Crisps with Goat Cheese, Blackberries and Honey {fast appetizer}

Crisps with Goat Cheese, Blackberries, and Honey |

Almost twenty years ago, when my husband and I were still dating, we loved to have cheesy romantic evenings. I’m not saying romance is cheesy, I’m saying our romantic evenings involved cheese. Lots of cheese.

We would drive to the nearest Wegman’s, grab a baguette from the bakery then meander over to the cheese bar where we would most often grab goat cheese, some brie, and some fun and exotic cheese we hadn’t tried yet. A quick stop in the produce department for a salad and the olive bar for some salty little bits of goodness, then back to his house or mine we went. We’d crack open a bottle of wine, tear hunks off of our baguette and load them with bits of the cheese we had just bought, eat olives, stare into each others eyes, and not care that we both had totally cheesy breath. Love has no sense of smell people.

Our romantic evenings were capped off with understated entertainment like watching a classic film such as “UHF” or “Cabin Boy”. I never, EVER claimed that we were sophisticated, friends.

Fast forward these past almost twenty years and we have a literal handful of sons. We still have our cheesy romantic evenings. When we lay a baguette on the table there is a loud buzzing sound and the children descend on it like locusts. We have a bunch of people sitting on or between or around us when we pop in our classic films. They all shout the lines to “UHF” over the actors on screen. We still stare lovingly into each others eyes around teenage heads that eat more cheese than we could ever eat and still remain capable of movement. But we still eat our salads, olives, and cheese -lots of it- and kiss each other with cheese breath.

These days, our favourite riff on this theme that means so much to us is to serve wafer thin crispbreads with a tangy, soft goat cheese, a big, beautiful, juicy blackberry (we get Driscoll’s brand berries at our beloved Wegman’s.), and a drizzle of sweet clover or orange blossom honey. It seems impossible that such a simple combination could be so perfect, but it is.

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If you top a wooden cutting board or tray with goat cheese, a bowl of blackberries, a pile of crisps and a jar of honey, you have an instant cheese course that will impress even the most gourmet of guests. It doesn’t need to be confined to the end of a meal, though. You can serve it as an appetizer, an offering on a holiday buffet, or a simple, romantic meal to share with your most loved one. I recommend accompanying it with a dry white wine and some Weird Al.

What? It worked for me!

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Crisps with Goat Cheese, Blackberries and Honey {Fast Appetizer}
There is no appetizer more perfect than this simple assembly of crispbread or cracker and goat cheese topped with a big, fresh, juicy blackberry and a drizzle of mild honey.
  • 1 package thin crispbreads or other thin crackers
  • Goat cheese
  • fresh blackberries
  • mild honey (Clover or Orange Blossom works well!)
  1. Arrange the crisps on a plate around a bowl of blackberries. Place those on a serving tray or cutting board with a jar of honey and the goat cheese. Be sure to include a honey dipper or spoon for the honey and a spreading knife for the goat cheese.
  2. Spread a generous amount of goat cheese on the crisp*, top with a blackberry and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy immediately!
I do not recommend assembling the bites ahead of time because the crisps will soften unpleasantly. If you want to show how they should be made, simply make one and set it on the tray.


In case you’re wondering, I use 34 Degrees Crispbread for these appetizers. I like them so much, I order them in bulk from Amazon so I always have the building blocks of a tasty appetizer in case unexpected guests drop by our house. (This is an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase after clicking the link, I receive a small commission which in no way effects the price of the item for you. Thank you!)



  1. says

    Your date nights sounds perfect! Nothing is better than some bread, cheese and olives. It kind of screams romantic!
    I am loving this easy app for holiday parties!

  2. says

    I love this post so much! “Love has no sense of smell people.” Haha…so TRUE! When Mr. E and I were dating, we loved roasted garlic on bread…OR bruscetta which we loaded up with tons of raw garlic. What is it about new loves and stinky breath?!?

    These apps look so divine. Could totally make a meal of them!

  3. says

    I really enjoyed reading this post. That is the same thing my husband and I did recently when we went to Nappa on vacation. We bought different kinds of cheeses, olives, pasta salad, bread, and wine and had a picnic. We got everything at Dean & Delucca Deli which I had never been to before. So many choices! I was in cheese heaven. We also love to do this kind of thing on a Saturday night and watch classic movies, too. So glad you still do this even after having kids. Thanks for sharing this yummy appetizer. I will have to try it on one of our Saturday night dates!

  4. angelitakarmalita says

    I feel like such a dork… (btw, this is not new), but in this case, I love (LOVE), goat cheese, blackberries, and I am obsessed w/honey in all varieties… I also adore these crackers. Not once did I ever think about putting them all together… DORK. I literally have everything except the crackers in my house right now, but I can tell you what I’m having for dinner tomorrow. yes. yes I am.


  1. […] I’ve been reading Shaunna Niequist’s book, Bread and Wine, and this looks like something she would serve at one of her dinner parties. Do you have people over for dinner often? We do, but it’s something we want to do more and more. There is something so full and satisfying about feeding and loving people in your home around your table. I do solemnly swear to make these for my next dinner party. […]

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