Cultured Holiday Gifts: Chevre, Cranberry, & Pecan Spread


From the Editor: Please welcome Janet, Cultures for Health Content Writer and Cultured Kitchen Keeper.

Here is a fun holiday recipe that can be made ahead for dinner parties.  The combination of flavors and colors are stellar and, best of all, it can be prepared ahead of time. Make up a batch of sourdough crackers to go with this spread for a cultured homemade treat.

Chevre, Cranberry & Pecan Spread


  • 6 tablespoons port wine
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 pound chevre
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • Sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped


  1. Heat the port wine in a small saucepan over medium heat until it is reduced to half its volume. Stir in the maple syrup and allow to cool.
  2. When cooled, combined the mixture with the chevre in a large mixing bowl until combined. Transfer to a shallow serving dish and spread evenly.
  3. Melt the butter on low heat and add in the pecan halves. Add the salt, pepper, cranberries and rosemary and cook for about a minute.  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Spread the cranberry-pecan mixture on top of the cheese mixture.
  5. Serve or refrigerate until ready to bring for a holiday gift.
Janet Creasy

Janet Creasy

Janet is primarily a proud mama of two tween girls and is married to a stellar man wired for engineering. She spends a great deal of time in the kitchen and garden. She enjoys the full life cycle of real food as primal fuel for our body; which she feels is critical to how we approach the world around us. She finds immense joy in seeing how many food culture ‘science’ projects she can keep going at one time! Her favorites are kombucha, yogurt and tempeh and she is delving currently into rice flour sourdough and water kefir.

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