Keto Whipped Goat Cheese with Bacon Jam, is a quick and easy keto holiday appetizer that’s addictive, festive, and perfect for entertaining! What is there not to love when you combine creamy goat cheese dip with candied bacon and caramelized onions?!
Easy Keto Appetizer
Easiest (and SUPER delicious!) keto appetizer that is not only unique but perfectly only takes minutes to prepare. Plus, since the keto smoky bacon jam can be prepared ahead of time, this easy keto appetizer takes some of the stress away during the holidays!
This appetizer combines chunks of crispy bacon tossed with a little sugar-free sweetener and spice and some onions, making the most delicious keto smoky bacon jam. Then, with a quick whipping of some goat cheese, cream cheese, olive and a dash of salt, the two come together in a harmonious salty-sweet treat.
I love a good appetizer recipe. If it were up to me, we would eat appetizers for breakfast, lunch and dinner! But, since there are other members in my family (Yes..that's you, Mr. Grumbles), making this a reality is never going to be. So instead, I anxiously await for holidays to create cool and easy keto concoctions.
Just like my delicious Bay Scallop Dip, my keto Chicken Asian Dip or this festive keto White Cheddar Jalapeno Cranberry Dip, creating hearty appetizer recipes is the perfect and easy way to entertain larger or smaller crowds during the holidays.
*This recipe was adapted from Southern Living Magazine
Keto Smoky Bacon Jam Ingredients
Don't be intimidated by making homemade keto bacon jam! It only takes about 10 minutes and a single skillet to make this jam. (If you love bacon jam, check out my Keto Maple Bacon Jam, as well!)
- Bacon - I think this is a given, right?!!! Since this is the main ingredient for the jam, make sure that you use high-quality bacon. I LOVE using centre-cut bacon as it does not render as much fat as other cuts of bacon. And don't even think of substituting turkey bacon in this recipe - sacrilegious at its best!
- Shallot or Onion- Shallots have a delicate and sweet flavour with a hint of sharpness. Compared to onions, they have a much milder heat and have a little garlic flare to them. Red or another type of onion like Vidalia can also be used.
- Brown Sugar Substitute - This jam has to have a sweet taste so brown sugar substitute is the key to accomplishing the level of sweetness needed. You can use either Swerve or Lakanto
- Spices - A combination of soy sauce and smoked paprika helps to round out the flavours as well as give this keto smoky bacon jam its mild smoky flavour.
Keto Whipped Goat Cheese Recipe Ingredients
This is the easiest ingredient list ever!
- Goat Cheese - You will need 8 oz of goat cheese. Goat cheese is typically found in the speciality cheese section and packaged as a round log.
- Cream Cheese - Cream cheese helps to create the perfectly creamy whipped goat cheese
- Olive oil - Olive oil also helps to add some smoothness to this keto whipped goat cheese recipe
- Salt - I love to use Maldon's Sea Salt. If you are using regular table salt, make sure you start with half the amount and adjust the amount according to your taste.
Keto Whipped Goat Cheese with Bacon Jam Instructions
Making this keto whipped goat cheese with bacon jam recipe is really easy so give it a try!
Cook the bacon until crispy and then add the onion. Cook until the onion softens. Add the brown sugar substitute, paprika, and soy sauce. Cook until the mixture begins to get sticky. Place the keto smoky bacon jam in a small bowl and allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
In a medium-sized bowl, add the goat cheese, cream cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Whip the goat cheese mixture until nice and fluffy.
Spread the whipped goat cheese in a shallow bowl. Add the cooled keto smoky bacon jam on top and serve.
Hint: Make sure to allow the bacon jam to cool before adding it to the whipped goat cheese otherwise it will cause the whipped goat cheese to melt.
What is the best goat cheese to use?
In my opinion, Vermont Goat Cheese if my favourite brand of goat cheese on the market.
What is the difference between kosher salt and table salt?
Kosher salt is made solely from sodium chloride and doesn't usually contain additives or iodine. It's less dense than table salt and is often used in cooking because the larger grains are easy to work with. Since it is less dense, you will typically see larger quantities of kosher salt used in recipes compared to table salt.
Can I use a different type of keto jam for this recipe?
Of course! You can use any of your favourite salty-sweet keto jam recipes instead.
Can I make this easy keto appetizer plant-based?
Yes! Simply omit the bacon or use plant-based bacon or sausage instead.
Can I replace kosher salt with table salt?
Yes. However, start with only half of the quantity of table salt since it is more concentrated than kosher salt.
More Keto Jam Recipes
Looking for other keto jam recipes like this? Try these:
More Easy Keto Appetizers
These are some more of my easy keto appetizers to serve alongside this keto goat cheese recipe:
- 6 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 3 tbsp brown sugar substitute
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 8 oz goat cheese
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½-1 teaspoon Morton's Kosher Salt
- Fresh thyme leaves
- Cook the chopped bacon in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occassionally, until the bacon begins to crisp along the edges, about 8 minutes.
- Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, on medium heat until the onions turn golden brown, about 8 minutes.
- Stir in the brown sugar substitute, smoked paprika and the soy sauce into the bacon mixuter. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and becomes syrupy, about 30-60 seconds. Remove from heat and tranfer the bacon jam to a small bowl. Allow the jam to cool for about 5 mintues.
- Beat the goat cheese, softened cream cheese, oil and salt with an electric mixer with the whisk attachment on medium sepped until smooth, about 30 seconds. Taste the mixture and add additional salt if needed.
- Spread the goat cheese mixture inside a shallow bowl. Top with the bacon jam and garnish with thyme leaves.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Appetizer, Snacks
- Method: No-Bake
- Cuisine: American, Fall, Holidays, Winter
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Serving Size: 1/12 recipe
- Calories: 128
- Sugar: 1
- Fat: 10.5
- Carbohydrates: 2.4
- Fiber: 0.3
- Protein: 6.3
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