Whipped goat cheese infused with roasted garlic and fresh rosemary is one of the easiest appetizers you can make resulting in a decadently creamy dip that’s both tart and savory that can be served with fresh vegetables, fruit, crackers or spread on crusty bread.

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The tangy bite of whipped goat cheese is tamed by savory roasted garlic and fresh rosemary in this dip to create a stunningly creamy and decadent appetizer that might honestly have you licking the bowl clean.

This is one of those appetizers that’s incredibly easy and perfect for throwing together in a pinch if you have people coming over. It can be served as a dip, as a spread on crusty bread or even used to top (and elevate) a juicy steak.

The deep flavors from the roasted garlic and fresh herbs elicit restaurant quality vibes while in reality, it’s an incredibly simple recipe that takes minimal effort.

Roasted garlic whipped goat cheese dip in a bowl with cherry tomatoes.

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE

  • plain or herbed goat cheese
  • cream cheese
  • whole head of garlic
  • sprig of fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil

GOAT CHEESE – Also known as chèvre, the goat cheese should be brought to room temperature so it’s nice and soft before whipping. This helps bring a fluffy texture to the dip.

CREAM CHEESE – For this recipe, you can use either block/brick cream cheese or whipped cream cheese in a container. It should also be softened by leaving it out to come to room temperature for the same reasons as the goat cheese.

GARLIC – Roasted garlic is a whole different flavor profile from raw garlic. Roasting an entire head in the oven tames the pungent bite and creates a savory caramelized depth to the taste that’s perfect for adding into dips (try this roasted garlic white bean dip) or honestly, just spreading directly on some bread! Don’t be tempted to skip this step and use something like minced garlic, it won’t at all be the same and will overwhelm the dip.

ROSEMARY – Any fresh herb you like will do here but I’m partial to rosemary. Dill, thyme, basil and sage are good swaps. Fresh is best but dried forms of any of thees herbs can be used in a pinch.

HOW TO MAKE WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE

The ingredients are incredibly simple and so is the method to make this dip.

Start by preheating the oven to 400°F to roast the garlic.

Cut off the top of a head of garlic to expose the cloves. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil then wrap up in some aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Place directly into the oven and roast for 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully open the foil to let the garlic cool.

Meanwhile, add the goat cheese, cream cheese, rosemary leaves, salt and pepper to a food processor. Once the head of garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the cloves out into the food processor.

Process until the mixture is smooth and fluffy, scraping down the sides as needed. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with some additional olive oil and garnish with coarse salt and pepper.

Dipping a cracker into whipped goat cheese.

OTHER WAYS TO MAKE IT

If you don’t have access to a food processor, you can also whip the goat cheese in a large bowl with a handheld mixer or use a blender.

Alternatively, if you’re up for some work, you can whip the mixture by hand using a heavy duty whisk.

TOPPINGS TO CONSIDER

While a drizzle of olive oil and some coarse salt and pepper is all that’s really needed, you can certainly jazz up this dip with some toppings.

  • minced fresh herbs
  • additional roasted garlic
  • red pepper flakes
  • crumbled bacon
  • chopped dates (this is sort of a play on goat cheese stuffed dates – try these ricotta honey stuffed prunes for a similar recipe)
  • chopped nuts
  • chopped olives
Creamy garlic whipped goat cheese with a small spatula.

HOW TO SERVE THE DIP

Here’s where the fun begins! There are so many options for serving the whipped goat cheese.

Easy favorites include all sorts of fresh vegetables like carrots, peppers, jicama, cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

Even fresh fruit works with this dip, especially if you add the sweet chopped dates as a topping.

Crackers and crusty bread are the perfect carb-centric dipper.

In fact, if you’d prefer to make crostini, the texture of the whipped goat cheese is perfect for that too.

Whipped Lemon Burrata Crostini and Cheesy Edamame Crostini are great recipes for that sort of appetizer too.

Love a good tapenade instead? Try this kalamata olive tapenade, it’s divine!

MORE WAYS TO ENJOY WHIPPED CHèVRE

There are plenty of other ways to enjoy this recipe outside of a dip.

Some delicious ideas include:

  • as a base for a white pizza
  • in the place of a compound butter on top of steak like this air fried filet mignon.
  • tossed into pasta for a creamy sauce (try this easy lemon ricotta pasta recipe too)
  • spread on a bagel (add some everything seasoning sprinkled on top for extra garlic flavor!)
  • use in a sandwich – my mom used to make us cream cheese and tomato sandwiches in the summer and this would be the perfect upscale swap for the cream cheese.

For a sweet whipped goat cheese use, omit the roasted garlic in this recipe, add a touch of honey or maple syrup and serve with some grilled fruit. Dolloping into air fryer peaches would be divine and very similar to these mascarpone stuffed chocolate dipped peaches.

HOW LONG WILL THIS KEEP?

Like other dips, whipped goat cheese will stay in the fridge for up to 5 days. Before serving, make sure it comes to room temperature so it softens for the best taste and dippable texture.

Garlic whipped goat cheese dip with olive oil and rosemary.
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Roasted Garlic Whipped Goat Cheese

Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Whipped goat cheese dip.
How to make whipped goat cheese with roasted garlic and rosemary. An easy appetizer that can be served with vegetables, fruit, crackers or crusty bread.

Ingredients 

  • 1 large head of garlic
  • 6 ounces of goat cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra olive oil to serve, plus more for roasting the garlic

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Leave the skin on the head of garlic. Using a sharp knife, slice off the tops of the cloves and place on some aluminum foil.
  • Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the top of head of garlic where it was cut then wrap up in the foil.
  • Place the foil wrapped garlic into the oven (it can be placed directly onto the rack in the oven or put in a small baking dish if preferred) and roast for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove the garlic from the oven, carefully open the foil and let cool.
  • Add the softened goat cheese, cream cheese, leaves from the rosemary sprig, salt and pepper into a food processor.
  • Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the roasted cloves out of the paper and add to the processor.
  • Process until creamy, smooth and fluffy, scraping down the sides as necessary. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer to bowl to serve and drizzle with olive oil.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 179mgSugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
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20 Comments

  1. I love how creamy it is and the pepper adds just enough spice to give it some kick. It’s also super easy to make, which makes it a great appetizer for any occasion!

  2. Oh my this was the best dip I’ve made. I loved how creamy it was and the herb flavour was outstanding. I had it with some grilled eggplant and toast…very delicious.

  3. I sometimes find chevre to be a little intense all by itself but this recipe was lovely. The cream cheese with garlic and rosemary really balance out the goaty flavor. Really yummy and easy to make.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this dip for a football party and everyone loved it. Super creamy and just the right amount of flavor for veggies. Will make again.

  5. I didn’t think it was possible to love goat cheese more than I already do, but after making this whipped goat cheese dip I am OBSESSED. I made it to dip veggies into and we somehow managed to not eat it all so I spread it on sandwiches the next day and it was seriously so delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. I served this with some veggies and crispy bread. Everyone raved about it. I will certainly keep this recipe for game night, holidays, and ball games. Delish!

  7. Enjoyed this for an afternoon snack and it does not disappoint! Was quick, easy and delicious; definitely, a new favorite recipe!