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Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer

Super simple and comforting baked goat cheese appetizer with tomatoes, garlic and herbs.  Toss any leftovers with pasta the next day for dinner.

Goat cheese log and seasoned tomatoes baked in casserole dish.

This is one of my favorite appetizers in the colder months, it’s so easy and so good.  Simply top a log of goat cheese with diced tomatoes and some seasonings and bake.

Baked in casserole dish with knife and baguette slices.

I love goat cheese and it can be served warm or cold.  When it’s baked, it’s tangy creaminess is complimented by the herby tomato sauce and is perfect to spread on baguette slices or crostini.

Simple Ingredients

Most of the ingredients you probably have in the pantry; a can of diced tomatoes, garlic, a few dried herbs.  That leaves picking up a log of plain goat cheese at the store and a baguette.  That’s it, folks.

Close up of baking dish with serving knife.

How to make this easy baked goat cheese appetizer

Just mix the tomatoes, garlic and herbs and pour over a log of plain goat cheese.  Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes and then serve with baguette slices or crostini.  A warm and cozy appetizer in minutes.

Goat cheese and tomato appetizer with bread slices.

What about leftovers?

Glad you asked.  Any leftovers are great tossed with hot pasta the next day.  I like orecchiette or other small shaped pasta, just cook the pasta and save some of the pasta cooking water before draining.  Toss the leftover goat cheese and tomato mixture with the hot pasta, add cooking water as needed to loosen it up and keep it all creamy.  A little crushed red pepper is an excellent addition along with a good grind of fresh black pepper.

Hand holding baguette slice with dip. with

I served this over the holidays to keep everyone happy until dinner.  My middle daughter calls this manicotti dip.  I see the similarity in taste, although this is definitely tangier.  Regardless, everyone loves it and it’s a perfect starter, appetizer or snack for your family or guests.  Warm, comforting and easy!  Enjoy, Kelly🍴🐦

Goat cheese and tomatoes with serving knife in small casserole dish.

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Baked goat cheese in casserole with knife and baguette slices.

Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer

Simple and comforting baked goat cheese appetizer with tomatoes, garlic and herbs. Toss any leftovers with pasta the next day for dinner.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird


  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with seasoning like garlic and basil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 log plain goat cheese any size, I used a 10-ounce log


  • Preheat oven to 350º. In small bowl, mix diced tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and herbs. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place goat cheese log in middle of small baking dish and pour tomato mixture over and around the cheese log. Bake 20 minutes. Serve with warm baguette slices or crostini. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • Goat cheese logs (cylinder shape) come in various sizes, mine was large because Costco. Any size will work, aim for 6-8 ounces.
  • Any leftovers are great with pasta for dinner the next day. Cook pasta and save some cooking water before draining. Toss hot pasta with goat cheese and tomato mixture, adding pasta cooking water as needed to loosen and keep it creamy.
Keyword: baked goat cheese appetizer, baked goat cheese log, baked goat cheese with tomatoes, easy goat cheese appetizer
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