Creamy goat cheese. Tart lemon. Fresh thyme. Crusty bread.

Need I say more? I wanted to make a spread or dip with goat cheese for a get together and came across this recipe on It sounded perfect, light, and can easily be made ahead of time. When recipes combine cheese and bread, I rarely need anymore convincing. ;)

Switch up the fresh herbs and serve with baguette slices, crostini or crackers.

Lemon Thyme Goat Cheese Spread - recipe inspiration from Bon App├ętit

  • 6 oz goat cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • baguette slices

Press goat cheese into a mound.

Season with thyme, salt and pepper and press seasonings into cheese.

Whisk together lemon juice and olive oil.

Pour lemon juice mixture over goat cheese mound.

Serve with slices baguette, fresh or toasted.

*You can also mix lemon juice mixture and goat cheese all together if making ahead of time.

Best served with wine and good friends.



20 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ lovelyascharged
    May 11, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Is it just me, or should all of these amazing lemon recipes that pop up in the spring stick around all year? They’re so light and fresh and perfect!


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    May 11, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    I love goat cheese!! Looks delicious :)


  3. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 11, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    I love goat cheese on bread — it is so creamy. I love lemony foods this time of year – makes me think of summer!


  4. Emily Malloy @Cleanliness
    May 11, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    This looks divine!


  5. thehealthyapron
    May 11, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    I wish I liked goat cheese! We ate a goat cheese quesadilla in hawaii but I just wasn’t crazy about that particular cheese…do you think another cheese would work in this recipe?


    • Emily
      May 11, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

      It would probably be good with ricotta, whipped cream cheese or whipped feta. :)


      • Jackie
        May 13, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

        Thanks for the other cheese suggestions-I’m not a huge goat cheese fan either. I’ll try it with whipped feta and see how it turns out!


  6. Dana
    May 11, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    I could seriously live off of cheese and bread… this looks so perfect! Love all of the flavors!


    • Emily
      May 11, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

      As could I and sometimes I do. :)


  7. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    May 11, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    simple and amazing . . . what’s not to like?? :)


  8. sarah (sarah learns)
    May 11, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    oh man, this post made my mouth water! i wanted to buy goat cheese at the supermarket today, but the little one near our apartment (in a tiny town) DIDN’T HAVE ANY! i was so sad. it looks amazing though!


  9. Kristin
    May 11, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    Um, yes, please! I just took a goat cheese cooking class at Whole Foods in Uptown last night and it was AMAZING! No idea there were so many types of goat cheese (other than just chevre).


  10. Kristin @ FoodFash
    May 11, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Ahh 6 months ago I would have rushed out the door to recreate this recipe! Darn the non-dairy me….


  11. Alex @ IEatAsphalt
    May 12, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    This sounds so good and makes such a pretty presentation. How long do you think the goat cheese will stay with lemon juice mixed in it?


    • Emily
      May 12, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

      Only about a day sadly. I made it at night and then served it the next night. Past that it was a little off…


  12. Maris (In Good Taste)
    May 12, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    Without a doubt my favorite cheese. Thanks for the delicous recipe


  13. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    May 12, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    Goat cheese and eggs are the two things that keep me from veganism.

    What I would give for that spread, crusty bread and a nice glass of white wine right now….ahh…..okay, back to reality. Plus, it’s only 8:30am, so I really shouldn’t be fantasizing about wine….


  14. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    May 12, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    You caught me right in the peak of my goat cheese obsession. I would probably eat this whole thing in one day. Great work once again!


  15. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    May 16, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    This sounds so good! I just bought some from the Farmer’s Market, but it was already flavored with garlic and chive. Next time I’ll have to get plain and fancy it up with this recipe!


  16. holly
    May 29, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    this sounds amazing! and really, is there anything better than a fresh, crusty baguette? i think not :)


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