This baked goat cheese appetizer is super simple to throw together at the last minute with just 3 ingredients! Chevre is baked in marinara sauce until hot and bubbly – Perfect for spreading on crostini.
With the holidays upon us, I think we can all use some quick and easy appetizer recipes in our arsenal, right? That’s exactly why I’m sharing this baked goat cheese log appetizer. There’s absolutely nothing complicated about this recipe. With just 3-ingredients, and very few steps, this is an appetizer recipe that’s about as simple as they come. Another highlight? You can do all the work before your guests arrive, then just pop it into the oven when you’re ready to serve.
Baked Goat Cheese Ingredients:
- Tomato Sauce
- Goat Cheese
When making this recipe, be sure to choose a good-quality tomato sauce that you enjoy. I love Lucini Organic Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce. It’s made with simple, organic ingredients (tomatoes, onions, carrots, olive oil, basil and salt) so the flavor of the tomatoes really shines through. I add a clove of garlic to the sauce before topping it with the goat cheese since I’m of the firm belief that you can never have too much garlic. You could also spice it up with some red pepper flakes, or even add in some sliced kalamata olives. In addition to organic sauces, Lucini Italia also offers premium extra virgin olive oil. You can learn more behind the bottle here.
Then, just add your goat cheese.
Goat cheese comes in different forms. You will find it in a log form or in a tub. Either variety is great for this recipe. Before baking, you’ll want to flatten the goat cheese to about 1-inch thickness and shape it so that there is at least a 1-inch border around your baking dish. Ramekins (like the ones you’d use for making creme brulee) work great for this recipe. You’ll just want to be sure that your dish is oven safe.
How Long to Bake Goat Cheese
- Bake for about 25 minutes in a 375-degree oven to ensure your melted goat cheese is warm throughout and the tomato sauce is bubbly.
As much as I could simply eat this baked goat cheese appetizer with a spoon, I figured some crostini would be the perfect vehicle for piling on this creamy goodness.
To make the crostini, just slice a baguette on the bias, drizzle it with some Lucini extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and add the crostini to the oven during the last ten minutes of baking time, until they are golden and crisp.
Once your goat cheese is nice and golden and bubbly, it’s ready to eat! I topped my melted goat cheese with a bit of fresh basil and halved cherry tomatoes for added color and a bit of extra flavor, but you can totally skip this step too.
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Wine Pairings for Goat Cheese:
- Pair goat cheese with a nice bottle of Barolo or Chianti.
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Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe
Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups Lucini Organic Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce
- 1 clove garlic (grated)
- 8 ounces goat cheese (pressed 1-inch thick and leaving 1-inch border around baking dish)
- 1 baguette
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- Coarse salt (for sprinkling)
- Basil leaves (optional garnish)
- Cherry tomatoes (optional garnish)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Combine Lucini tomato sauce and garlic in a baking dish and top with goat cheese.
- Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes, until the sauce begins to bubble at edges and the cheese is hot, about 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, slice baguette on a bias and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt.
- During the last 10 minutes of baking time, ad bread to oven and toast until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
- Garnish cheese with basil and cherry tomatoes, if desired. Serve warm.
I teamed up with Lucini to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.