Thursday, February 28, 2013

Goat Cheese and Tomato Crostini

We recently had these goat cheese and tomato crostinis at a family get-together and insisted on the host's recipe. Not one person in the room resisted these elegant appetizers, not even Mr. P who is not very fond of tomatoes! Of course we changed the recipe up a bit to give it our special touch. We hope you and your guests enjoy them as much as we do!

1/2 pint of yellow grape tomatoes
5 ounces of goat cheese
4 ounces of cream cheese
Juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
10 basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 french baguette

Kitchen Essentials:
2 mixing bowls
Citrus juicer or reamer
Measuring spoons
Cutting board
Cookie sheet
Serving platter

Take the cream cheese and goat cheese out of the refrigerator, so that it comes to room temperature and softens. This will make mixing a lot easier. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the grape tomatos in half or quarters and add to the bowl. Next, place your strainer over the bowl and juice one lemon. Add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and some of the salt and pepper to taste. Lastly grab your basil leaves and stack them together. Roll them up and slice them into thin strips. Add the basil to the bowl and give the tomatoes a quick stir.

Grab your cream cheese and goat cheese and  place them in another mixing bowl. Using a spoon, mix the two cheeses until they are combined.

At this point, you can store both mixtures in the fridge for up to 2 days if you are not ready to make the crostini. This is great for entertaining at home because you can prep everything before and assemble later.

Slice the bread into thin slices - about a 1/4 to 1/2 inches. Align on a cookie sheet and give them a light drizzle of olive oil, this will help them crisp up. Place them in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes or until crispy and golden.

The last thing to do is assemble your crostini! Grab your toasted bread and  give it a thin layer of the cheese mixture. Then put about 1 teaspoon of the tomato and basil mixture. Place the finished crostini's in a serving platter and you just made one easy, healthy and delicious appetizer!

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