Baked Goat Cheese served warm with slices of fresh French bread is a delicious appetizer. A sprinkling of Italian seasoning gives the goat cheese a wonderful flavor.
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Why This Is the Baked Goat Cheese Recipe You Should Try
This recipe is for a delicious baked goat cheese dip that is so easy to make. Goat cheese is simply sprinkled with Italian seasonings and salt and then baked until golden brown.
Another great thing about this simple baked goat cheese appetizer is you can get it ready before your guests arrive, then pop it under the broiler when you’re ready to serve.
This baked goat cheese dip is a perfect addition to your holiday appetizers. Prepping it in advance allows you to do whatever else that needs to be done in the kitchen or socialize with your guests.
Baked Goat Cheese Dip – Ingredients You Will Need
You only require three ingredients – no long shopping list!
- Goat cheese
- Italian seasoning blend
- Kosher salt
- Bread for serving
Goat cheese is not only delicious but also good for your gut health because it’s full of beneficial probiotics.
Italian seasoning blend can be found in most grocery stores. It’s a combination of several different spices and is perfect for this recipe. You can also use it to add a little extra something to spaghetti sauce.
How to Make Baked Goat Cheese
This baked goat cheese appetizer couldn’t be easier to make:
- Combine Italian seasoning with salt in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle the mixture over the goat cheese.
- Broil until golden brown.
- Serve with bread slices.
Tips for Making Baked Goat Cheese Dip
- Use the same dish that you baked the cheese in for serving. Once the cheese is heated, it’s too soft to easily transfer to a different serving dish.
- Serve the cheese either warm or at room temperature.
Is Feta Cheese the Same as Goat Cheese?
The short answer is no! Feta is traditionally made from sheep’s milk or a combination of sheep and goat milk and has a crumbly grainy texture that’s different from that of goat cheese. (Also, if you buy feta in the US, it is often made with cow’s milk).
Bottom line: for this recipe, make sure you purchase real goat cheese (sometimes called chèvre).
Goat Cheese Dip Variations
This recipe calls for Italian seasoning, but you can switch it up with different herbs and flavorings. For instance:
- Rosemary, oregano, and garlic.
- Fresh thyme, fresh basil, or fresh parsley.
- A drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
- Top with caramelized onions or kalamata olives.
- Jalapenos give it a slight kick.
- Top with cherry tomatoes before baking.
- Add crumbled, crispy bacon on top after baking.
- Baked goat cheese in tomato sauce – Pour tomato or marinara sauce into a shallow baking dish. Cut a goat cheese log into 1-inch rounds and place the rounds on top of the sauce. Bake it at 375°F for 15 minutes.
How to Serve Baked Goat Cheese
This creamy, delicious baked goat cheese dip is perfect for a party or as a starter for a special occasion dinner.
- Serve with crusty French bread, baguette slices, garlic bread, or crunchy crostini.
- Place baked goat cheese at the center of a crudité platter for a low carb and gluten-free appetizer. Surround it with raw carrots, celery, cauliflower, tomatoes, olives, etc.
- Add some to lightly dressed mixed greens to elevate a ho-hum salad into something much more mouthwatering.
What to Serve With Baked Goat Cheese
Pair your baked goat cheese with a nice glass of wine such as Sauvignon Blanc if you like white wine or Cabernet Franc if you prefer red. If you are into wine pairings, learn more about wines that go well with goat cheese.
How to Store Leftover Baked Goat Cheese
Leftover goat cheese can simply be stirred into hot pasta for a delicious dish. However, if you want to store it, here’s how:
Any baked goat cheese dip leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, where it will be good for up to 3 days. To rewarm, place it in a moderate oven (350°F) for about 10 to 15 minutes or pop it in the microwave.
Baked goat cheese can be tightly wrapped and kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat from fully frozen, place in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.
You can also freeze unbaked goat cheese for later use. See this guide on how to freeze goat cheese.
This simple baked goat cheese recipe is great on its own, in salads, on crackers, in various recipes, in pasta dishes, for stuffing zucchini ….. the list goes on and on!
Favorite Cheesy Appetizers
- Beer Cheese Dip
- Chili Cheese Dip
- Cream Cheese Wontons
- Fried Mozzarella
- Jalapeno Popper Recipe
- Lasagna Dip
- Rotel Cheese Dip
- Smoked Cream Cheese
- Taco Dip Recipe
- White Queso Dip
Popular Italian Appetizers
Baked Goat Cheese
- 8 ounces goat cheese
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- sliced French bread for serving
- Allow the goat cheese to soften to room temperature and spread it out in a small shallow ramekin or au gratin dish.
- Combine the Italian seasoning and salt and sprinkle it over the goat cheese.
- Turn on your oven's broiler feature and adjust the oven rack if necessary. Broil the cheese until it is golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Serve with sliced French bread.