15 Recipes That Prove Goat Cheese Makes Everything Better

updated Jun 30, 2020
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Any time I’m scanning through a recipe and see goat cheese in the ingredient list, I’m immediately sold. I simply cannot resist its unmistakable smooth, creamy tang. I’ll happily crumble some onto my salad, but I’m always looking for fun, easy goat cheese recipes and new ways to use the ingredient. And as it turns out, there’s no shortage of ideas. From a frittata to mini cheesecakes, there’s always a place for goat cheese. Here are 15 recipes to help you work more goat cheese into everything you eat.

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Pesto and Goat Cheese Tarte Soleil
What's not to love about puff pastry, herby pesto, and tangy goat cheese? This looks and tastes seriously impressive, but it's way easier to pull off than it seems — trust me.
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Asparagus, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Frittata
Creamy, tangy goat cheese is my absolute favorite cheese to dot on top of a frittata. And it's an especially great fit here to complement the salty pieces of prosciutto and fresh, grassy asparagus.
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Goat Cheese "Polenta" with Cherry Tomatoes
Polenta gets a big upgrade, thanks to creamy goat cheese, oven-roasted tomatoes, and fresh basil, for a light and comforting summer dinner.
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Ina Garten's Roasted Eggplant Parmesan
There are several things that make Ina's eggplant Parm such a stand-out star, like the fact that she calls for roasting the eggplant and goes all in with the cheese. But unlike classic versions, she includes creamy herbed goat cheese in addition to the mozzarella and Parm, and boy is it amazing.
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Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Stuffed portobellos are basically a dinner-sized version of stuffed mushrooms. This vegetarian version skips the breadcrumbs in favor of wilted spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, creamy goat cheese, and a sprinkle of Parm. It's wholesome, fresh, and totally satisfying.
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Creamy Avocado Dip
Take three simple things — ripe avocado, soft goat cheese, and lemon juice — and whirl them together to create the creamiest, dreamiest dip you’ve ever imagined. Serve it with tortilla or pita chips, crackers, or crudités and it will be gone before you blink.
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Mixed Mushroom and Goat Cheese Popover Bake
Make this loaded family-sized bake once, and I can guarantee that you'll never look at popovers the same way again.
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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine
Thanks to a chunk of goat cheese (about four ounces), this wildly delicious, creamy sauce comes together shockingly fast and with very little effort. After you try it, you'll wonder why you haven't been making it all along.
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Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Corn, Goat Cheese & Tomatoes
I can tell you from experience that after you add goat cheese to your scrambled eggs, you may never be able to eat them plain again.
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Avocado with Goat Cheese and Arugula
Salty strips of prosciutto and lemony goat cheese are rolled around creamy avocado slices and peppery arugula for an appetizer that few can resist.
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Goat Cheese, Honey & Pistachio Mini Cheesecakes with Meyer Lemon Cream
These individual-sized cheesecakes skip the cream cheese in favor of a creamy, tangy combo of goat cheese and crème fraîche (or sour cream). You'll make both the crust and filling in the food processor, and if you don't have an individual cheesecake pan, a standard muffin tin will work just fine. The lemon is lovely, but you won't miss out by swapping it for some fresh berries instead.
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Healthier Veggie Mac & Cheese
This lightened-up mac and cheese is just as irresistibly creamy as any version I've ever tasted (which is a lot!), but leans on a mix of creamy goat cheese and Greek yogurt for the sauce.
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Cherry Tomato, Corn, and Goat Cheese Pizza
If you love a pizza that's topped with dollops of ricotta, this summery pie is right up your alley.
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Potato, Squash & Goat Cheese Gratin
Unlike most vegetable gratins that are swimming in cheese and cream, this one is different. It’s as simple as this: yellow squash layered in a jumble with sliced red potato and goat cheese. It bakes up light and tender, and still delivers the comfort you crave from this vegetable casserole.
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Savory Radish and Goat Cheese Muffins
If you have yet to get acquainted with savory muffins, this is an absolutely wonderful place to begin. They're buttery and hearty, and baking works to tame the bite of the radish a bit, making it an even better friend to the creamy crumbles of goat cheese.
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