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Baked goat cheese dip surrounded by red marinara sauce in a white gratin dish that sits on a dark green platter surround with golden round bread toasted as dippers for the appetizer.
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5 from 26 votes


This is a smooth creamy, herbal soft cheese that is surrounded with spicy marinara sauce. The soft gooey cheese is delicious slathered on toasted bread, breadsticks, or crackers. This is a quick and easy recipe that you'll want to make again and again. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 130kcal


  • 8 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce homemade or good brand store bought
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives halved
  • 1 large onion-- thinly sliced caramelized (opt)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil (opt)
  • 1 Tbs butter (opt)
  • 1 garlic bulb (opt roasted head)
  • 2 Tbs basil ribbons (opt)


  • In a large skillet melt the butter and olive oil. Add the thinly sliced onion and slowly caramelize them. They will turn a rich golden brown -- be careful not to burn. Set aside. 
  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Peel and discard the papery outer layers of the whole garlic bulb. Cut off 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the top of the garlic exposing the individual cloves of garlic. Make sure the individual cloves of garlic are exposed. Place the garlic heads cut side up on a piece of foil. Drizzle olive oil over the garlic then crimp the foil edges to seal. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed. 
  • In a gratin dish or any oven-proof serving dish, place the cheese in the center and press down, leaving edges around the cheese. 
  • Add the caramelized onion and squeeze the roasted garlic into the marinara sauce. Mix well. 
  • Pour the marinara sauce around the goat cheese.
  • Sprinkle the kalamata olives on the sauce.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes. Sprinkle the dip with basil ribbons.
  • Serve warm with toasted crostini, breadsticks, or crackers. 


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.1mg