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!
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!
You should be able to find something similar at your local grocery store or order online.
I baked the goat cheese with honey for a bit while chopping up my candied lemons.
Then, I sprinkled the lemons and slivered almonds on top and broiled it until everything was nice and golden!
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.
- 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.
Then I baked it in the cutest little thrifted mini-loaf pan…
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…
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.
- 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!