Sunday, December 7, 2008

Goat Cheese Toasts

I like this recipe because it's so versatile - if you don't like a certain herb or the topping, just change it out for something that you like! I did exactly the same thing to the original recipe since it called for olives and Chuck doesn't like them. So I decided to add the roasted red peppers and adjusted the seasonings accordingly.

Along those lines, I don't have amounts posted next to most of the ingredients, since it is such a "taste" thing. But as long as you start with your base of goat cheese and cream cheese, you can't go wrong! This is easily halved or doubled, depending on your number of guests.
Goat Cheese Toasts
adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
Makes 18 pieces

18 slices (1/2" thick) sliced baguette bread
olive oil
4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste
18 strips of roasted red peppers
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arange the bread slices on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, blend goat cheese and cream cheese in food processor (this is easier if the cheeses are room temperature) until smooth and creamy. Add the parsley, basil, salt and pepper and pulse just to blend.
Spread the cheese mixture in a thin layer over each toasted slice of bread. Top with a strip of roasted red pepper.
Note: If you need to make these in advance, toast the bread and keep it in an airtight bag. Store the cheese mixture and red pepper strips separately in the refrigerator and assemble just before serving.


Deborah said...

These sound delicious, and a perfect appetizer!

Pam said...

Great flavor combination! I love goat cheese.

Maria said...

The red pepper is the perfect finishing touch!

priscilla joy said...

mmm, this looks so good. i used to love this goat cheese a friend used to make - it was out of this world!

Anonymous said...

Mmm definitely one of my favorite things :) Looks great.

Anonymous said...

Um....cheese and bread are seriously the best part of ANY day. These look delicious!

Darius T. Williams said...

I'd be all over this. I bet the goat cheese would be good as a base and then a roasted red pepper bruschetta on top sounds really good! This looks great!


What's Cookin Chicago said...

Looks wonderful and a great little appetizer!

Kate said...

These look so so good! I can't wait to make them for a party on Sunday!