Baked Goat Cheese

About two years ago this weekend, a young, beautiful (if I say so myself) lady and her charming boyfriend went out for an unassuming meal at their favorite local, hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant.
You see, she was so wrapped up in the crappy work day she had that she was none the wiser to her boyfriend’s ulterior motives. As she rambled on about her day over a glass of wine, her boyfriend suddenly excused himself from the table and headed to the bathroom. Once again, she was in her own little world and thought nothing of it.
When he returned, she made a comment about how the restaurant seemed to be playing all her favorite songs. Then she made another comment which made her boyfriend laugh nervously: “I don’t remember them playing music here before.”
The two picked at the bread and talked about what they were going to order for dinner and their next drinks as they usually did. She went to reach for another piece of bread, he told her to wait. She thought, What the heck; do I have something on my face, in my teeth, did I have too much to eat already?
He then told her she had waited long enough, slid a ring box on to the table, and as Frank Turner’s version of Thunder Road played on in the background he asked her those four special words. She started crying and was nervous because they had gathered a small audience, so she said, “You son of a bitch.”
She said yes of course, the manager sent over a bottle of champagne, the restaurant cheered, and she blushed. They then proceeded to order their usual baked goat cheese and listen to the rest of the playlist her now fiancé had rigged up in the restaurant.
The two are happily married and still enjoying baked goat cheese to this day!
(p.s. I was talking about me and Mike.)
Ingredients (Serves 2-4)
1 Cup Marinara (store bought works too)
½ Cup Goat Cheese
8-10 Small Slices of French Baguette, for dipping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the cup of marinara in the center of a small oven-safe dish. Place the large clump of goat cheese directly in the center of the marinara.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the tops of the goat cheese become lightly golden.
Serve with French baguette slices for dipping and a sprinkle of fresh basil on top for garnish.
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  1. says

    This is one of my favorite tapas when i go out and eat Spanish Tapas! And your story is adorable! :) I am having a 20% of right now at my store just fyi!

  2. says

    What a great story!! I love it. And baked goat cheese? Why have I never heard of this and how can I freeze the chile colorado I’m making currently and have this for dinner instead? :) This is DEFINITELY going on the “must make” list pronto!! Thanks for sharing your love story and your recipe.


  3. Julie says

    I love your story!! Better than my engagement story, that’s for sure. My husband would LOVE this recipe. Perhaps I should be a good wife and make it for him. :)

  4. says

    Loved your story, Stefanie – and this recipe couldn’t be a whole lot simpler, could it? Plus, I am crazy for goat cheese…and marinara. I’ll be making this a lot this fall!

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