Appetizers are a great thing. They allow you to begin serving your guests and keeping them happy while the final pieces of your dinner are coming together.
I saw this recipe on a blog that I follow regularly and was immediately attracted to its beauty and simplicity - plus, whipped goat cheese? That HAD to be a good thing!
These came together in no time and the ingredients were easy, peasy!
Bruschetta with Whipped Goat Cheese
Adapted from The Novice Chef
I package grape tomatoes, sliced
1 shallot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 1 lemon, divided
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
1 French baguette or french loaf, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices
8 oz goat cheese
4 oz cream cheese
Fresh basil leaves, chopped
Combine tomatoes, shallot, garlic, half of the lemon juice, and red wine vinegar in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and let marinate in fridge for 4 hours.
Lay loaf slices on cooking sheet and turn oven to broil. Toast for 1 minute on each side, then store in airtight container until ready to serve.
Using a mixer, combine goat cheese and cream cheese in bowl and beat for about 3 minutes. Add in remaining juice from the other half of the lemon. Store in airtight container in fridge until ready to use.
Assemble immediately before serving. Begin by spreading a generous spoonful of cheese mixture on the bread slice, top with a few tomatoes and chopped basil. Serve!
Everyone loved this combination!
So much flavor - and the goat cheese added that little something extra.
We will definitely make these again! And again!
Mariah LOVES tomatoes so she was even interested in trying one.
A few minutes later I looked over and was shocked by what I saw. She decided to eat just the tomatoes off the top and stick gummy bears right into the whipped goat cheese.