Our deliciously creamy baked goat cheese dip is topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil and served with crusty, garlicky crostini! Great for holidays and parties, this goat cheese dip is always a hit!
This baked goat cheese dip recipe is one of my favorites for parties – it’s irresistibly smooth, deliciously creamy and probably one of the easier things you can whip up for a small crowd. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and just pop it in the oven for 15 minutes before serving!
Baked Goat Cheese
This baked goat cheese dip recipe consists of three components: baked goat cheese, the tomato basil topping and crostini for dipping.
The cheesy base is made with goat cheese (chèvre), cream cheese, parmesan, olive oil, oregano and salt.
Recipe Note: While this recipe calls for plain goat cheese, I often substitute goat cheese that already has spices and herbs mixed in. Garlic and herb goat cheese is my absolute favorite, but really any variety will work well. As long as you’re using a soft goat cheese it will be perfect for this recipe.
Tomato Basil Topping
The tomato topping consists of chopped cherry tomatoes, minced garlic, oregano, fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil. It brings a bit of lightness to the overall dish and perfectly complements the creamy goat cheese!
To make this goat cheese appetizer extra special, I like to serve it with garlic crostini. You’ll need just two ingredients for the perfect crostini: one loaf of French bread or a baguette and one garlic clove.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Prepare the Goat Cheese Dip. Mix all ingredients for the goat cheese dip using an electric mixer and place in a small baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400°F (200°C).
Step 2: Make the Tomato Basil Topping. When it comes to the topping, you have two options. You can spoon it over the goat cheese once it’s finished cooking or even add it during the last five minutes of baking to warm it up a bit. Honestly, I can’t decide which I like better so it’s usually a last minute decision!
Step 3: Make the Crostini.
Start by slicing your bread and toasting it in a dry skillet over medium heat. The bread should be crispy and slightly browned, which generally takes about a minute or so on each side.
Now the most important part of this baked goat cheese dip recipe: smash a piece of garlic and rub it all over the toasted bread. It’s unbelievable how much flavor this little step adds! And to finish off the appetizer, you can either serve the toasts as-is or even drizzle them with a bit of olive oil!
Frequently Asked Questions
Goat cheese doesn’t melt in the same way as many other cheeses. When heated in the oven, it will get a super creamy and spreadable texture.
Yes! I like to mix up the goat cheese dip a day ahead of time, store it in the fridge and bake it when you’re ready to eat. Just add a few minutes to the cook time if going straight from fridge to oven. The tomato topping can also be mixed up in advance, but I recommend adding the salt right before serving.
We love to serve this as the centerpiece of a larger charcuterie board! Here are some of our favorite charcuterie picks to accompany the star of the show: salami, roasted red peppers, olives, dried figs, fruits (apples, pears, grapes) and mixed nuts. In addition to the crostini, chips and crackers are also excellent for dipping.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Storage and Reheating
If you have leftover baked goat cheese dip, allow it to come to room temperature and then transfer it to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat leftovers, place the dip in an oven-safe dish, cover with foil and bake at 350°F (180°C) until heated through.
Looking to take this baked goat cheese dip recipe in a different direction? Try these ideas:
- Use flavored goat cheese. Try herb infused goat cheese or even something like sundried tomato and basil goat cheese!
- Add fresh herbs. Instead of dried oregano, mix in some fresh oregano or thyme.
- Switch up the topping. Caramelized onions would make an excellent topping!
- Serve with crackers or fresh vegetables. No time to toast the crostini? Buy some crackers or use fresh veggies like carrots and celery as dippers!
And if you need a few more appetizers to accompany your baked goat cheese dip, give these a try!
- smoked deviled eggs
- ALDI charcuterie board
- baked brie with jam
- spicy salmon cakes + cilantro lime aioli
- walnut and caramelized onion yogurt dip
- easy mango pico de gallo
- provoleta recipe
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