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Baked Cheese with Lemon, Garlic, & Herbs

Baked Cheese with Lemon, Garlic, & Herbs

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Baked Cheese with Lemon, Garlic, & Herbs is one of the easiest appetizers ever! Simply bake asiago and fontina cheeses with garlic, lemon zest, herbs, and red pepper flakes until bubbly and gooey and serve with crackers or veggies for dipping. So delicious and impressive but incredibly simple to make!


  • 5 oz asiago cheese, cubed or grated
  • 5 oz fontina cheese, cubed or grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crackers, toasted baguette slices, or veggies, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Evenly spread the cubed cheeses in the bottom of a 6-inch cast-iron skillet (you can easily double the recipe and serve in a larger skillet).
  2. Sprinkle the garlic, oregano, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes over top. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Place the skillet in the hot oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is sizzling around the edges and thoroughly melted. Broil the top for 30 seconds to create a crust, if desired.
  4. Remove the skillet from oven, allow to cool just slightly, and then serve the cheese with desired dippers. Enjoy hot while the cheese is still super melted and gooey!


  • This is best enjoyed right away, hot and melty out of the oven. As it cools, the cheese will firm back up again, which makes it very hard to enjoy as a dip. If this happens, you can pop it back into the oven for a few minutes to warm it through again.
  • After baking, because the main ingredient here is cheese, you may have a light layer of fat develop on top of the cheese. We gently blot this up with paper towels just before serving. Some people don’t mind it, though, so it’s up to you whether or not you do this step.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: appetizers

Keywords: baked cheese appetizer, baked cheese with herbs and lemon, garlic baked cheese, quick and easy appetizers