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33 Goat Cheese Recipes That Are Just Right for Fall (or Any Time, Really)

It’s tangy, salty, crumbly and pairs well with just about any salad on the planet. We’re talking about none other than goat cheese. While we love it atop a bed of arugula with dried cranberries and pecans, this dairy delight is *so* much more versatile than we give it credit for. Goat cheese also happens to be one of the healthiest cheeses you can buy and it tends to be easier to digest than cow’s milk cheeses, since they’re lower in lactose. Ready to dig in yet? Here, 33 goat cheese recipes that prove you should always have some in your fridge. (After all, you never know when a grilled cheese craving will strike.)

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1. Blackberry-Peach Grilled Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegetarian

Creamy, buttery, sweet-tart and satisfying—yup, this handheld hits all the right spots. The key is a decadent trio of cheeses: goat, fontina and Emmentaler.

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2. Instant Pot Spaghetti with Goat Cheese, Mint and Peas

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Instant Pot recipe, <10 ingredients, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser

You can cook so much more than meat in your pressure cooker, including pasta. The trick to getting the ideal al dente texture is dropping the noodles in dry with the aromatics for flavor, then quick-releasing the pressure the moment they’re cooked, so they don’t get mushy.

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3. Goat Cheese, Apple and Honey Tarts

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

Reason number 471 to always have a sheet of frozen puff pastry on hand. Your guests will be too busy oohing and ahhing to figure out your shortcut.

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4. Pull-Apart Bread with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

This appetizer has holiday cocktail hour written all over it. The dough is extra moist thanks to sour cream, while fresh herbs take the sweet onion filling over the top.

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5. Two-Cheese Guacamole

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, one bowl, make ahead

Mix up your usual guac with the tangy, salty additions of goat and jack cheeses. It’ll pair just right with carne asada, carnitas or ground beef.

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6. Mini Peach Tarts with Goat Cheese and Honey

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, vegetarian, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Need a fancy starter for your next dinner party? Look no further than this stone fruit stunner. Feel free to substitute plums, berries, pears or apples for peaches.

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7. 3-Cheese Mac and Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

Bring on the Brie, Camembert and goat cheese. Once it’s served, all you’ll need is a glass of Chardonnay and a piece of baguette for wiping your plate clean.

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8. The Classiest Cheese Balls in the Universe

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, no cook, special occasion-worthy

Cheese balls? Tacky? You’re mistaken, friend. This modern take on the party-ready fromage is as chic as it is tasty. Think everything bagel-goat, lemon dill-cheddar and pomegranate-blue.

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9. Goat Cheese, Peach and Basil Panini

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegetarian

PB&J and deli turkey pale in comparison to this sweet-and-salty sammy. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a panini maker; a grill pan will work just fine in a pinch.

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10. Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, one pot, beginner-friendly

If you’re a self-proclaimed goat cheese hater, this dish will change your mind. Combined with pasta water and lemon, it makes for a dreamy sauce that coats the orecchiette just right.

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Erin McDowell

11. Triple-Decker Grilled Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, one pan

Sharp cheddar + mild mozzarella + tangy goat cheese = the most well-balanced grilled cheese sandwich you’ll ever eat. Might we suggest serving it with tomato soup?

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12. Apricots with Whipped Goat Cheese and Crispy Prosciutto

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

Bookmark this one under Easiest Party Appetizers of All Time. It’s practically no cook, since the prosciutto is crisped up in the microwave instead of on the stove.

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13. Crispy Goat Cheese Salad

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, beginner-friendly

A salad is only as tasty as its toppings, which makes this one next-level delicious. The crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside fitters are rolled in breadcrumbs and chopped pistachios.

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Erin McDowell

14. Beet and Goat Cheese Tart

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

It doesn’t get classier than this eight-ingredient tart, which is destined for Christmas dinner, if you ask us. Pro tip: Use a mandoline to ensure that the beets are sliced thinly and evenly.

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15. Poblano and Mushroom Tacos with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly

Face it: You were tired of the usual beef filling about three Taco Tuesdays ago. This simple veggie filling is just as tasty but way more unexpected. Serve them with guacamole, refried beans, salsa and pickled onions.

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16. Bulgur with Butternut Squash, Sage and Goat Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, make ahead, vegetarian

For those of you who are over the whole mini marshmallow thing come Thanksgiving. Fresh sage, Honeycrisp apple, pecans and dried cranberries make this side dish decidedly autumnal.

