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Baked Goat Cheese with Fire Roasted Tomatoes

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If you’re looking to distract party guests with a finger food they can’t resist, this is it. In all honesty, it disappeared within about 5 minutes of shooting these photographs, though we did have help from a few friends who were along for the ride to hand-model and taste test. Something about the combination of sweet, garlic-y roasted tomato sauce and gooey baked goat cheese kept everyone coming back for more. We were inspired by a similar dish from a favorite local restaurant, which we’ve played with and made our own.

With canned tomatoes, quality is key (low quality can be borderline catastrophic in some recipes, like pizza!). We usually go with imported Italian tomatoes, or organic Muir Glen tomatoes. Recently, Muir Glen approached us to try some of their new jarred tomatoes, and we were happy to create a recipe with them to share with you. The tomatoes are organic, and the new glass jars are BPA-free and easily recyclable. And the taste: sweet and juicy, perfect for pizzas, red sauce, and goat cheese smothered in tomatoes. We’d recommend using these tomatoes for the recipe if you can; you’ll taste the difference.

This is a great easy entertaining option for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday (just a few days away!), as well as parties throughout the December holiday season. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Last minute planning? Here’s our *Thanksgiving menu* for this year:

Thanksgiving 2014
Pomegranate Cider Spritzer
Stuffed Delicata Squash with Wild Rice, Brown Butter and Sage
Garlic and Chive Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino and Pecans
Massaged Kale Salad with Apple and Pomegranate
Poached Pears with Pecan Granola and Whipped Cream

Also, check out our Thanksgiving Pinboard for more ideas, and our *new gift shop* for Thanksgiving cooking tools and holiday gift ideas!

This post is sponsored by Muir Glen. Product opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors of A Couple Cooks! 

Baked Goat Cheese with Fire Roasted Tomatoes
Serves: 8
What You Need
What To Do
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mince 3 cloves garlic. In a medium skillet, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon dried basil, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Over medium high heat, stir and sauté for around 45 seconds until the garlic sizzles but before it starts to brown. Stir in the tomatoes and heat at a gentle simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove from the heat.
  3. Pour the tomato mixture into an oven-proof baking dish, then add goat cheese mounds on top. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. If desired, broil on high for 3 to 5 minutes, watching carefully, until the goat cheese is golden brown. Serve with baguette slices (or to make crostini, toast baguette slices at 375°F for 15 minutes).


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  • Reply
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    November 24, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Oh The pictures alone Make me drool. What an awesome combo

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    November 24, 2014 at 6:05 am

    MMMmmmm! This looks delicious! Great idea for an appetizer this year.

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    Tempie @ The Texas Peach
    November 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

    This looks amazing! I didn’t know that Muir Glen was coming out with jarred products! I’ve been buying the Bionaturae brand because they come in glass jars. Glad to know that I can get the Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes that I love in glass jars now!

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    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    November 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Beautiful and delicious! I first had something similar at a tapas restaurant and it’s been one of my favorite appetizers ever since. Always a crowd pleaser!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    November 24, 2014 at 10:50 am

    It’s so nice to have more glass jar options now so ensure BPA-free packages! And I am in love with this dip. Fire roasted tomatoes are the best.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    November 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Not only does this sound delicious, but it looks FAB! Gah! Definitely need to try.

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    Meg @ Noming thru Life
    November 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Just stop. Seriously. I want to bury my face in this!

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    Malia @ Small Town Girl
    November 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Oh my! This sounds incredible! I don’t think I would share this at all! I’d make it just for me so I could hoard the whole darn thing! Totally making this then next time I’m feeling peckish.

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    Sarah @ Rocket Girl Cooks
    November 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

    My favorite tapas restaurant makes a dish very similar to this one. I can’t wait to try and make this!

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    November 26, 2014 at 11:28 am

    This looks SO GOOD! Yum. :)

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    dani | theloveofvanilla
    November 27, 2014 at 2:25 am

    This looks so rich and delicious! Would be so good on a cold night to have a hot rich dip with crusty bread… hmm sounds like I could maybe even eat that for dinner… all by myself :) yum!

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    Hannah @ eating with alice
    December 7, 2014 at 6:50 am

    This looks delish! I love goat cheese! Can’t wait to try :-)

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    January 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    What kind of goat cheese should be used?

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