I'm not a huge horsd'oeuvres person. In fact, if you come to our house for dinner, you'll likely find a bottle of open wine, a bowl of nuts and some sort of crostini. In the Summer, I serve the crostini with a bowl of fresh tomatoes, basil & delicious olive oil. In the Winter, I like something a bit heavier like a hot spinach dip (an oldie but a goodie).
Recently, Mike and I branched out of our regular dining routine and headed to a new "hot spot" in town... I say that because we normally go to dark and cozy bistros that have been around for years instead of the new trendy place. Hard to break old habits. We had a fabulous meal, but my favorite part was our appetizer - Baked Goat Cheese drizzled with Honey, sprinkled with fresh Thyme, Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt. It was served with warm grilled bread. I could've eaten the entire thing. And almost did.
I love how simple it seemed - ingredients and preparation. It has been our go-to snack this month. It is salty, sweet, tangy and the perfect thing to schmear on toast.
Baked Goat Cheese
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Soft Goat Cheese
Prehead broiler in oven to 400 degrees.
In a small oven-proof bowl or ramekin, spread soft goat cheese.
Prepare baguette by slicing into thin pieces. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Just before serving, bake under broiler in oven for 5-8 minutes, just until slightly warm.
At the same time, toast the bread under the broiler as well for 2-4 minutes until browned on the edges.
Remove bread from oven and rub with a raw clove of garlic that has been cut in half.
Drizzle honey on warm goat cheese. Sprinkle on fresh thyme leaves, sea salt & fresh cracked pepper.