I recently went out with my Houston Moms Blog friends and had some delicious baked goat cheese! I came home determined to make my own version and ended up making not one but TWO recipes for baked goat cheese that are now my new fave appetizer!

2 Recipes for Baked Goat Cheese
Sweet and savoury baked goat cheese are BOTH delicious and easy to make! No restaurant required!

How do you make warm baked goat cheese?

This was the question I asked myself as I drove away from the restaurant. I like goat cheese but had never baked it as the primary ingredient for a dip… until now! The restaurant dip had candied fruit and nuts so I turned to my cupboard and used the only candied fruit and nuts I had on hand!

2 Recipes for Baked Goat Cheese by The Spirited Thrifter
How fortuitous that I happened to buy these sweetened dried lemon slices from Trader Joe’s that day!

You should be able to find something similar at your local grocery store or order online.

2 Recipes for Baked Goat Cheese by The Spirited Thrifter
For nuts, I used slivered almonds because that’s all I had they go well with lemons.
For nuts, I used slivered almonds because that's all I had they go well with lemons.
I used a 4 oz package of goat cheese, grocery-store brand. It was $5 which frankly was a little more than I expected. Back in Canada, my father-in-law encouraged me to *get* a goat for our acreage; had I done so, I might have experience in making goat cheese. Alas I’m not that kind of girl and this ain’t that kind of blog! LOL
For nuts, I used slivered almonds because that's all I had they go well with lemons.
I basically spread the goat cheese in a small oven-proof dish (thrifted ‘natch), sprinkled on salt and pepper…
For nuts, I used slivered almonds because that's all I had they go well with lemons.
And drizzled it with honey! In retrospect, I’d go a little heavier with the honey, Honey.

I baked the goat cheese with honey for a bit while chopping up my candied lemons.

For nuts, I used slivered almonds because that's all I had they go well with lemons.
“I’m just snacking on some *lemons,” she said, exuding health. *candied

Then, I sprinkled the lemons and slivered almonds on top and broiled it until everything was nice and golden!

For nuts, I used slivered almonds because that's all I had they go well with lemons.
Served with sliced, buttered and oven-toasted baguettes slices.
For nuts, I used slivered almonds because that's all I had they go well with lemons.
Could NOT stop eating this yummy dip!

Baked goat cheese has a mild flavour, so I imagine you could swap in other fruit and nut combos with great results! Here’s my particular concoction:

Baked Goat Cheese with Honey, Nuts & Candied Fruit

Bake goat cheese with a little salt 'n peppa & honey, sprinkle some chopped fruit and nuts on top, bake some more, and voila! A lovely, easy appetizer dip to serve with baguette and feel very chic.

Course Appetizer
Keyword goat cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author The Spirited Thrifter

Ingredients

  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp honey

Spread goat cheese in small oven-proof dish, sprinkle generously with coarse salt and pepper, drizzle generously with honey.

Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees until starting to get golden.

  • 1-2 tbsp slivered almonds - I used 2 but I like chunky dips full of texture. Use less if you like. YOU DO YOU.
  • 3-4 slices candied lemon, chopped finely. As with the almonds, adjust to your preferences.

Sprinkle almonds and chopped candied lemon on top of goat cheese.

Turn oven to broil and broil for 3-5 minutes until everything is golden.

  • 1/2 baguette sliced and buttered

Pop these into the oven when you go to broil your goat cheese then everything will be nice and toasty at the same time.

Share or eat it all yourself. That's what an appetizer is for, isn't it?

Warm Baked Goat Cheese Recipe No. 2

After my successful sweet baked goat cheese attempt, I felt like a 4-star chef and couldn’t wait to try a savoury variation which I did for my anniversary dinner while my son prepared the main dish. This time, I mixed the goat cheese in a bowl with fresh basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.

For nuts, I used slivered almonds because that's all I had they go well with lemons.
Basil is my favourite herb and I wish I could grow it. Alas, I can’t grow basil, can’t grow mint. All I can grow is orchids. Can you eat orchids?

Then I baked it in the cutest little thrifted mini-loaf pan…

2 Recipes for Baked Goat Cheese by The Spirited Thrifter
So dang cute. I never knew I needed a special little goat cheese baker but I’m sure glad I have one! Keep your eye out for things like this at the thrift store!

This time, I drizzled baguette slices with olive oil and baked them for a few minutes alongside the dip. It all turned out so good, a miracle happened…

2 Recipes for Baked Goat Cheese by The Spirited Thrifter
MY PICKY EATER ATE IT!
2 Recipes for Baked Goat Cheese by The Spirited Thrifter
In fact, my whole family loved the dip! NOW I felt like a 4-star chef.
2 Recipes for Baked Goat Cheese by The Spirited Thrifter
So. darn. good.

You know it’s good when your kids start policing how much you put on your bread to make sure you “don’t take it all.” I say, you snooze you lose when it comes to yummy appetizers!

Baked Goat Cheese with Basil, Garlic & Parmesan

Mix goat cheese, fresh chopped basil and garlic and freshly grated Parmesan cheese together, bake it then watch your family fight over it. For real.

Course Appetizer
Keyword goat cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Author The Spirited Thrifter

Ingredients

  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped, packed fresh basil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (you can cheat and use the prepared kind)
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Spray the cutest little casserole you can find - stop and go thrifting for one if you must - with cooking spray.

Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

In the last 5 minutes of baking, put in sliced baguette drizzled with olive oil.

Serve warm from the oven and let the family hunger games commence.

Here is an actual quote from my middle son who is usually quiet on the subject  of food:

That bread stuff was actually so yum.

There you have it. Endorsed by the critics.

Now that I know baked goat cheese is so good, I will buy it in bulk so that I can easily whip up an impressive appie. In fact, that’s what I need to do right now for my book club coming over tonight to talk about Crazy Rich Asians and have some Singapore Slings with our 2 recipes for baked goat cheese!

xoxo Nicole

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