BAKED GOAT CHEESE MARINARA DIP WITH CARAMELIZED ONION
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.
Servings: 8 people
- 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