Roasted Garlic & Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer

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Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese make an easy, yet elegant appetizer to serve to guests on the coming chilly nights. It also makes a meal in itself with the proper accompaniments. Cheese and bread always pleases!

Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer

One of my favorite appetizers is Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese. Well, correction: one of my favorite meals is Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese. Give me a salad and a nice glass of wine on the side; I’ll be a happy camper.

The goat cheese is so rich and the garlic so hearty that when the two are spread on slices of baguette, they really can make a meal. I made this dish last weekend, and my teenage son requested a repeat performance this weekend. I look at this devouring of garlic as a great way to boost our immunities for the coming fall and winter.

And keep away vampires, too, I suppose.

Goat Cheese Appetizer

I first read about this fun and easy goat cheese appetizer in Susan Branch‘s Vineyard Seasons. It’s a beautiful, whimsical book that is full of great recipes. My twenty year old copy is well-loved. It’s worth hunting down a copy if you can find one.

Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese

I’ve adapted SB’s recipe a bit, reducing the amount of oil, not frying the bread, altering the seasonings and type of bread crumbs, based on what I had in the cupboards the first time I made it. It’s so good! It was love at first sight.

Either way to prep it, roasting garlic and baking goat cheese are easy to do, making for an elegant appetizer. Or main dish. Ahem. It’s the perfect addition to a Snacky Dinner.

And feel free to make your own tweaks based on the herbs you prefer. The leftovers of this combo (if there are any) also go fabulous on hamburgers or breakfast sandwiches. Ask me how I know.

Roasting Garlic

You’ll laugh when you hear how easy it is to roast garlic. The result is smooth, spreadable garlic that has mellowed in flavor. It’s tasty as a spread, but you can toss the roasted cloves into sandwiches or mashed potatoes to add a zippy flavor.

Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese

You don’t even have to peel the cloves. Just chop off the top of the head of garlic. I used two and crammed them into a small lidded baking dish I have. You can use any small dish. I had to separate a few cloves from the mother just to fit them, but it works fine. Drizzle over the oil and season to taste with freshly ground pepper and kosher salt. Cover and bake for an hour at 350°.

Easy, no?

The goat cheese is drizzled in oil and rolled in a herbed bread crumb mixture and baked alongside the garlic for the last half hour.

The result is an amazing appetizer to share with friends and family, especially as the evenings start to chill a little more.

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Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese make an easy, yet elegant appetizer to serve to guests on the coming chilly nights. It also makes a meal in itself with the proper accompaniments. Cheese and bread always pleases!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked goat cheese, goat cheese pizza
Servings: 4
Calories: 406 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2 heads garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 ounce goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 baguette sliced
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut the top off the garlic heads so that the cloves are exposed. Place the heads in a small baking dish.
  2. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of the oil over the tops, allowing it to sink in around the garlic papers. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Bake for 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the goat cheese for baking. In another small baking dish, place the log of goat cheese. Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of oil over the cheese, rolling the log to coat.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, tarragon, and a little more freshly cracked pepper. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over all sides of the log, turning as necessary.
  5. Bake cheese, uncovered for 30 minutes alongside the garlic.
  6. The garlic cloves will practically pop out of their skins. Spread them on baguette slices along with some goat cheese.
Recipe Notes

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1/4 the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 527mg23%
Potassium 150mg4%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 314IU6%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Thanks for the recipe on the baked cheese. Somehow it ends up gooey and unspreadable in my head. Nice to know it can be done!

    Nice new digs, BTW. Congrats on the upcoming book release!!

    • Jessica says

      @Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs, what kind of goat cheese are you buying? That sounds very odd. It needs to be a Montrachet type.

      • @Jessica, I haven’t actually bought goat cheese and tried to bake it yet. I just envision “baking cheese” in my head and imagine melted goodness… 😉

        • Jessica says

          No, goat cheese has a completely different texture. It’s soft and crumbly, similar to feta, but softer.

  2. Laura says

    When you roast the garlic, do you need to use a lidded dish or just a small dish? I’m trying this recipe later today, so excited!!!

    • Jessica says

      @Laura, either is fine. Just cover it with foil if it doesn’t already have a lid. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you!

  3. Alicia says

    What is Montrachet type goat cheese? Is it like Chev (sp?)?

    • Jessica says

      @Alicia, yes, it’s a soft goat cheese. Chevre is often a label that you might see.

  4. Jennifer says

    This makes me hungry!

  5. Sheila says

    Hot pizza dip, the one with cream cheese and sriracha and honey glazed wings.

  6. Margie says

    I have some cheddar goat curds – will they work in this recipe?

    Thank you,

    • I have no idea. I’m sorry. I’ve never had cheddar goat curds. I didn’t know such a thing existed.

      • Margie says

        Hi Jessica,

        Thanks for the quick reply – I got them a few months back at a shop in Sandpoint ID, but I think they went out of business. I’ve had them frozen and wanted to use them up.

        Enjoying your website, and glad I ran across it looking for baked garlic and goat cheese recipes.

  7. ashley says

    I love this dish and have made several times not front his recipe but roast my goat cheese in fig leaf and top with a balsamic bruschetta mix so good!! But I am going to try the bread crumb way tonight!! Thanks for the tips; )

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