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Goat Cheese Dip with Shiitake Mushrooms

Goat Cheese Dip with Shiitake Mushrooms combines cream cheese and goat cheese with savory shiitake mushrooms and is baked and finished with spicy pickled peppers, tomatoes, and more mushrooms. Creamy, savory, and delicious!
Course Appetizer, Dips
Cuisine American
Keyword goat cheese dip
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Sautéed Mushrooms 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 563kcal
Cost $15.00

Equipment

  • 16-oz oval cast iron baking dish

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, roughly chopped (cremini also work well)
  • 10 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Whole Grain Dijon Mustard, separated (1 tablespoon to combine with the cheese dip, and one to rim the baking dish prior to baking)
  • ¼ cup spicy pickled peppers (we use Mama Lils', but any spicy pepper will work like pepperoncini)
  • ¼ cup diced grape tomatoes (cherry tomatoes work well also)
  • 1 baguette, sliced on a bias (one baguette should yield 20 - 30 slices)

Instructions

  • Sauté Mushrooms: In a cast iron pan over medium heat add olive oil and butter. When butter melts add the chopped mushrooms to the pan. Don’t stir too often, let the mushrooms absorb the liquid and brown for 6 minutes. Stir, add more olive oil if necessary, and let sit again over heat for additional 6 – 8 minutes. Remove from heat when the mushrooms are brown and soft and slightly cripsy on the edges.
  • Assemble Dip: Combine the cheeses, half the mustard, and half the mushrooms into a large bowl, and stir until incorporated. Place mixture into an oven safe dish and then top with the tomatoes, pickled peppers, remaining muhrooms, and rim the outside of the dish with remaining mustard.
  • Grill (or Bake) Dip: Place the dish on a preheated grill or oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until you see the cheese bubbling. Remove with heat safe gloves and then serve with crostini and crackers.

Notes

For Softening Cheese:  It is much easier to mix together the ingredients together when the goat cheese and cream cheese are softened. To do this, leave them out for an hour, or remove from foil and microwave in 10 second increments until soft (but not melting).
Storage - This dip won't store well. You can prepare in advance, but be sure to bake it as soon as you want it served.

Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1397IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 4mg