Location: 150 3rd Avenue South, Nashville 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, the food and drinks were delicious, the service was great, and there’s a great outdoor patio space too for dining. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, there’s something for everyone, and, if you’re a fan of hot sauces, they have plenty. I recommend trying the mango, it’s pretty awesome.