Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese Appetizers

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Easy and  Festive Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Appetizer with Cranberries & Honey Balsamic Glaze, finished with a blood orange infused olive oil and fresh basil!

A Black Tray of Sweet Potato Appetizers, Topped with Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Cranberries & Balsamic GlazeI have the best sweet potato rounds with goat cheese appetizer for us!

Because I wasn’t kidding when I said I couldn’t stop baking sweet potatoes!

I had the creamiest, honey goat cheese in the fridge, so I crumbled some on my baked sweet potato rounds, whatever I had left of my Sicilian honey, a few candied walnuts or pecans for crunch, a handful of cranberries and a nice drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Let’s not forget the fresh basil leaves of course! Oh, and a light drizzle of blood orange olive oil to finish, because it’s just magical you guys! 

A Black Tray of Sweet Potato Rounds Appetizers Topped with Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Cranberries & Balsamic Glaze

I call these my Goddess sweet potato goat cheese appetizers!

Easy technique happening here:

A really nice hot oven, well oiled sweet potato rounds so they don’t stick, a good pinch of sea salt and sweet paprika for a nice golden presentation. 

They will look so good on the Thanksgiving table with that fall orange color! And for Christmas too: red cranberries, white goat cheese and green basil leaves: Falalalalalalalalala

A Black Tray of Sweet Potato Appetizers Topped with Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Cranberries & Balsamic Glaze

I’m clearly having a full-blown sweet potato obsession at this moment in time. 

So much so, that my brain cells are trying to figure out yet another recipe as we speak.

A Tray Of Sweet Potato Appetizers with Goat Cheese, Nuts, Honey & Balsamic Glaze

 I just can’t help my sweet potato dreams kids! I’m thinking:

  • sweet potato goat cheese and fried sage, yummy!
  • sprinkled with parmesan cheese
  • herbed ricotta and walnuts
  • roasted with brown sugar and cinnamon
  • black beans and guacamole
  • roasted sweet potato mash

A Tray Of Sweet Potato Appetizers with Goat Cheese, Nuts, Honey & Balsamic Glaze

Sweet Potato Rounds Recipe with Goat Cheese, Cranberries & Honey Balsamic Glaze
4.75 from 12 votes

Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese Appetizer

A Festive Appetizer: Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Cranberries & Honey Balsamic Glaze, finished with a blood orange infused olive oil and fresh basil!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:16 minutes
Total Time:26 minutes


  • 2 sweet potatoes large
  • 5 oz goat cheese
  • 1/3 c candied walnuts or pecans
  • 1/3 c cranberries dried
  • 2 tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 1 tsp sea salt + more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp paprika sweet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + more as needed
  • 1 tbsp blood orange olive oil
  • 3 tbsp wild honey
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 15 leaves basil small, for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 500”F
  • In a small bowl combine the olive oil, sea salt and paprika.
  • Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1 inch thick rounds.
  • Take each sweet potato round and coat it in the olive oil mixture all over. Place them on a large baking tray without touching each other.
  • Bake the sweet potato rounds for 8 to 10 minutes on each side until golden.
  • Transfer to a serving tray and top with the goat cheese, candied walnuts, and cranberries. Spoon a little bit of wild honey on top of each potato round and sprinkle with the lemon zest.
  • Just before serving finish with a light drizzle of orange infused olive oil, the balsamic glaze and garnish with the fresh basil leaves.


Calories: 367.5kcal
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 367.5kcal
Author: Florentina


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  1. 4 stars
    I made a simplified version of this (no nuts, didn’t reduce the balsamic, no blood orange, no basil) for a party. I was worried these might not work at room temperature. They were a smashing success! Thanks!

  2. Do you purchase the balsamic reduction pre made or make it yourself? And if you make it, could you give me instructions? Thanks! Looks delicious and I’d like to make this for Thanksgiving.

    1. Hi Irina, usually for the holidays I use an organic store bough reduction from Italy. If you want to make your own simply reduce aged balsamic vinegar with a touch of brown sugar or maple syrup until thick and it coats the back of a spoon. Allow to cool and store at room temperature until needed. Enjoy!

  3. This sounds delicious however I need to make ahead. How long can they sit out at room temperature?
    Do they need to be warm when adding the toppings?

    1. Hi Sandra, these are best warm, so maybe you can keep them in the oven until ready to serve or reheat and add the toppings. This is just one of those recipes that it is best straight out of the oven.

  4. 4 stars
    I had these at a party a few weeks ago. AMAZING!! So, I’m making them for thanksgiving. So glad I found this recipe! Thank you!

  5. These look wonderful, and I can’t wait to make them as an appetizer for this Thanksgiving. But I will not have the oven available that day. Can I bake the potatoes the night before and serve them room temperature the next day? Or if they need to be warm, can I reheat for a minute or two in microwave before adding toppings and serving? Or will they get soggy/greasy? Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Hi Monica, they wouldn’t get soggy or greasy but they won’t keep that little crispy crust you can only get by roasting them in the oven. They really are quick to bake, so If you can somehow manage to bake them that day and just keep them at room temperature would be better. Load up the goat cheese and the toppings just before serving. ~ Florentina

  6. 4 stars
    These were delicious. And beautiful in presentation. Lot’s of flavors the meld deliciously. Big hit at my party. I suggest using skinny potatoes so that you can make them bite-size to pop in your mouth and get all flavors. Can be a bit messy when more than one bite.
    The taste is a five. I rate this a four only because of the number of ingredients – but worth it. (I entirely skipped the 1 tbsp blood orange olive oil and they were still great.)

    1. Thanks Dawn! Great idea for using skinny potatoes If you can find them. I usually have fork laying around even for appetizers to make things easier. So happy you enjoyed them 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Oh wow, these look simply delicious! And I totally agree – very festive 🙂 We are loving sweet potatoes around here lately as well….must be the change in weather (finally) 🙂