Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini

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roasted tomatoes & goat cheese crostini

As hard as I tried to get this picture in focus, it just wouldn’t happen.  So please forgive me.  I will be making these many (MANY) more times so another picture will follow.

In the meantime it was MORE important for me to get this recipe to you because it is simply in a word ….

H~E~A~V~E~N !!

I’m not really sure how this recipe differs from Brushetta, I haven’t looked that recipe up.  All I DO know is I absolutely LOVE roasted tomatoes and I just decided to throw in some shallots, garlic and extra virgin olive oil and let them roast for about 45 minutes.

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I tend to roast the tomatoes at a high heat for a shorter period of time.  I put them in a preheated oven at 350, making sure to toss them around every 15 minutes or so because they can go from cooked to burnt in an instant.

Keep an eye on them and take them out when they look similar to this:

roasted tomatoes with goat cheese crostini

The tomatoes have cooked down so they’ve become nice and soft, the shallots have caramelized nicely around them and you can smell that garlic all blended in nicely.

Mmmmm Mmmmm… Come to Mama!

Next it’s time to get the bread prepared.  I bought a long skinny baguette type bread and sliced it kind of thin.

The bread is then toasted with either olive oil or butter in the oven or under the broiler.   I made some homemade Garlic Butter the other day and decided to toast half of the slices with butter and the other half with olive oil.

roasted garlic & herb flavored butter

The reviews in my house were mixed.  I preferred the olive oil and the rest of the family loved the toasted garlic butter bread.

Either way is great, you really can’t go wrong.  Just put the bread under a hot broiler for a few minutes or toast it in the oven at 350 for about 8 minutes until the bread is lightly toasted.

026pic1Then top the toasted bread with a few chunks of goat cheese and the tomatoes and you will experience heaven on a slice of bread.

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This is the perfect appetizer when having some friends over during the summer sharing a nice bottle of wine, don’t you think?

 

Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini

Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients

1 pint grape tomatoes (cut in half or I like them cut in quarters if they are on the large side)
1-2 shallots, minced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
2-3 Tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil
1/2 - 1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 log of goat cheese
Baguette bread, sliced and lightly toasted
1-2 Tablespoons basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half (or quarters), chop the onions and mince the garlic
  3. Place all the ingredients (excluding the basil) in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt and pepper and drizzle with the olive oil. Make sure they are nicely coated, add more if necessary
  4. Place the tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a Silpat and roast for 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes
  5. When they are removed from the oven but still on the baking sheet, sprinkle the chopped basil on top
  6. Serve with the toasted bread topped with goat cheese

Notes

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I used all organic ingredients when making this recipe, and hope you do as well!  🙂

 

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