These goat cheese recipes are the best way to eat creamy, tangy chevre. From pasta to pizza, everything’s better with a little goat cheese!
Goat cheese is one of our very favorite ingredients to cook with here at A Couple Cooks. And we’ll put it in just about anything! Pasta, pizza, salads, and eggs are exponentially better with tangy, creamy goat cheese crumbles. Aside from the flavor, goat cheese has some benefits over cows cheese as well. We’ve founded up our very favorite goat cheese recipes and a bit of info on the benefits of eating this delicious soft cheese.
At the top of the list of our best goat cheese recipes: baked goat cheese! If you’re looking to distract party guests with a finger food they can’t resist, this is it. Our most well loved of these goat cheese recipes, something about the tangy cheese roasted in a sweet, garlicky roasted tomato sauce that keeps everyone coming back for more. Serve it with bread to dip and it tastes like deconstructed pizza!
This mushroom and goat cheese pasta has big flavor with fresh herbs and lemon! It takes only 25 minutes to put together, but tastes like it took all day to make. The pasta is smothered with creamy goat cheese, the mixed mushrooms are sauteed with fresh thyme and oregano until they’re super savory, and there’s a pop of fresh lemon to round it off. Oh and there’s some nutrient dense leafy greens, too.
When it comes to pizza toppings, there’s one that is always, always a hit in our house. Goat cheese! This Goat Cheese Pizza is a true masterpiece, pairing soft pockets of chevre with tangy, garlicky tomato sauce. Shower it with a few sliced onions and a sprinkle of fresh basil, and we promise: the slices will be gone in a flash! This one is a massive crowd pleaser.
Here's a goat cheese recipe that takes little effort but delivers massive flavor: Goat Cheese Salad with Arugula and Apples! It’s simple and comes together quickly, but my does it deliver! The crunch of the apples, creamy goat cheese, and fluffy arugula are the ideal pair for the creamy balsamic dressing. You won't be able to stop eating it.
This warm goat cheese appetizer is ideal for showing off the versatility of this soft cheese! It’s got just 4 ingredients, takes just 10 minutes to bake, and tastes like a dream. The tangy, gooey goat cheese against the citrusy marmalade and herbaceous thyme makes it a total crowd pleaser, spread on crostini or crackers.
Here’s a quick and creamy goat cheese recipe that will have everyone talking: Whipped Goat Cheese! This party appetizer takes just 5 minutes to make and tastes like a dream! If you love the earthy, savory creaminess of goat cheese, you’ll park yourself right next to the bowl. Flavored with fresh herbs and garlic, this smooth spread is ideal for dipping crackers or crostini. Add it to a veggie tray or cheese board for party snack perfection.
Want to mix up those morning eggs? Add goat cheese! Tangy chervre makes gooey, cheesy pockets in the savory eggs, punctuated with the oniony finish of fresh chives. Omelettes are quick to make and ideal for breakfast or a fancy brunch, made to order. The goat cheese adds just the right hint of sophistication.
A great trick for entertaining? Goat cheese stuffed dates! These beauties are incredibly easy to make, and the flavor of this simple pairing is outrageous. There’s the sweet caramel chewiness of Medjool dates. Pair that with tangy, fluffy goat cheese, and the sweet-savory combo is out of this world. It also works as a quick snack or “side” for a healthy lunch, and involves no cooking at all.
This goat cheese crostini could not be easier! Bake up some homemade crostini, top with goat cheese and honey, and you’ve got the most delicious sweet and savory taste treat. The flavor of soft goat cheese is so perfect in itself that you don’t need any other seasoning. Once you make this once, it will become part of your repertoire for years!
Here’s a trick that works for anytime and season: Blueberry Goat Cheese! Imagine: a glossy, sweet tart blueberry sauce draped over a warm log of goat cheese, punctuated with pops of fresh herbs. Serve it on crackers or crostini, and no one will be able to stop dipping! You can make this with fresh or frozen berries, or as a shortcut use purchased blueberry jam.
