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Aerial view of goat cheese slices in a dish with oil and herbs.

Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 as an appetizer 1x

Description

Easy but elegant herb marinated goat cheese.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 10-oz. goat cheese log
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (remove the leaves for use in the marinade and toss or compost the stems)
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
  • 1 sourdough or french baguette, sliced

Instructions

  1. Slice the goat cheese log into discs about 1/3″ thick. I like to pop the goat cheese in the freezer for 10 minutes before I slice it – it helps to slice the cheese more easily and helps the slices hold their shape.
  2. Lay goat cheese slices down in a single layer in a 9×13 pan or a container with a tight-fitting lid.
  3. In a large measuring cup, mix olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, thyme leaves, and chives (or whatever herbs you have on hand!) together.
  4. Pour olive oil and herb mixture over the goat cheese and cover the container with an airtight lid or wrap. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
  5. Remove goat cheese from fridge about 20 minutes before you’re ready to serve. This will let the cheese soften a bit so it’s easier to spread on bread or crackers.
  6. Serve goat cheese with baguette slices and enjoy!

Notes

Use whatever combination of herbs you have on hand – basil, thyme, chives, dill, rosemary, you name it! You can also experiment with adding additional flavors, like lemon juice, red pepper flakes, jalapeño slices, etc.

Be sure to use a good quality olive oil.

You can toast the baguette slices before serving if you like, but I kind of like to keep them untoasted so that once the cheese is gone we can use the rest of the bread to soak up any remaining olive oil.