Creamy, rich goat cheese is the perfect contrast to the bright, acidic tomatoes in this outrageously delicious baked dip. Served on crisp homemade Crostini, this Goat Cheese & Marinara Dip is the perfect festive holiday appetizer.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a small (approx. 8”) baking dish with cooking spray.
Combine goat cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan and dried basil in a medium-sized bowl. Spread into the baking dish, leaving a 1” border around the edges. Fill the border around the goat cheese mixture with the marinara sauce. Sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is golden brown.
Garnish with fresh basil, cut into ribbons (chiffonade).
Serve immediately with Crostini or crisp crackers for dipping.
To make the Crostini:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice a baguette into 1/2" slices. Arrange on a large baking sheet and drizzle/brush with olive oil on both sides. Bake for about 6-7 minutes, turn bread over and bake for 3-4 more minutes or until bread is golden on both sides. This can be done at the same time as the dip.
Serve immediately with your favorite dip.
Serve with crostini, crackers, or celery for dipping.