Marinated Fresh Goat Cheese Recipe

When you’re a host or a guest in a hurry, this fresh goat cheese, briefly marinated in a few quality ingredients, is the perfect hors d’oeuvre to tote along. Just add a cute spreading knife and a box of crackers (or some toasted baguette slices, if you’ve got all the time in the world), and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing hors d’oeuvre in just a few minutes.


This quick goat cheese hors d'oeuvre is equally good for a spontaneous cocktail party and at the holidays. It keeps people happy while freeing you up to do other things.

Marinated Fresh Goat Cheese

Marinated goat cheese is one of the fastest and easiest hors d'ouvres I know, and it's a crowd pleaser served alongside some crackers.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Serves 8


  • 1 8-ounce log fresh goat cheese (chèvre)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • A few thyme sprigs
  • A large pinch of red pepper flakes
  • A large pinch of good-quality flaky sea salt (such as Maldon salt)
  • Some freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the goat cheese in a small, shallow serving dish (or cut it in half and place it in two dishes).
  2. Pour the olive oil overtop, and then sprinkle the goat cheese with the thyme, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper.
  3. Leave to rest, covered with tented plastic wrap (use toothpicks to tent) in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour or up to a couple of days.
  4. Let sit at room temperature for 1/2 hour before serving as a spread for crackers or toasted slices of baguette.


Adapted from Joy of Cooking.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 92 Total Fat:: 7.8g Carbohydrates:: 0.3g Fiber:: 0.1g Protein:: 5.3g