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Herb Coated Goat Cheese

This recipe shared at the Food Network Chefs Dinner (a Giada De Laurentiis recipe) will please your taste buds. A mixture of olive oil, chopped Italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, coarsely cracked black pepper, and salt combine with soft goat cheese to make an amazing appetizer served with crostini.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 36 pieces 1x


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3 tablespoons olive oil
36 (1/2-inch-thick) slices baguette
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
2 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon coarsely cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 11ounce log soft fresh goat cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or Meyer lemon olive oil
Fresh herb sprigs, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Arrange the bread slices on two heavy baking sheets. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the bread slices. Bake until the crostini are pale golden and crisp, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir the herbs, lemon zest, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl to blend.
Using about 2 teaspoons of cheese for each, form the goat cheese into 1-inch diameter balls.
Roll the cheese balls in the herb mixture to coat completely. Arrange the cheese balls on a platter.
Drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil over and around the cheese balls. Serve with the crostini. Garnish with herb sprigs.


The crostini and cheese balls can be prepared 1 day ahead. Store the crostini in an airtight container at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate the cheese balls.

  • Author: 9
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian Fusion
  • Diet: Halal


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 60 kcal
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 100mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg

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