by Julie Hartigan of Cooking w/Julie

Baked Goat Cheese & Marinara Dip with Garlic Toast

Add this easy yet impressive appetizer to your party repertoire. Tart, creamy imported Goat Cheese and a spicy marinara sauce bake into a bubbly delicious warm dip your guests will love!

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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Imported goat cheese, party appetizer, cheese appetizer, Baked Goat Cheese & Marinara Dip with Garlic Toast

Ingredients

  • 12 oz imported Goat Cheese at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups Marinara Sauce see recipe below or to save time use your favorite brand
  • 1 small baguette cut into 1/4” slices
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil additional for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Torn fresh basil and oregano
  • Hot pepper flakes

Marinara Sauce

  • 1 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 TB kosher salt divided
  • 1 TB thinly sliced garlic
  • ¼ tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 1 28 oz cans crushed San Marzano tomatoes in juice
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp no-salt Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium soup pot medium-low heat. Add onions and sprinkle with 1 tsp salt. Cook, stirring often, until golden and softened, about 10-15 minutes. Add chili flakes and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, basil, Italian seasoning, and remaining salt and simmer sauce for 10-15 minutes for flavors to meld.
  2. While sauce simmers, spread goat cheese in the bottom of a small gratin or baking dish and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and toast in oven for 5 minutes. Rub each slice with garlic clove. Spoon marinara sauce around the edge of the baking dish, leaving some goat cheese showing in the center. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly and goat cheese is starting to brown. Drizzle with remaining 1 tsp olive oil, garnish with torn herbs and hot pepper flakes and serve at once with garlic toast.