Need an easy appetizer to make this weekend that will impress your company? Try out this recipe! You'll love it - the flavour is amazing and you can whip it up in no time at all. The sundried tomatoes really top it off - they add a beautiful pop of colour and a lovely depth to the already delicious flavour combination.
Tyler Florence notes that "pressing baguette slices into the bottom of a muffin tin before you toast them creates a spoon shape when they come out of the oven and they're super crisp. The goat cheese gets rolled in chopped fresh herbs and sliced into circles, and if the cheese is cold from the fridge and your knife is wet, the sclices come out perfect." I didn't press mine into a muffin tin, but they still looked beautiful and you have an option for when you want your appy to look particularly impressive.
Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
Recipe from Tyler's Ultimate, p 32
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tbsp fresh tarragon
- 1 tbsp fresh mint
- 1 8-oz log soft fresh goat cheese
- 1 baguette
- 2 tbp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- Combine thyme, parsley, tarragon, and mint leaves on a cutting board and chop them finely together. Unwrap the log of goat cheese and roll it in the chopped herbs, pressing the herbs to adhere.
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Cut the baguette into thin slices and drizzle them with a little extra-virgin olive oil. Gently press slices into a muffin tray so they form a boat-like shape and bake for 5 to 7 minutes. They should be lightly browned and crisp. Let baguette slices cool in muffin tin.
- Top each baguette slice with a slice of herbed goat cheese. Top with sun-dried tomato and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
And you're done! Its definitely that easy - you can impress your guests without stressing! :) Stay tuned for some other great recipes this weekend! And don't forget to relax and enjoy a bit of down time to recharge.
Happy Cooking my Friends!