Creamy goat cheese, fresh herbs, and sweet lemon – can an appetizer be any simpler? Bonus: You can make this hours ahead of time, and did I mention it’s a crowd pleaser? These will be gone in minutes, though I have seen guests savor them between main course bites at the dinner table.
This recipe will feed 3-5 as an appetizer, but can be easily doubled for a larger group.
Goat Cheese Crostini
½ a baget, sliced
1 8 oz. log of goat cheese, room temperature
1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice baget in ½ inch rounds and arrange on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt. Bake 10-12 minutes, until edges are golden brown.
In a shallow bowl, combine goat cheese, herbs, and lemon zest. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, arrange goat cheese in the center of a platter and layer crostini’s around the bowl. This is the interactive approach, as guests will spread the mixture themselves. Alternatively, to control the flow (since guests will likely cluster near these), spread the mixture yourself so no one will be fighting over the knife.