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Baked Goat Cheese Caprese Salad
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Baked Goat Cheese Caprese Salad

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"This is one of the most amazing and easy cheese appetizers ever. It's got that texture that people love about goat cheese. Basil and tomato have a proven track record of being incredibly delicious with creamy cheeses, and this is no exception."

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Original recipe makes 2 ramekins Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Drizzle about 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil into the bottom of each 6-ounce ramekin and sprinkle about 1 tablespoon basil per ramekin over the oil. Place 1 goat cheese piece over the basil in each ramekin; surround with sliced cherry tomatoes. Top with cracked black pepper and cayenne. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining basil on top of each portion, place ramekins on a baking sheet, and drizzle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons more olive oil.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • To make thinly sliced basil (chiffonade), roll 3 or 4 basil leaves together into a tight cylinder and slice into thin ribbons.

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Oct 19, 2013

Loved it. I did make a change to it the second time I made it. Instead of drizzling the oil over the tomatoes--I put the cut tomatoes in a small bowl and mixed the oil in with the tomatoes then placed them around the goat cheese and baked. I found that the oil was more evenly distributed.

Aug 09, 2014

Served this over mixed baby greens with slivered onion. Then drizzled 1 T balsamic dressing over greens before topping with warm Caprese Salad. A meal in itself!


14 Ratings

Oct 25, 2013

Love this recipe! Although, I did add minced garlic and salt. Even made it once with rosemary olive oil and various colored cherry tomatoes - delish! For 8 - 10 appetizer servings I doubled recipe, baked in one dish and successfully used anywhere from 8 to 10 oz. goat cheese. - served with garlic pita chips. Using individual ramekins with crostini would make for a very elegant first course for the holidays. Thanks Chef John!

Jul 16, 2013

Very tasty and so easy to put together.

May 27, 2013

It was a hit! I used one of the really big logs of cheese (16 oz) because I was going to a large party. Using my small (1-1/2 C) and medium (3 C) vintage Pyrex refrigerator dishes, I put 1/3 of the log in the small one and 2/3 in the large one. Had to bake the large one 7 minutes longer. Served with Pita Chips and Multi-grain chips. Lovely!

Aug 03, 2015

This was phenomenal! I made the recipe using grape tomatoes rather than cherry tomatoes (the grocery store didn't have the latter), so next time I might increase the ratio of tomatoes to cheese if I use grape tomatoes again. My husband, who tends to be hit and miss when it comes to goat cheese, said twice that it was "very nice". (That's his "speak" for "I loved this!") I look forward to making this for company, it's so easy and presents so well. GREAT post, one of the best recipes I've come across on this site! **UPDATE** I usually make this on the same day that I make basil pesto, as not many basil leaves are required for this recipe and if I don't plan to do something else with the basil, it goes to waste. Today I inadvertently forgot to put some basil aside for this dish, so I used a dollop of my freshly made pesto in place of the basil. I couldn't have imagined this recipe getting any better, but it did! I think I may use pesto in place of basil from now on! So incredibly good!

Oct 06, 2014

This was amazing!!! My Husband loved it! My kids came out to visit and I made it for them, they couldn't get enough of it. Chef John you are the best!!! Any time I see a recipe from you I add it to my recipe box because I know it's gonna be good!

May 04, 2014

I made this appie and it was to die for delicious..I used a larger piece of goat cheese and put it in a Brie cheese container, stuffed lots of cherry tomatoes around..there was not a speck leftover. I used garlic flavoured olive oil, for sure this recipe is a winner... Don't forget to use the fresh basil.


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  • Calories
  • 178 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.1 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 15.5 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 6.8 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 152 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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