Baked Goat Cheese Spread

This Baked Goat Cheese Spread is another take on a tasty appetizer we had while dining out. It’s SO simple to throw together with just a few ingredients. I like to serve it up with garlic naan cheese bread, so I’ve included my quick instructions for that as well.

I buy garlic naan bread right from the bakery section of my local grocery store. You can find a plain version too, both work great. I add a drizzle of olive oil, garlic powder (yes, more garlic), and a sprinkle of fresh grated Parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley if you’ve got it. It only take a couple minutes to heat through, get a little toasty on the edges, and for the cheese to melt.

The Goat Cheese

The baked goat cheese spread is really just two main ingredients: goat cheese and marinara. You’ll need a shallow baking dish, a pie plate works great. Just layer slices of goat cheese on the bottom, top with dollops of your favorite marinara (my fav is Mezzeta). Then just a couple more dollops of goat cheese on top, and pop it in the oven to bake and bubble!

I like to finish it off under the broiler just to get those top goat cheese pieces to brown slightly. Then drizzle with some good olive oil, and serve with wedges of garlic naan cheese bread.

You could really serve this with any kind of bread you have on hand. A nice toasted baguette, focaccia would be delicious, or even crackers if that’s what you have.

I love this baked goat cheese spread served warm, but it is one of those appetizers that is just as good at room temperature so it can hang out on the counter while you’re entertaining, and still be delicious. Enjoy!

Hosting a little gathering? Here are a few of my other favorite appetizer bites:

Walnut Pesto Burrata Toast

Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Mediterranean Layer Dip

Caramelized French Onion Dip

Baked Goat Cheese Spread

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Laura Doerr

Ingredients

  • 8 oz goat cheese log
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • olive oil drizzle
  • fresh chopped basil or parsley optional

Garlic Naan Cheese Bread

  • 1 2-pack Garlic Naan Bread
  • olive oil drizzle
  • garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh chopped parsley optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Slice goat cheese log into thin 1/4"-1/2" rounds. Arrange them in a shallow baking dish, such as an oven safe pie plate. Reserve 1-2 goat cheese rounds for the top. Pour marinara over the top of the goat cheese. Dollop small pieces of the remaining goat cheese on top of the marinara. Bake for 20 minutes or until warm and bubbly. After baking, turn the oven on broil to brown the top slightly, for about 2 minutes, watch closely to avoid burning.

  3. While the baked goat cheese cools slightly, prepare the garlic naan. Up the oven temp to 400 degrees. Place naan on a baking sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder. Sprinkle with fresh grated parm and parsley. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until warmed through and cheese is melted.

  4. Slice garlic naan into wedges, and serve with baked goat cheese.

Recipe Notes

Use whatever your favorite marinara is, or even make your own if you’ve got a favorite recipe. If you can’t find naan bread, any dip-able bread would be great like a sliced baguette, focaccia, or ciabatta.

4 Comments

  • Lisa Patrin
    Posted August 5, 2020 8:59 am 0Likes

    This looks incredible Laura! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Jilly
    Posted August 5, 2020 4:10 pm 0Likes

    This sounds so good and easy! I love recipes like this. . . and now of course I am craving garlic naan bread!

    • Laura Doerr
      Posted August 5, 2020 5:17 pm 0Likes

      Thank you Jilly! It’s so good, and perfect for enjoying outside with a glass of wine, cheers!

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