the most delicious appetizer

Hello, friends!

Today I wanted to share a recipe that I almost hesitate calling a recipe – because it’s that simple!  It’s for baked goat cheese and it is friggin delicious!

I started making this years ago as a knockoff of one of my favorite appetizers at one of my favorite places – Bavette’s in Chicago.  They have this on their menu as an appetizer and I always fill up on it – so much so, I can barely scarf down my ribeye.  (Side note – ribeye steaks are their specialty and I used to be a filet-all-the-way girl until I had their ribeye and I’ve since never looked back;)).

I started thinking that this would be a great appetizer to make for friends, or even a “meal” for my hubs and me – since we eat it with such a great tenacity and fill up on it anyway.  My sis says that bread and cheese and sauce are not a meal.

I say .

 

So I made this last night for my husband and myself and we killed the whole thing :).  I made him a nice little garden salad on the side and we both had some fruit (wine) with it.  It was plenty of food for the two of us… but it would make a great appetizer for entertaining a group of people.  Make sure you put this in the center of wherever you want your guests to be, though, because they will all congregate around this bad boy.

Here’s how simple it is — all you need is garlic bread, your favorite marinara sauce, goat cheese and a pan that can go in the oven.  I prefer to use a cast iron because it goes from the stovetop to the oven seamlessly, but you could always heat your marinara up then put in an oven safe dish with the goat cheese.  (If you need a marinara sauce recipe find mine here and just omit the meat).

I make the garlic bread with a nice loaf of italian or french bread and I just evenly coat it with butter, sprinkle on some garlic powder and a tiny bit of kosher salt and bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes.  I broil the top a little bit to make it a little crispy.

You then heat your marinara sauce in your pan until it’s heated through.  Then all you have to do is add your goat cheese into the center of the pan and put it in the oven on broil.  It takes about 4-5 minutes or so to get the cheese a little browned on the top — but I always watch anything on broil like a hawk, just in case.   And that’s it – it is THAT easy, and oh so tasty!  The goat cheese brings a different tangy level of flavor to the robustness of the tomato sauce, and you can’t go wrong with garlic bread to dip into it.  See pics below, and enjoy!

(before broiling the goat cheese)

I topped mine with a little fresh thyme just because we had it on hand.

enjoy!

xo, tess

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