Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese Spread in Ceramic Bowl

This delicious Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese spread makes the most delicious appetizer and spread. Don’t sleep on this! 

It has easily become one of my favorite everyday, elevated recipes and pairs well with just about everything. 

Simple to prepare, herbaceous, and nearly impossible to resist! It also happens to be perfect for summer (or year-long) entertaining, as the flavors are bright and fresh.

 

This herbed goat cheese spread comes together in seconds. It blows store-bought herbed goat cheese out of the water and requires only a handful of ingredients. 

My absolute favorite way to enjoy it is to spread it thickly onto crusty artisan sourdough bread (preferably, grilled!) – it pairs particularly well with this olive sourdough – or serve it with crackers. 

 

It can be enjoyed as a simple appetizer or used in sandwiches, but also pairs wonderfully with eggs, grilled or roasted vegetables, or tossed with pasta.

Don’t underestimate the versatility of this spread! 

Herbed Goat Cheese Ingredients on Board


Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese Ingredients: 

  • GOAT CHEESEyou‘ll need one (4-ounce) package of goat cheese. be sure to allow it come to room temperature for flavor, texture, and easy mixing. this recipe makes about 4 servings, so be sure to double the recipe if you’re feeding a crowd! 
  • DILL + FLAT LEAF PARSLEY – dill is the star of this goat cheese spread. parsley adds an extra dose of brightness! save a few dill fronds for garnishing. 
  • GARLIC – finely grated with a microplane 
  • RED PEPPER FLAKES – adds a touch of heat
  • LEMON JUICE + ZEST – for balance and acidity
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – just a touch for blending. I like to drizzle more on top of the spread for serving! 

 

Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese Spread with Grilled Sourdough Bread

Ways to Serve This Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese:

  • spread on a crusty loaf of artisan sourdough to accompany soup or an entree – even better if it’s sliced extra-thick and lightly grilled
  • served with crackers or veggies for a quick crowd-pleasing appetizer
  • sandwich spread – it pairs wonderfully with smoked salmon, Italian deli meats, or roasted or grilled vegetables
  • stuffed into an omelette or crumbled into a frittata, it goes wonderfully with eggs
  • tossed with pasta until creamy or even added to a vegetarian lasagna!
 

Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese Spread in Ceramic Bowl

Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese Spread in Ceramic Bowl

Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese Spread

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This delicious garlicky herbed goat cheese spread makes the most delectable appetizer or spread. Spread on toasted or grilled sourdough bread or crackers, or use it for epic sandwich creations. It also pairs wonderfully with eggs, roasted or grilled vegetables, and can also be tossed with pasta!

Ingredients

  • 4 ounce package goat cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup fresh dill fronds plus more for garnishing
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove finely grated with a microplane
  • 1 large pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions 

  • Combine all the ingredients in a mini food processor. Pulse until just whipped and blended (and the herbs are well-distributed in small, even pieces), scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice if needed. Transfer the goat cheese spread to a serving bowl (I like to place it off-center, as seen in the photos above), using the back of a large spoon to create a divet and swoosh.
  • Just before serving, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and garnish with several dill fronds. This goat cheese spread is best served right away, but can be prepared in advance and stores well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • If you do not have a mini food processor or don't wish to use one: before proceeding, finely chop the herbs (it is especially important for the goat cheese to be at room temperature if mixing by hand) and mix everything together with a spoon or spatula until well incorporated. *I prefer to use a mini food processor, because it is quick, fast, and incorporates a little air into the goat cheese, creating a slightly whipped, lighter texture.

Serving Ideas:

  • spread on a crusty loaf of artisan sourdough to accompany soup or an entree - even better if it's sliced extra-thick and lightly grilled
  • served with crackers or veggies for a quick crowd-pleasing appetizer
  • sandwich spread - it pairs wonderfully with smoked salmon, Italian deli meats, or roasted or grilled vegetables
  • stuffed into an omelette or crumbled into a frittata, it goes wonderfully with eggs
  • tossed with pasta until creamy or even added to a vegetarian lasagna!
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 89kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 152mg