Easiest Ever Baked Goat Cheese in Tomato Sauce

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Because it’s Friday, because I’ve had a very busy week and because I just nodded off while typing the word because, I’m going to make this post short and sweet.

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This is the easiest yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make. Promise.

I’d love to brag and tell you that this was my brilliant idea, but it’s actually a riff on one of my favorite Spanish tapas from a local restaurant here in KC. It’s always something my girlfriends and I order when we go, and I’ve just been dying to try it out myself at home.

Fortunately it turned out almost identical to the restaurant version, and unfortunately it turned out almost identical to the restaurant version, and now I cannot stop eating it.

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Crushed tomatoes are barely cooked with a little bit of olive oil and garlic, topped with big slices of goat cheese and then broiled until the cheese blackens a touch and slowly melts into the tomato sauce.

Serve with crispy homemade crostini, or if you’re feeling lazy, store-bought crostini. No one will know, I guarantee it.

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Easiest Ever Baked Goat Cheese in Tomato Sauce
Serves: 4-6 for appetizers
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 ounces goat cheese cut into ¼ slices
  • ½ baguette, cut into ¼ inch to ½ inch slices
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place crostini on baking sheet and drizzle evenly with two tablespoons olive oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Baked until golden brown and crisp, about 10-15 minutes. Remove, and Turn oven on broil.
  2. While the crostini bake, heat a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add remaining oil and garlic. Cook until softened, about one minute. Make sure to not burn.
  3. Add tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour into a small oven safe baking dish and lay goat cheese slices on top.
  5. Place under the broil until the cheese is golden brown, about five minutes.
  6. Serve crostini with goat cheese and red sauce.


  1. Definitely would have never thought to bake goat cheese…and it is my FAVORITE cheese!
    So creamy and light tasting…perfect with a crunchy baguette!

  2. This looks so delicious, Nicole! I’ve had this before–and I have to agree, it is one of the BEST appetizers ever. Can’t beat warm goat cheese swimming in delicious tomato sauce. Happy Friday! :)

  3. We just got a MOUNTAIN of snow yesterday and I was planning on staying in allll weekend long, but now I think I need to brave a trip to the grocery store just to get the ingredients to make this. It cannot wait.

  4. These are perfect! Easy, GOAT CHEESE (favorite!), and beautiful! Love these Nicole, have a great weekend!

  5. This really does look like one of the best appetizers! I wish I had a whole bunch of it right now so I could call it lunch. :)

  6. I had something like this at a restaurant in Chicago and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since! This looks exactly like what we had…cannot wait to make it!!

  7. This looks amazing!! So delicious!! And your photography is beautiful!! Love it! Hope that you have a great weekend! :)

  8. Somebody hand me a a piece of toasted baguette…quick! I need these now!

  9. Oh wow! I’ve been wanting to try a similar recipe with feta, but goat cheese sounds even better. Have a great weekend :)

  10. This looks absolutely amazing. I am drooling just looking at these pics – the light is absolutely stunning. Pinned!

  11. Sometimes short and sweet is best – for posts and for recipes! This looks amazing, and I just love how easy it is!! This would definitely be the star of any party!

  12. Ooh I so feel you on the fortunately/unfortunately part. These look SO good, and they have so many of my favorite elements – crispy bread, chunky sauce, and a baked soft cheese. Mmmm – these are definitely happening soon!

  13. Wow, this looks super delicious. Love the crostini served alongside :)

  14. Sometimes the easiest recipes turn out to be our favorite ones! Such a good appetizer idea! Love it. Pinning so I remember to try. LOVE tapas!

  15. Oh I really love how easy this is! But it looks insanely good – my favorite kind of recipe right now! haha life is just too crazy : ) Although I see what you mean … it’s so simple that I could easily make this wayyyy too often… but then again maybe that’s a good thing too! ha!

  16. Eva Gryszowka says:

    I just had this exact app at Thomas last night with Laine and the boys! We devoured it!! Perfect timing for you to put this recipe up because now I’m definitely going to make it at home soon.

  17. Those look just like the crostini @ our favorite tapas bar!!! Well done!!!

  18. This looks so good. Just pinned. Thanks!

  19. A quick appetizer to serve with cocktails before dinner.

  20. Melted cheese. bread. tomato sauce…Im drooling. I love these kind of hearty, comforting, and mouthwatering apps that usually turn into an entire meal for me…can never stop eating either!

  21. These look great, love that melted cheese and saucy top. I’d snack away!

  22. can’t go wrong with goat cheese! (unless you hate it) we love it! :)

  23. So pretty Nicole! Wanna share?

  24. Felipe sosa says:

    Excelent post, i wanna try to cook this, loock awesome

  25. G’day, what sort of goat’s cheese did you use? Thanks, Sues.

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