This Smoked Garlic Goat Cheese recipe is an appetizer fit for any table, and is drizzled with chimichurri and served with big slices of fresh bread. Fancy enough for even a holiday table or dinner party, this recipe was inspired by the Herb Goat Cheese with Roasted Garlic appetizer at the Greenhouse Restaurant in Gig Harbor, WA.
Smoked Garlic Goat Cheese
I came to love goat cheese way too late in life. I’m talking like 36. The first time I tried goat cheese and actually liked it was at a restaurant in Kansas City called Rye. They served this whipped goat cheese there drizzled with honey and topped with herbs, and even though I thought that I wouldn’t like it because EWWW GOAT CHEESE, I didn’t want to look like a big picky baby in front of a table of food bloggers so I tried a piece, and my whole world changed.
I came home from that trip and immediately made a version of my own with this Honey Blueberry Whipped Goat Cheese, then I followed it up with a holiday version with our Whipped Cranberry Goat Cheese, and it was over for me.
Almost anytime I see goat cheese on a menu, I’m ordering it.
If you’re still on the “I don’t know about goat cheese” bus, one of those whipped versions that I linked above. It is a good entry-level goal cheese.
This one is not for rookies, though I suspect it would win over someone who has just dabbled in the goodness of goat cheese but isn’t opposed to it.
For goat cheese fans? You may have just found a new favorite.
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Smoked Garlic Goat Cheese shopping list
Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
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How to make Smoked Garlic Goat Cheese
This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.
Cut the cheese
Into larger rounds, or whatever you’d like to do with it. Shape doesn’t matter so much here. Put the rounds on a grill-safe dish. We aren’t cooking too hot here, so a high-quality ceramic plate that’s oven-safe will even work.
Preheat your pellet grill
250° is about perfect!
Break out that garlic confit
This part isn’t optional! If you need a good recipe for smoked garlic confit, check out the bottom of the post or pop over to this full recipe post for Traeger Smoked Garlic Confit here! Take it and drizzle it all over the goat cheese and toss some of those whole cloves on top while you’re at it.
Toss the goat cheese on it and let it cook for about 20-30 minutes, or until the cheese is heated through.
Drizzle with chimichurri, and serve with crusty garlic bread or slices of a baguette. Pick your pleasure!
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Garlic Goat Cheese FAQ
Can you make this without a smoker?
Absolutely! Both the garlic confit and this goat cheese can be made in the oven. You can follow the same times and temps, and it’ll be delicious!
How do you store the leftovers?
Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Eat within 2-3 days.
What else can you serve with Smoked Garlic Goat Cheese?
Want to make a meal out of it? I’ve got some great suggestions to round things out.
- Greek Salad or Wedge Salad (both have homemade dressing!)
Serve the goat cheese first as an appetizer, and then break out this tangy, bright Greek-inspired salad for the salad course.
- Beef Tenderloin or Prime Rib Roast
What’s better than a giant, medium-rare hunk of beef? Not much! Either of these would be totally fitting for a main after this fancy-feeling, but super simple goat cheese.
- Smoked Loaded Baked Potatoes
Because nothing says “steakhouse at home” like a perfect baked potato.
- Grilled Asparagus
Again – so easy, but next to a slice of tenderloin and that baked potato? YESSSSSS.
- Strawberry Shortcake
With homemade shortcakes, of course. 😉 This sweet fruity finisher is the perfect way to round out this meal.
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- Easy Smoked Garlic Goat Cheese
- 8 ounces goat cheese
- 12 cloves smoked garlic
- 1/4 cup smoked garlic olive oil
- 1/4 cup chimichurri
- 1 baguette
- 1/2 cup garlic butter (optional)
- Preheat your pellet grill to 250°F.
- Slice the goat cheese into 1-2" rounds and place on a grill-safe dish.
- Top with smoked garlic and drizzle with olive oil.
- Place the goat cheese onto the pellet grill and let it smoked for 20-30 minutes, or until the cheese is heated through.
- Slice the baguette in half or into rounds, spread with garlic butter (if desired), and toast lightly on the grill.
- Serve both warm, and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.
- 2 cups peeled whole garlic cloves
- 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
- fresh herbs (if desired)
- Preheat your grill to 180°. Place the garlic on a grill pan and drizzle with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Shake to coat.
- Smoke the garlic for an hour, shaking the pan periodically.
- Remove from the grill and place into a 1 1/2 - 2 quart casserole dish. (You want the oil to cover the garlic entirely. You can use a bigger dish, but you'll likely need more oil.) Pour in the remaining oil to cover the garlic. Add more oil if necessary to ensure the garlic is totally covered.
- Turn the grill up to 250° and put the pan on the grill.
- Cook until the garlic is lightly browned and soft. This can take 30 minutes or 90 minutes, depending on many different factors. Keep an eye on it, and remove when it is light golden brown and soft.
- Let cool, strain the garlic from the oil, and store both in air-tight containers in the refrigerator.
Serving size here is VERY approximate, and depends on what you wind up making with this, how much oil you use, and what kind of things you are cooking with it.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.
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