This baked goat cheese dip is layered with hummus, pesto and of course, tangy goat cheese!
Balsamic tomatoes are spooned on top just before serving!
I love to entertain and host events; it is a fun way to spend time with family and friends in a relaxed and playful atmosphere. I’d be lying, however, if I didn’t disclose that part of the reason I am eager to entertain is the FOOD! Friends and family give me the opportunity to try out new recipes or revisit old favorites.
I do try to consider the tastes of my guests, but to be honest, the food I make is all about me. I tend to center my food around my preferences and tastes, which admittedly, may not be the most gracious thing to do. This easy baked goat cheese dip is a perfect example. This dip is ALL about me.
Each layer of this goat cheese dip is a flavor I adore! The base is Sabra’s Roasted Garlic Hummus. The hummus is creamy with a healthy dollop of roasted garlic right in the center. The garlic covers the entire surface of the dish as you spread out the hummus, which is exactly what you want! The next layer is pesto. Man, I could eat pesto with a spoon! Nothing beats a good basil pesto, it adds so much flavor to dishes, like this easy gnocchi recipe and these Caprese chicken portobello mushrooms. Lastly, we get to the top layer which is goat cheese and cream cheese mixed together.
The dip bakes up hot and bubbly and just before serving, add some crisp freshness and a dose of color with halved cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. I also added chopped prosciutto because I had it handy, but it is optional. This goat cheese dip is the kind of food that starts out as an appetizer, but turns into the unofficial meal! Crudites and crackers make this unofficial meal satisfying and complete!
This goat cheese dip has fresh flavors and tastes good. Snack on it between meals or bring folks together and have an “unofficial meal” with friends!
- 10 oz container Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
- 4 oz jarred pesto
- 8 oz softened cream cheese
- 4 oz softened goat cheese
- 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan
- 1/2 sliced red cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 sliced yellow cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- chopped prosciutto, optional
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Lightly spray an 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Spread hummus on the bottom of the dish. Top hummus with pesto.
In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese and cream cheese until smooth. Carefully spread cheese mixture over the pesto. Sprinkle Parmesan over the goat cheese mixture. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly.
Meanwhile, combine the halved tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. After removing the dip from the oven, carefully top the dip with the tomatoes. Top dip with prosciutto if using.
Amount Per Serving Calories 252Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 30mgSodium 437mgFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 7g