During the holidays, and really throughout the entire year, it's nice to have a super easy appetizer in your back pocket. One that you can make on short notice - like if you have last minute guests stop by, or if you forget that you're supposed to bring a dish to share to a meeting, party, or event. Or if you don't have time to make anything time-consuming. We've all been there.
Let this be your "go-to" appetizer. It is embarrassingly easy, pretty and festive, and always well-received. Do you need more convincing? It's equally tasty fresh out of the oven, at room temperature, and chilled. Oh, and it only calls for three ingredients.
Goat cheese and pepper jelly are a great combination (try it on a grilled cheese and thank me later). Creamy, tangy goat cheese + addictively sweet and spicy pepper jelly spread on a piece of crusty bread? This is a winner all around.
Pepper-Glazed Goat Cheese Gratin
inspired by Food and Wine
- 10 oz creamy goat cheese, softened to room temperature
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature (low-fat is fine)
- large pinch of kosher salt
- 1/2 cup pepper jelly
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, and salt in a medium bowl, mixing well to combine. Spread in a lightly greased 8x8 inch baking dish or other small baking dish.
Whisk the pepper jelly in a small bowl to smooth out any lumps, then spread in an even layer over the cheese.
Bake 7-8 minutes, then turn on the broiler and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, until the top is bubbly.
Allow to cool slightly, then serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers.