Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipes

A goat cheese appetizer is sure to be a hit anywhere &mdash at the family dinner table, informal social gathering or office party.

Goat cheese is versatile and delicious, and still a bit of a novelty in many western countries, so its great taste in an appetizer tray can attract quite a bit of attention from first-time tasters.

The possibilities for appetizer recipes involving goat cheese are almost limitless. In addition to the many flavorings for creating spreads, along with the recipes on this page, sections of goat cheese quesadillas can also be used as appetizers.

And, for a more formal dinner appetizer, small portions of warm goat cheese salad can be served for a mouthwatering and elegant start to the meal.

A platter of fried goat cheese will be gone in the blink of an eye, so be sure to have more ready!

Drunken goat cheese served with crackers is not only a delicious appetizer, but the name is sure to stimulate conversation, as well!

Below are some other great ideas for goat cheese appetizers.

Fried Banana Peppers with Basil-Cayenne Goat Cheese Filling

Banana pepper goat cheese appetizers

This appetizer idea struck me as I was pulling the last of a large crop of banana peppers from the plants in my garden at the end of summer.

We usually run out of interesting ways to use these mild peppers long before the plants stop producing, but not any more!

The distinctive, sweet taste of the peppers goes well with the other seasonings and the goat cheese, and can be prepared in two different ways.

For a more formal dinner with served courses, prepare the peppers whole and serve one to each guest, to be eaten with fork and knife.

For a tray appetizer, cut the peppers into 3/4" rings and serve as a finger food. They're delicious either way!


  • 4 large banana (sweet) peppers
  • 8 oz. soft chevre goat cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil
Wash the banana peppers, cut off the stem end, and remove the seeds by scraping a knife along the inner wall of the pepper. If desired, cut the peppers into 3/4" rings.

Mix together the goat cheese, salt, cayenne and basil in a small bowl. In another small bowl, whisk the egg with 1 tsp. water. Place the bread crumbs mixed with the optional parmesan cheese in a third bowl or on a small plate.

For whole peppers, place 1/4 of the cheese mixture inside each pepper. For pepper rings, stuff each ring with cheese. Then, dip the stuffed peppers or rings in the egg mixture, and batter in the bread crumbs. Repeat the egg wash and bread crumb battering once more for a thicker crust.
Battered banana peppers stuffed with goat cheese

Banana pepper rings stuffed with goat cheese

Be sure to coat the open ends of the whole peppers with the bread crumbs to keep the warm goat cheese from leaking out.

Heat a skillet with about 1" vegetable oil until hot. Using tongs, place the banana peppers in the hot oil, turning as needed to brown all sides. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Serve plain, or with marinara or salsa dip, or herb garnish.

Garlic-Dill Goat Cheese Spread


  • 6 oz. soft chevre goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried dill, or 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped dill
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
Mix all ingredients well, and serve with assorted crackers or fresh vegetable slices. This will taste best if you prepare it ahead of time so the flavors can mix well.

Other Goat Cheese Spread Ideas

Cheese spread with crackers or vegetables is the timeless party appetizer, and goat cheese can function much like sour cream or cream cheese when it comes to seasoning for serving ideas.

Try using some of the pre-made dry seasoning mixes to create a familiar flavor with the added unique taste of goat cheese. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • taco or fajita seasoning
  • ranch dressing mix
  • french onion dip mix
  • Italian dressing mix

Start by mixing in small amounts, and increase until the flavor is almost enough. Then, place in the refrigerator for a few hours. Remember, the flavors will intensify with time. If it's not flavorful enough when you take it out, you can always add a little more.

Articles are updated frequently, so check back here for any new recipes for goat cheese appetizers!

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