Balsamic-Strawberry Baked Goat Cheese Dip Recipe

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A sweet and creamy dip so decadent that you just might ditch your date for it. Morgan Eisenberg

Tangy goat cheese whipped with cream cheese and honey, baked into a rich base for balsamic strawberries and basil, and then served with crunchy toasted French bread for dunking. You can't help but swoon over that.

Why this recipe works:

  • Balsamic vinegar enhances and balances the sweetness of the strawberries.
  • Whipping the cheeses and honey in the food processor keeps the dip from becoming dense and heavy when baked.

Notes: Cheap balsamic vinegar works just fine here, so there is no need to splurge. As the vinegar is reduced, it takes on the taste and texture of higher-quality products.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing and greasing

  • 14 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (see note)

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 12 ounces strawberries, hulled and diced

  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush both sides lightly with olive oil. Bake until golden, about 8 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine goat cheese, cream cheese, and honey in a food processor and process until fluffy and smooth. Grease a small (1 quart) baking dish with olive oil and scrape in goat cheese mixture. Using a spoon, smooth goat cheese into an even layer; then use the spoon to create a slight indentation in the center that rises evenly towards the edges (this will help cradle the strawberries later).

  3. In a small saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar and sugar over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until vinegar is slightly syrupy and coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

  4. Place goat cheese dip in the oven and bake until lightly browned on top, 10-12 minutes.

  5. Stir together strawberries, basil, and balsamic reduction in a small bowl. Spoon berries and any juices on top of the baked goat cheese dip and serve warm with the toasted baguette slices.

Special equipment

Food processor, small (1-quart) baking dish

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
643 Calories
36g Fat
59g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 643
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 878mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 34mg 168%
Calcium 184mg 14%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 265mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)