Looking for a tasty appetizer that’s sure to please everyone? Check out this tantalizing recipe for Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese! This dip combines simple ingredients like marinara, basil, and goat cheese and will hit the spot when you’re craving Italian flavors.
To make this Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese, you just need to add the ingredients to a baking dish, throw it in the oven and (not so) patiently wait for it to finish! After the dip comes out of the oven, you will be left with a bubbly, cheesy, and melty appetizer that is perfect to pair with toasted bread. This is a recipe that can easily be finished off while you are busy entertaining guests.
Despite it’s simplicity, this recipe is rich in both flavor and nutrition. Thanks to the canned tomato product (marinara sauce), there is a plethora of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, and lycopene. Both vitamin C and lycopene are antioxidants that function in our body to reduce inflammation and destroy free radicals that can cause disease. Additionally, lycopene has been proven to protect the body against many chronic diseases and even reduce the risk of stroke, which is why canned tomatoes are one superfood you should have in your pantry.
You can also make this recipe all year round, as canned tomatoes are a nutritious and affordable pantry staple. So, what are you waiting for? Give this Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese a try for your next party. And don’t forget to make extra–this dip is so good that it will fly right off the table!
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1 (8 oz.) log goat cheese, softened
2 cups marinara sauce
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ cup fresh basil, chiffonade
- Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
- Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray. Press the goat cheese to fit the shape of the pan, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge.
- Spoon the marinara sauce along the edge and along the sides of the goat cheese. Make sure to not cover the center of the cheese. Sprinkle salt over top.
- Bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the goat cheese is soft and the marinara is bubbling.
- Remove the cheese from the oven and top with fresh basil. Serve with bread and crackers and enjoy!
One Skillet Beefy 7-Layer Dip
Cheesy Pizza Dip
Chicken Parmesan Dip
Looking for a tasty appetizer that will please a crowd? Check out this one skillet beefy 7-layer dip! This dip combines ingredients like sweet onion, sour cream, black beans, chiles, canned tomatoes, jalapeños and cheddar cheese and will hit the spot when you are craving Mexican cuisine!
To make this appetizer, you just need to add the ingredients to a baking dish, throw it in the oven and (not so) patiently wait for it to finish! After the dip comes out of the oven, you will be left with a bubbly, cheesy, and melty dip that is perfect to pair with tortillas or chips on the side. This is a recipe that can easily be finished off while you are busy entertaining guests.
Other than the protein, one of the other key ingredients in this recipe is tomato paste. Tomato paste is a great ingredient to use do develop a depth of flavor, add color, and boost the nutritional value! Tomatoes are a great source of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, and lycopene. Both vitamin C and lycopene are antioxidants that function in our body to reduce inflammation and destroy free radicals that can cause disease. So, the next time you are shopping, pick up some tomato paste. It is such a versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide variety of dishes from Italian to Mexican cuisine!
Get the full recipe for One Skillet Beefy 7-Layer Dip by visiting our friends at the Beef Council.
Looking for another delicious appetizer? Check out this recipe for BLT Dip.
The holiday season is upon us, which means that it’s time for parties, social gatherings, and family events. While we all love celebrating the end of the year, these gatherings are all synonymous with menu planning, which can add stress to an already busy time. But what if you didn’t have to be worried about what to serve at a party? That’s where these winter caprese toasts with roasted tomatoes and pesto come in handy! These little appetizers are easy to assemble and are packed with the nutrition power of canned tomoes. Plus, you can get them on the party table in under 30 minutes, so what’s not to love? The only thing you should do is make extras, because these are sure to quickly disappear!
In the winter, canned tomatoes make the absolute best Caprese (tomato and mozzarella) salads because they are picked at the peak of ripeness and their summer flavor is locked in. (In fact, this is a secret that tomato growers have long been using to impress their party guests.) When you slow roast those canned tomatoes you concentrate their flavor even more as they become gorgeously browned and caramelized in the oven. Here, instead of being paired with mozzarella in a salad, those glorious tomatoes are piled onto crisp toasts spread with basil pesto for a flavor-packed party appetizer you can eat with your hands. As an alternative, you can skip the toast and layer everything into Bibb lettuce cups instead. While these Winter Caprese Toasts may be small, they are filled with irresistible flavor that everyone is sure to love!
Get the full recipe for Winter Caprese Toasts with Roasted Tomatoes and Pesto from Ellie Krieger, RDN.
Check out these other delicious recipes from Ellie:
Shakshuka Pita Pizzas
Creamy Tomato Soup with Popcorn
Whether you’re attending a tailgate, game day, picnic, or potluck, this quick and easy recipe for the BEST BLT dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. You just need 6 ingredients and 15 minutes to whip up this unique dip inspired by the classic BLT sandwich. You can’t beat the timeless combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato!
We love this dip because it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients but is still packed full of complex flavors. We think that the T for tomato is the most important part of a BLT, and canned tomatoes give this dip it’s delicious tangy and bright flavors, balancing out the decadent cream cheese base and smoky salty bacon. The best part is that you can make this recipe all year round, as canned tomatoes are a nutritious and affordable pantry staple. When looking at what to purchase at the store, look for those with minimal added salt and sugar to maximize their nutrition. Tomatoes in all of their forms feature vitamins C and A, and other plant compounds, like lycopene which has been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers. So, what are you waiting for? Give this a try and serve along side crunchy fresh veggies and your favorite crackers.
Get the full recipe for BLT Dip by visiting our friends at Red Gold.
For other delicious recipes, check out some of our favorites:
Pan Seared Pork Chops with Bourbon Peach Compote
Easy Chicken Curry
Pizza Stuffed Chicken
Looking for an easy appetizer that’s bursting with flavor? Try these Baked Chicken Wings with Tomato, Ginger, and Sweet Onion Chutney for a unique take on the classic chicken wing. This recipe for baked chicken wings couldn’t be simpler and makes a perfect game day appetizer or party snack that’s sure to please everyone. Simple ingredients like garlic, sugar, vinegar, and tomatoes make it easy to prepare this Indian-inspired dish without breaking your budget or needing to buy any fancy products. Plus, this recipe makes some extra sauce that you can save for another meal. Try using it as a topping for grilled pork or baked fish for an easy protein-packed dinner.
The bright flavor of canned diced tomatoes forms the base for a tasty sweet and sour sauce, while providing plenty of nutrients. Canned tomatoes are especially high in lycopene, a compound that gives them their characteristic red color and has powerful antioxidant properties. Although further evidence-based studies need to be conducted to confirm the impact of lycopene and tomato intake, we know that tomato products can reduce the risk of certain diseases. Canned, cooked, and fresh tomatoes all contain lycopene, which has been shown to improve overall health. In addition to lycopene, tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, and other antioxidants. These nutrients are critical for both short and long term health, so it’s important to incorporate tomato products into your meals.
For the full recipe, visit our friends at Pacific Coast Producers.
If you’re looking for other delicious recipes, check out some of our favorites:
Easy Chicken Curry
Swiss Chard Pecan Lasagna
Pizza Stuffed Chicken