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17. Goat Cheese and Honey Bites

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser

We’ll bring the merlot, you bring these. You only need one log of goat cheese and two sheets of store-bought puff pastry to assemble the bites. Substitute hot honey for plain for a delightful kick.

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18. Leek, Kale and Goat Cheese Strata

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours and 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, one pan, high protein

Don’t let the long prep time deter you: Most of that accounts for leaving the casserole in the fridge overnight, so the bread can soak up every drop of the eggy, mustardy custard.

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19. Easy Baked Goat Cheese Marinara Dip

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, one pan, crowd-pleaser

This tomato-based dish will get your picky eater to branch out beyond mozzarella, promise. The dip is as simple as making your own sauce with canned crushed tomatoes, drizzling it over a layer of goat cheese and baking until bubbly.

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20. Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Balsamic Beets

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, special occasion-worthy

Say cheese: This vibrant handheld is ready for its closeup. Not only are there sliced Chioggia beets on the sandwich, but it’s also doused in balsamic beet purée, made from red and baby golden beets.

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21. Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, kid-friendly

Because summer does *not* have dibs on pasta salad. Ring in fall with tender butternut squash, a mustard-apple cider vinegar dressing, pine nuts, fresh thyme and a dusting of cinnamon.

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22. Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

Portobello mushrooms, bell peppers and red onion are the standard, but you can easily swap in carrots, cauliflower, zucchini or corn if you’d prefer. Whatever you decide, pair the tacos with chilled rosé.

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23. Turkey Sliders with Red Wine Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, high protein, special occasion-worthy

Sure, turkey may be leaner than traditional beef, but these burgers are still piled high with jammy, wine-infused onions and crumbled goat cheese. Balance is everything, no? Make the onions up to four days ahead to save time before dinner.

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24. Philly Cheesesteak Pizza with Balsamic Fig Reduction

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, high protein, kid-friendly

Peppers, onions, mushrooms, thin-sliced steak—the gang’s all here, except whiz has been replaced by goat cheese for a more elegant finish. (We don’t mind—it’s all about the balsamic glaze anyway.)

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25. Heirloom Tomato Tart

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, make ahead, special occasion-worthy

Think of this Insta-worthy masterpiece as bruschetta’s cool older cousin. Prepare the four-ingredient tart shell ahead of the meal, then fill it with the cheese and tomatoes before serving.

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26. Prosciutto-Stuffed Figs

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, no cook, special occasion-worthy, make ahead

Tiny ruffles of tender, savory prosciutto can make basically any dish a million times tastier—and easier on the eyes. The three-ingredient goat cheese filling couldn’t be easier to prepare.

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27. Salade de Chêvre Chaud

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, beginner-friendly, high protein

Aka warm French goat cheese salad. Don’t be fooled by its dainty appearance: Bacon, walnuts, pine nuts and goat cheese medallions make the salad more filling than you’d expect.

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28. Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Dill, Goat Cheese and Peas

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

We’ll be toting this to every spring potluck we ever attend from here on out. Add a splash of vinegar, lemon juice or even hot sauce for a punch of welcome acidity.

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29. Goat Cheese Toasts with Balsamic and Roasted Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

A recipe with no measurements is one after our own heart, because that implies that it’s easy enough to wing. Let your gut lead the way when adding the goat cheese, balsamic and basil.

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30. Kale Pesto and Goat Cheese Omelet

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, beginner-friendly, <30 minutes

Yup, we’d happily get out of bed for this in the morning. Save yourself even more time and effort by using your favorite jarred pesto in the omelet instead of making your own.

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31. Creamy Goat Cheese Dip

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

Goat cheese, crème fraiche and Parmesan unite to create a lip-smackingly salty appetizer that will disappear in 30 seconds flat at your next shindig (even at the kids’ table).

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32. Berry Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, vegetarian

Designed to be devoured alfresco with a crisp glass of wine in hand. Confectioners’ sugar and vanilla round out the tang of the goat cheese, as lemon juice curbs the sweetness of the strawberries and blueberries.

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33. Goat Cheese and Yogurt Cheesecake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly

And the crowd goes wild. This cheesecake is a refined, unexpected way to end any meal. Top the honey drizzle with macerated berries, candied oranges, torn mint leaves or lemon zest.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.