This is one of the most amazing and easy cheese appetizers ever. It's got that texture that people love about goat cheese. Basil and tomato have a proven track record of being incredibly delicious with creamy cheeses, and this is no exception.

Chef John
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Drizzle about 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil into the bottom of each 6-ounce ramekin and sprinkle about 1 tablespoon basil per ramekin over the oil. Place 1 goat cheese piece over the basil in each ramekin; surround with sliced cherry tomatoes. Top with cracked black pepper and cayenne. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining basil on top of each portion, place ramekins on a baking sheet, and drizzle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons more olive oil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Cook's Note:

To make thinly sliced basil (chiffonade), roll 3 or 4 basil leaves together into a tight cylinder and slice into thin ribbons.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

178 calories; 15.5 g total fat; 22 mg cholesterol; 152 mg sodium. 4.1 g carbohydrates; 6.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2014
Served this over mixed baby greens with slivered onion. Then drizzled 1 T balsamic dressing over greens before topping with warm Caprese Salad. A meal in itself! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2013
Loved it. I did make a change to it the second time I made it. Instead of drizzling the oil over the tomatoes--I put the cut tomatoes in a small bowl and mixed the oil in with the tomatoes then placed them around the goat cheese and baked. I found that the oil was more evenly distributed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2014
Served this over mixed baby greens with slivered onion. Then drizzled 1 T balsamic dressing over greens before topping with warm Caprese Salad. A meal in itself! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2013
Love this recipe! Although I did add minced garlic and salt. Even made it once with rosemary olive oil and various colored cherry tomatoes - delish! For 8 - 10 appetizer servings I doubled recipe baked in one dish and successfully used anywhere from 8 to 10 oz. goat cheese. - served with garlic pita chips. Using individual ramekins with crostini would make for a very elegant first course for the holidays. Thanks Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2015
This was phenomenal! I made the recipe using grape tomatoes rather than cherry tomatoes (the grocery store didn't have the latter) so next time I might increase the ratio of tomatoes to cheese if I use grape tomatoes again. My husband who tends to be hit and miss when it comes to goat cheese said twice that it was "very nice". (That's his "speak" for "I loved this!") I look forward to making this for company it's so easy and presents so well. GREAT post one of the best recipes I've come across on this site! UPDATE I usually make this on the same day that I make basil pesto as not many basil leaves are required for this recipe and if I don't plan to do something else with the basil it goes to waste. Today I inadvertently forgot to put some basil aside for this dish so I used a dollop of my freshly made pesto in place of the basil. I couldn't have imagined this recipe getting any better but it did! I think I may use pesto in place of basil from now on! So incredibly good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2013
It was a hit! I used one of the really big logs of cheese (16 oz) because I was going to a large party. Using my small (1-1/2 C) and medium (3 C) vintage Pyrex refrigerator dishes I put 1/3 of the log in the small one and 2/3 in the large one. Had to bake the large one 7 minutes longer. Served with Pita Chips and Multi-grain chips. Lovely! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2013
Very tasty and so easy to put together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2014
Wow made this for a ladies group and everyone loved it. I baked it in a small casserole and it was tremendous. None left. Will be making it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2015
I used green chili pepper infused olive oil as the topper instead of chili pepper and added a jarred mango cube. This recipe can be adapted 1000 ways! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2014
I made this appie and it was to die for delicious..I used a larger piece of goat cheese and put it in a Brie cheese container stuffed lots of cherry tomatoes around..there was not a speck leftover. I used garlic flavoured olive oil for sure this recipe is a winner... Don't forget to use the fresh basil. Read More
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