When you’re preparing to serve something very hearty and earthy for dinner, and something rich for dessert, it’s good to start with something on the lighter side. A friend sent me a recipe for an appetizer/snack containing bleu cheese on sourdough from a cookbook called Eat Drink Live by Fran Warde (one that I might have to buy for myself!), and I was inspired by that to make these delicious little appetizers. They were a big hit with the family, and just the right amount to make someone hungry for more.
Makes about 35 small baguette toasts – Serves 6-8 people
What You’ll Need:
1 long french baguette, cut into diagonal slices
Enough olive oil to brush each toast – they each just need a small dab
2 cloves of garlic, partially crushed
2 large, firm tomatoes, sliced thin (make sure to get rid of most of the juicy seeds parts so you don’t soak your bread!)
6 oz plain goat cheese
Sea salt for sprinkling
What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Start by cutting the baguette diagonally into however many pieces you need, making sure they’re not too thick (about 1/2 inch is good) and lay them on a cookie sheet. Toast the bread in the oven just enough to get some good crunch, but not crouton status. Make sure you flip the bread over to get both sides – about 3 or 4 minutes per side is fine.
2. Pull out the toasted bread and brush olive oil with a pastry brush onto one side of each toast. Get enough on there that it can soak in, but don’t make them drippy! After each has been oiled, use the bread as a “grater” and rub the garlic cloves onto each piece to get that wonderful garlic flavor.
3. With wet hands (I found the goat cheese doesn’t stick as much if you do this), crumble the goat cheese and place about 1/2 tablespoon on each toast. It worked best to “scrape” the cheese out with a fork and then use my fingers to spread it on the toast. Place 2-3 tomato pieces onto each toast, pressing it slightly into the cheese. Take the sea salt and sprinkle a little onto each piece.
4. Place those yummies onto a higher shelf in the oven and let bake for 5 or 6 minutes, just until everything is nice and warm and the cheese is a bit melted.
Serve and enjoy!
Give these a try and let me know how yours turned out! Feel free to make it your own and give me those results too!