Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Baked Jalapeño Goat Cheese Dip with Dried Cherry and Toasted Almond Garnish

We recently visited a goat farm in Fennville where they were selling fresh goat cheese (so good). I sampled several kinds, but I absolutely loved the classic plain. If you haven't tried goat cheese baked, you're missing out. This appetizer is so incredibly simple, making it perfect for any holiday party coming up. The jalapeño cream cheese adds a perfect little kick and the sweet cherries and toasty almonds on top add great flavor and texture. This is definitely a dish that will have your friends asking for the recipe!


1. Preheat oven to 425. Coat a 1-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Spread into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly golden on top.





3. Meanwhile, combine the cherries and almonds in a small bowl.


4. Garnish the goat cheese with the cherry almond garnish and drizzle with honey. Serve with crackers on the side for dipping.  



Baked Jalapeño Goat Cheese Dip with Dried Cherry and Toasted Almond Garnish 
Serves 8

All you need:
8 oz. plain goat cheese, room temperature
1 (7.5 oz.) tub jalapeño cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
Honey, for drizzling
Buttery crackers, for serving

All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 425. Coat a 1-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Spread into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly golden on top.
3. Meanwhile, combine the cherries and almonds in a small bowl.
4. Garnish the goat cheese with the cherry almond garnish and drizzle with honey. Serve with crackers on the side for dipping.  

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