This goat cheese dip is a delicious flavor explosion in your mouth with each bite! Between the creamy goat cheese and cream cheese, combined with the pepper jelly and a few other ingredients it’s seriously the best dip recipe!
Baked Goat Cheese Dip is one of the most popular dips I make! This goat cheese recipe is creamy and full of sweet heat and the perfect potluck dish or party appetizer!
Pepper jelly and goat cheese seem to be making a rise in popularity again. I totally see why, tart and creamy flavor of goat cheese adds tons of flavor to salads and other dishes, while pepper jelly is a sweet heat best complemented by savory ingredients.
A few years back my husband and I traveled to St. Lucia in the Caribbean. For the most part we participated in resort activities and outings, but kept hearing about “Mango’s Tours”.
One day at the pool Mango found us and proposed his day long outing to see the sights of St. Lucia in an intimate setting. Usually not risk takers, especially in foreign countries, we decided to break out of our norm and take Mango up on his cash-only offer.
The next morning, along with four other skeptical couples, we waited at the dock as Mango arrived in his small speed boat along with one of his teenage sons. We all boarded and zoomed off to explore the island.
We toured the coast and homes of the stars, hiked the Pitons and an active volcano and finally relaxed with natural mud baths and waterfalls in a rainforest.
The day ended with a meal at Mango’s home prepared by his wife, one of the most memorable meals ever! I received a tour of her kitchen and was able to ask some questions.
One of her staple ingredients was pepper jelly. Sold in the US for decades, it is a newer trend in swanky restaurants, fine food magazines and starting to mainstream.
Prepared from a Caribbean pepper, the scotch bonnet, this is a mouth watering, tangy, savory-sweet jelly. Most commonly it is used to glaze meats, fish and vegetables, as a spread for sandwiches, to toss chicken wings, in stir fry or for a tasty goat cheese dip appetizer!
If you’re wondering if goat cheese is dairy, then the answer is yes. It comes from an animal just like you get milk from a cow, therefore it’s technically considered a dairy product! The good news is that goat cheese can be used in practically anything to make it even better.
If you loved this goat cheese recipe, check out these other easy dip recipes:
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Pepper Jelly Goat Cheese Dip
- 16 ounces creamy goat cheese room temperature
- 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 4 large garlic cloves minced or pressed
- 6 ounces pepper jelly
- 1/4 cup scallions chopped, whites and greens, divided
- Cucumber slices or crostini for serving
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium mixing bowl, the bowl of a stand mixer or food processor, blend creamy goat cheese, cream cheese, honey, fine sea salt, garlic.
- Spread evenly in an 8-inch pie plate. Top with pepper jelly.
- Bake goat cheese dip for 5 minutes, remove and top with scallions. The key here is to warm it up, but not too much as goat cheese can separate and become grainy if it is heated too much.
- Remove from the oven and serve with crostini and cucumber slices.