Since I seem to fixate so easily on things – yes, even food! – I’m bringing you this goat cheese recipe. I’m completely in awe of the awesomeness, ease, and adaptability of goat cheese. I’ve been making whipped goat cheese with honey as a topping for toast. I’ve been preparing a simple pasta sauce with goat cheese, heavy cream, and herbs. So good! More recently, I’ve also tried goat cheese with honey and pistachios as a spread. And, Dear Reader, alas, I’ve just eaten it right out of the package spread thick on a Triscuit!
This, by far though, is my favourite way to eat it! I’m serious; I really didn’t think I was going to be able to finish taking the pictures for this post before digging right in and devouring this entire thing! The only thing that saved me from doing so, was the fact that the dip was piping hot. Usually, I’ll let baked foods cool for a bit before taking pictures, but this time, I was trying to capture the bubbles in the sauce and the steam. I wasn’t successful with the steam, but look at the charred, bubbly edge of that dish – yum!
Now, this is certainly a recipe that you want to keep close at hand. It takes literally 30 minutes from start to finish and uses as little as three ingredients. Yes, three!! Your guests will think you spent quite a bit of time preparing this dip, when in fact, you were out getting your nails done or perusing the tool aisle at Home Depot – you decide which you want to do; no judging here!
Back to the recipe… when I say you can use as little as three ingredients, it’s true, even though I used a little more. The ground black pepper, dried oregano, and fresh basil is optional. The cheese, sauce, and a sprinkling of salt will do just fine. But, if you’re not preparing this for just yourself (again, no judging!) then make it pretty. Why not!?
- 1 300g package goat cheese
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup fresh basil (optional)
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove the goat cheese from the package and lay the log in the center of your baking dish. Using the tips of your fingers, press the cheese slightly so that it spreads about an inch thick. Do not allow the cheese to touch the edge of the pan. Keep at least an inch of free space all the way around.
- Spoon the marinara into the "trench" around the goat cheese. Be careful to place the sauce all the way around and as evenly as possible.
- Sprinkle the top with salt.
- This is also where you could add the dried oregano and ground black pepper if you decide to do so.
- Place the baking dish in the preheated oven on the middle rack for 25-30 minutes - just until the sauce around the cheese begins to bubble.
- Once you remove the dip from the oven, top with a little fresh basil and serve.
- Thinly sliced baguette is a great dipping option, but crackers or pretzels would do as well!