Fun, fun, fun and super easy, our beautiful chèvre and tomato appetizer can be a first course for an al fresco meal, or simply enjoy it on its own alongside a glass of wine. We are big fans of goat cheese. So when we had a bit to use up, Felix mixed it with some fresh herbs, sautéed some cherry tomatoes with garlic and shallots, and plopped it all on top of freshly toasted baguette slices (you could cut and toast crositini, if you’re feeling fancy). And well, it is an absolutely delicious combo! You can use a fromage blanc if you prefer, however, the goat cheese adds a wonderful tanginess, especially when paired with the fresh herbs and garlicky tomatoes. And if you happen to make this with fresh, homegrown tomatoes, the two of us might just come knocking! If you’d like it gluten-free, simply sub a toasted gluten-free bread in place of the baguette.
Garlic and Herb Goat Cheese Toasts with Blistered Tomatoes Recipe
PREP TIME: 15 min
COOK TIME: 15 min
SPECIAL TOOLS: None
Garlic and Herb Chèvre
4 oz goat cheese (we used garlic-flavored, because, you know, more garlic!)
1 t extra virgin olive oil
1 T ea fresh flat leaf Italian parsley, fresh chives, and fresh basil, all chopped fine
1 shallot, chopped fine
2 T olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
½ pint cherry tomatoes
pinch salt and pepper
¼ t red chili flakes, to taste
butter, to taste
1 baguette, halved lengthwise, cut into 4 equal portions and toasted with butter
2 T fresh basil, chopped
olive oil, to taste
Combine Garlic and Herb Chèvre ingredients. Set aside until ready to serve.
Sauté shallot in olive oil over medium-high heat until softened, 2 min. Add garlic, cooking 30 sec more. Toss tomatoes and seasonings in pan and keep cooking until they blister and begin to pop, releasing a bit of juice. Remove from heat.
Spread butter over baguette pieces and toast under broiler for 1-2 min, until lightly browned. Remove from heat.
Spread goat cheese mixture over toasted baguette, topping with a bit of the tomatoes and a pinch of fresh chopped basil. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, as desired.