Baked Goat Cheese Marinara

My friend and I were talking about this recipe, and I decided to make it festive for her Halloween party (gotta love this darn skull mold!). This baked goat cheese marinara will have your guests pining for the recipe. The secret is that this recipe is barely a recipe at all. Just throw marinara, goat cheese and basil in a dish. Bake, and serve with your favorite vessel. I chose to make my own crostini. If you need something quick, easy and impressive for a dish to pass, look no further.

Why you’ll love this hot appetizer recipe

  • It’s made with only a few ingredients. A jar of sauce, a log of good goat cheese and a bunch of basil makes this a bold appetizer. The skull shape makes it perfect for that Halloween party.
  • This is such a fast recipe to make. The dish itself is ready in less than 20 minutes, if you decide to use crackers rather than crostini. If you do decide to make your own crostini, you can easily make it ahead of time!
  • Your guests will be asking for the recipe during your party. You will have them thinking you slaved over the stove all day!

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

  • Skull mold – This is the same cool skull mold that I’ve used this whole Halloween season! You can find it on amazon, and it’s on sale today!
  • Bread knife
  • Baking pan – I got my ceramic baking dishes on Amazon.

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Ingredients & substitutions

  • Marinara – Use your favorite kind! I used Rao’s.
  • Soft goat cheese – Again, use your favorite. I used something like this.
  • Bunch of fresh basil – You can buy this in the store, but I prefer to grow my own in the summer. It’s so much more fresh and flavorful, and you can grow it in a pot out your back door!
  • Baguette – You only need this if you choose to make your own crostini. You can also use your favorite crackers or bread.

How to make this baked goat cheese recipe

CROSTINI

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice French bread in 1/2 inch slices. Brush them with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15 minutes or until the toast is crisp. Set aside.

BAKED GOAT CHEESE

Step 2. Spray the skull mold with non-stick spray.  Press half of the goat cheese log into the skull mold. Press the other half into another skull mold. Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, so it’s a little solid and can easily be removed from the mold without losing its shape. 

Step 3. To a small baking pan, pour marinara sauce. Place the goat cheese skulls into the marinara sauce. 

Step 4. Bake the whole thing until it’s melty, which should take about 15-20 minutes.

Step 5. Serve with crostini.

FAQs about goat cheese makers

How do you manufacture goat cheese?

Chevre is an easy cheese to make at home, simply bring fresh goats milk to room temperature, add culture and a few drops of rennet, give it a quick stir, cover the pot and set aside for 18-24 hours. Once set, drain the curd in a butter muslin lined colander, flavor with salt and enjoy.

What are the disadvantages of goat cheese?

Goat cheese can be high in fat, though not as high as cheeses made from cow’s milk. Nevertheless, you should still consume it in moderation to avoid weight gain.

How long is goat cheese good for?

Goat cheese can be stored packaged in the refrigerator for up to 3 months and unpacked for 2 to 3 weeks. The Best By date (MMDDYY) is estimated for your convenience on each cheese.

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Baked Goat Cheese Marinara

This is such an easy appetizer, made extra festive for Halloween!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 170 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 skull mold
  • 1 Bread knife
  • 1 8 x 5.5 inch baking pan

Ingredients
  

  • 10.5 oz goat cheese log
  • 24 Oz marinara sauce of choice
  • 1 French baguette cut into half inch slices
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • red pepper flakes for garnish
  • fresh chopped basil

Instructions
 

Crostini

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice French bread in 1/2 inch slices. Brush them with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the toast is crisp. Set aside.

Baked Goat Cheese

  • Spray the skull mold with non-stick spray.
  • Press half of the goat cheese log into the skull mold. Press the other half into another skull mold. Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, so it’s a little solid and can easily be removed from the mold without losing its shape.
  • To a small baking pan, pour marinara sauce.
  • Place the goat cheese skulls into the marinara sauce.
  • Bake the whole thing until it’s melty, which should take about 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve with crostini.
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