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Baked Goat Cheese with Fig Jam
November 23, 2020 (last updated January 14, 2021) in Appetizers · Canning & Preserving · Gluten-Free · Vegetarian · 1 Comment

Warm, baked goat cheese is an incredibly easy and delicious appetizer when combined with dollops of fig jam and toasted pecans. The dish comes together in under 20 minutes, and the resulting creaminess of the goat cheese is to die for. Freeze the goat cheese for a few minutes before slicing to create perfect rounds!

baked goat cheese in a small white cast iron skillet with fig jam and crackers surrounding the dish

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A-mazing appetizer alert.

I’m bringing you an equally easy AND delicious alternative to baked brie for the holiday season – Baked GOAT CHEESE with fig jam, toasted pecans, and thyme (or rosemary!)

All you need are 4 ingredients and 15 minutes.

This warm appetizer is the best mix of savory and sweet, with both creamy and crunchy components. The oven

Since canning this Red Wine Fig Jam, I’ve been using it in all kinds of ways. But pairing it with baked goat cheese and nutty pecans is currently where the party is at. The figs shine through, and the red wine is particularly lovely!

fig jam in a ball canning jar
pouring olive oil over goat cheese in a white cast iron skillet

How To Cut Goat Cheese Into Rounds

If you try and slice goat cheese straight from the refrigerator, you’ll likely end up with a mess from it crumbling, and sticking to the knife.

To cut goat cheese into perfect rounds, freeze the log for 15 minutes, then slice into 1/2 inch thick circles, cleaning your knife off after each slice. This will also prevent it from sticking to the knife.

goat cheese surrounded by fig jam in a cast iron skillet
pre-bake.

Making Baked Goat Cheese

Some baked goat cheese recipes require a food processor, but this recipe requires just one pan – a small cast iron skillet or oven safe baking dish will work great!

  • Freeze your goat cheese for 15 minutes.
  • Cut into 1/2 inch thick rounds and add them to baking pan.
  • Drizzle olive oil on top of goat cheese.
  • Add spoonfuls of fig jam to open pockets.
  • Sprinkle with chopped pecans and fresh thyme. Then bake!
baked goat cheese with fig jam in a white cast iron skillet
baked goat cheese in cast iron skillet surrounded by crackers

What to serve with baked goat cheese:

Crackers are my preferred dipping vehicle!
But crusty sourdough bread is also an excellent choice.

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baked goat cheese in cast iron skillet surrounded by crackers

Baked Goat Cheese with Fig Jam

Yield: serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

An easy goat cheese appetizer, baked with fig jam and pecans.

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 ounce) log fresh goat cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fig jam
  • fresh thyme or rosemary
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • flaky salt

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    2. Freeze your goat cheese for 15 minutes.
    3. Unwrap from packaging. Cut into 1/2 inch thick rounds and add to a small cast iron skillet or small baking pan.
    4. Drizzle olive oil on top of goat cheese.
    5. Add spoonfuls of fig jam to open pockets.
    6. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and fresh thyme. Bake for 15-18 minute until bubbling and warmed through. Sprinkle flaky salt on top. Serve with crackers or bread.

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