1 French Baguette
extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 log or medallion (~8 oz) firm goat cheese I used one log & one pyramid of soft
1 c. store bought olive tapenade I made my own...recipe to followI also tried a couple of other toppings
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To make crostini, slice the baguette into thin rounds and set on a roasting tray. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for 7-8 minutes, until golden, then set aside.Simple Olive Tapenade by girlichef
garlic stuffed green olives- ~4 large
kalamata olive, pitted- ~10
herbs, if you wish
Chop up the olives. Drizzle in some olive oil & toss. Add some freshly chopped herbs. See...easy.Place goat cheese on a roasting tray and top with freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until it is warmed through and just starting to melt. Soft goat cheese won't be all gooey and melty like the firm would, but it is still warm & soft. Serve warm goat cheese with crostini and olive tapenade. I also tried serving with some store-bought sun-dried tomato tapenade and some chutney...hmmm, neither were as good.
This was a fun afternoon lunch to share, paired with a bottle of white wine. The nice crisp of the crostini with the soft, earthy goat cheese spread and the saltiness of the olives was nicely washed down with a crisp, fruity Pinot Grigio. Head on over to Tyler Florence Fridays to see what other Tyler recipes will tempt you this week! ...and hooray, today was the kiddos last day of school!! Perfect way for mom & dad to celebrate. Don't forget to enter my giveaway...time is quickly passing.