Here's a common flavor pairing with goat cheese...which you'll appreciate the moment you take a bite. Beets and goat cheese! Earthy sweet roasted beet rounds are dolloped with creamy, tangy goat cheese, then topped with olive oil and fresh chives. It sounds almost too simple, but it tastes like a symphony.
If you’re looking for goat cheese recipes, it’s as simple as adding dollops to your eggs! This recipe for fluffy scrambled eggs is pretty incredible and ultra simple. Cook the eggs over low heat and gently shape them into soft folds, then add goat cheese for tangy flavor. What results is a creamy, gooey, addicting mess. If asparagus is in season, it’s the perfect pairing.
Try this cheese tortellini in creamy marinara sauce! In just 15 minutes, you’ve got a pasta skillet that’s a literal symphony flavor. The fresh basil-infused marinara sauce is perfectly complimented with pillows of tangy goat cheese. (In fact, it’s our baked goat cheese dip made into a main dish, because we love it so much we needed a way to justify it as dinner.)
Try this Cranberry Goat Cheese! This festive appetizer is perfect for parties, pairing the flavors of cranberry, pistachio and fresh rosemary with the tangy cheese. Drizzle honey over the top before serving for a sweet pop. It’s fast to put together and ideal for snack tables, scooped up with crackers or crostini.
This 20-minute creamy penne pasta is so tangy and creamy, sweet from the tomatoes and lightly peppery from the fresh basil. The secret to the creaminess is that goat cheese, which brings a body to the sauce that’s almost like a vodka sauce. Combined with chewy penne, it’s out of this world! And best of all, you barely have to think to make it.
This goat cheese spread is a 5 ingredient, 5-minute easy appetizer that takes your happy hour to the next level with a very little amount of effort! The magic ingredients are goat cheese, olive oil, paprika, and Dijon mustard, which form into a creamy orange dip. And the final magic ingredient: capers! They add just the right amount of savory saltiness that make the dip shine. This is one of our quickest goat cheese recipes.
Goat cheese on Brussels sprouts? Why not! These are roasted in a very hot oven so that they become blackened and crisp. Dollop with mild harissa, a North African red pepper sauce that adds big flavor. Then of course crumble over chunks of creamy goat cheese. These days, Brussels sprouts are seeing a big comeback in popular opinion: this is one of the most delicious ways to eat them!
And rounding out these goat cheese recipes, this rainbow vegetable sandwich! It looks stunning and tastes just as amazing as it looks. One of the best ways we’ve found to get kids–and adults–to eat veggies is simply to make them look good. This sandwich features pickled radishes, roasted peppers, avocado, and red onion — and then of course goat cheese! Goat cheese is mixed with fresh herbs to make an over-the-top delicious sandwich spread. It’s a great component to add to any of your sandwiches, be it this one or others!
Is goat cheese healthy or better for you than cow’s cheese?
If you’re a cheese lover and healthy eater, goat cheese is one of your best bets. There are many benefits of goat cheese over a standard cow’s cheese like cheddar or mozzarella. Here are some of the benefits of goat cheese (Source: Prevention):
Goat cheese has more vitamins and minerals than cow’s cheese. Goat’s milk is richer in essential nutrients than cow’s milk (like vitamin A & B, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium).
Goat cheese has slightly less calories than cow’s cheese. Goat cheese has just 75 calories per ounce—less than cow cheeses like mozzarella (85), Swiss (108), and cheddar (115).
Goat cheese is easier to digest. Goat cheese has less lactose than cow’s milk and a slightly different protein structure. That means even people who are lactose intolerant many times can digest goat cheese!
Mince the garlic. In a medium skillet, combine the olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, dried basil, dried oregano, and 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.
Pour the tomato mixture into an oven-proof baking dish, then add goat cheese mounds on top. Bake for 15 minutes.
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).