Baked Goat Cheese and Bruschetta Dip

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Baked goat cheese and bruschetta dip is a warm, indulgent blend of creamy goat cheese and a vibrant, fresh tomato topping, perfect for dipping into with your favorite crusty bread or crisp crackers.

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Creamy Goat Cheese and Bruschetta Dip

Baked goat cheese bruschetta dip combines the creamy, tangy flavors of goat cheese with the fresh, sweet taste of classic bruschetta.

Oven-baked to perfection, the cheese melts into a soft, spreadable delight, while the tomato mixture on top stays bright and juicy! This dish is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for serving as an appetizer at gatherings or as a decadent treat for a cozy night in. The contrast between the warm, gooey cheese and the cool, zesty bruschetta makes every bite an irresistible blend of comfort and refreshment.

This dip is super delicious and compliant with a lot of diets and dietary restrictions so its one of my go-to recipes when I am having people over or taking something to a potluck. If you want to make it allergy friendly, make sure you use bruschetta spread that doesn’t contain nuts. Enjoy!

A dish of tomato and basil dip, served on a cutting board.

How to Make Baked Goat Cheese and Bruschetta Dip

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Goat cheese (8 oz.) – Goat cheese provides a tangy and creamy base that perfectly complements the other ingredients in the dip.
  • Cream cheese (4 oz.) – Cream cheese adds a smooth, rich texture, making the dip more indulgent and spreadable.
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (1 cup) – Mozzarella cheese brings a mild, melty quality that contributes to the gooey, delicious consistency of the baked dip.
  • Full-fat Greek yogurt (½ cup) – Greek yogurt introduces a slight tang and creamy lightness, balancing the richness of the cheeses.
  • Garlic cloves (2) – Garlic infuses the dip with a pungent, aromatic flavor that deepens the overall taste profile.
  • Onion powder (1 tsp) – Onion powder offers a subtle, savory depth without the texture of fresh onions, enhancing the other flavors.
  • Garlic powder (1 tsp) – Garlic powder provides a concentrated garlic flavor that is both mellow and sweet, complementing the fresh garlic.
  • Tomato Bruschetta (1 cup) – Tomato bruschetta, with its fresh tomatoes, olive oil, and herbs, adds a vibrant, zesty layer on top of the creamy cheeses.
  • DeLallo Modena Balsamic Glaze (2 Tbsp.) – DeLallo Modena balsamic glaze drizzled over the top introduces a sweet and tangy finish that beautifully contrasts the creamy dip.
  • Fresh Basil leaves (3 Tbsp) – Fresh basil, sprinkled on as a garnish, brings a burst of freshness and a hint of peppery spice that ties all the flavors together.
  • Grilled crostini or pita for serving

Use this Method

Combine. In a large bowl, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, mozzarella, Greek yogurt, garlic powder, onion powder, and garlic; mix well.

Spread. Transfer to a greased 1-quart baking dish or ovenproof skillet, and spread into an even layer.

Bake. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake until warmed through and bubbling, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Add Topping and Serve. Spoon Tomato Bruschetta mixture overtop, and finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Garnish with fresh chopped basil leaves.

A dish of bruschetta dip with bread on a cutting board.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Goat Cheese Bruschetta Dip

Use Fresh Ingredients: For the bruschetta topping, use ripe, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and high-quality olive oil for the best flavor.

Drain the Tomatoes: To prevent the dip from becoming too watery, seed and drain your chopped tomatoes before mixing them with the other bruschetta ingredients.

Season the Goat Cheese: Enhance the goat cheese by mixing in herbs, garlic, or a drizzle of honey before baking, adding depth to its natural tanginess.

Pre-Bake the Goat Cheese: Briefly bake the goat cheese alone to warm it through before adding the bruschetta topping, ensuring the cheese is perfectly soft and spreadable.

Broil for Finish: For a golden top, switch your oven to broil for the last few minutes of baking, keeping a close eye to prevent burning.

Add Balsamic Glaze: A drizzle of balsamic reduction over the finished dip adds a sweet and tangy contrast that complements both the cheese and tomatoes.

Serve with Variety: Offer a selection of dipping options like toasted baguette slices, crostini, crackers, or even vegetable sticks for a variety of textures and flavors.

Let It Rest: Allow the dip to sit for a few minutes after baking for the flavors to meld together and the cheese to set slightly, making it easier to scoop.

Garnish Wisely: Finish the dish with fresh basil leaves or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for an extra pop of color and flavor.

Experiment with Cheeses: While goat cheese is traditional, consider blending it with ricotta or cream cheese for a creamier texture and milder flavor.

Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your goat cheese is at room temperature before mixing with other ingredients to make it easier to blend and spread.

Adjust to Taste: Taste your bruschetta mixture and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, or a splash of olive oil before topping the goat cheese.

FAQs

What type of goat cheese is best for this dip?

Use a soft, spreadable goat cheese for the best texture. It should be creamy enough to spread easily after baking.

Can I use store-bought bruschetta topping?

Yes, you can use store-bought bruschetta topping for convenience, but homemade bruschetta made with fresh tomatoes and basil will provide the best flavor.

How do I prevent the dip from becoming too watery?

Seed and drain your tomatoes before mixing them into the bruschetta to remove excess moisture, and let the bruschetta mixture sit to allow flavors to meld and any remaining liquid to be absorbed or evaporated.

Can I make this dip ahead of time?

You can prepare the bruschetta topping and goat cheese mixture ahead of time, but it’s best to bake the dip just before serving to enjoy it warm and creamy.

Can I add other ingredients to the bruschetta topping?

Absolutely! Consider adding diced olives, capers, or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to the bruschetta mixture for added flavor.

Is it necessary to broil the dip?

Broiling is optional but recommended if you want a slightly crispy, golden top. Just watch it closely to prevent burning.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in the oven or microwave.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Yes, while goat cheese is traditional, you can experiment with feta, ricotta, or a blend of cheeses for a different flavor profile.

Can this dish be made gluten-free?

To make this dish gluten-free, ensure that the goat cheese and any accompaniments like crackers or bread are certified gluten-free.

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What to Enjoy with Baked Creamy Bruschetta Dip

Crusty Baguette: Sliced and lightly toasted, a baguette offers a crunchy texture that contrasts beautifully with the creamy dip. Try overnight garlic herb focaccia!

Crostini: Small, toasted slices of bread brushed with olive oil provide a crisp base that’s perfect for spreading the dip.

Assorted Crackers: Choose a variety from whole grain to water crackers to add different textures and flavors.

Grilled Vegetables: Zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant grilled to perfection add a smoky flavor and can be dipped or topped with the goat cheese mixture.

Fresh Vegetable Sticks: Carrot, cucumber, and celery sticks offer a fresh, crunchy alternative for dipping.

Charcuterie: A selection of cured meats like prosciutto, salami, and coppa pairs wonderfully with the tanginess of the goat cheese. Try this Christmas cheese board!

Olives and Pickles: A small bowl of mixed olives or pickled vegetables adds a briny contrast to the creamy and rich dip.

Nuts and Dried Fruits: Almonds, walnuts, and dried apricots or figs can add a sweet and nutty element to your snack spread.

Fruit Slices: Fresh slices of apple, pear, or grapes can offer a sweet and juicy component that complements the savory dip.

White Wine or Sparkling Wine: A crisp and refreshing white wine or a glass of sparkling wine pairs beautifully with the tangy and creamy goat cheese.

Light Salads: A simple arugula salad or mixed greens salad dressed with a light vinaigrette provides a fresh counterbalance to the richness of the dip.

Herb-infused Olive Oil: For an extra touch of flavor, offer a small bowl of olive oil infused with herbs like rosemary or thyme for dipping.

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Baked Goat Cheese and Bruschetta Dip

Baked goat cheese and bruschetta dip is a warm, creamy delight, combining the tangy richness of goat cheese with the fresh, vibrant flavors of tomato bruschetta, perfect for scooping up with crusty bread or crispy crackers.
Course Dips
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, chips and dip, dip, goat cheese bake, keto, paleo, tomato spread, whole 30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 297kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. goat cheese softened to room temperature
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 grated garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup Tomato Bruschetta Spread
  • 2 Tbsp. DeLallo Modena Balsamic Glaze
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Grilled crostini or pita for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • In a large bowl, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, mozzarella, Greek yogurt, garlic powder, onion powder, and garlic; mix well.
  • Transfer to a greased 1-quart baking dish or ovenproof skillet, and spread into an even layer.
  • Bake until warmed through and bubbling, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Spoon Tomato Bruschetta mixture overtop, and finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Garnish with fresh chopped basil leaves.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 419mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g

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