To continue on a slight party theme, and to do a recipe that is perfect for summer and entertaining at this time of year, I give you these simple and delicious crostini. They work perfectly for a light lunch or to serve as a snack with drinks. Rustic and packed with flavour, just the way I like it.
Simply take a baguette – I prefer to let it be a little stale, and cut slices as thick as you like. I think around 1.5cm works well. Brush them lightly with olive oil, place on a large baking sheet and roast in a 180 C / 350 F oven for 10 minutes. Just until they start going golden around the edges. I used a basil infused olive oil which I love, but any good quality will do. Allow them to cool.
Whip up a topping of goats cheese and Mascarpone cheese which is extra thick and decadent. I had a couple of tubs in my fridge thanks to the Italian cheese brand Galbani, which launched in South Africa recently. Its delicious. When you are ready to serve, spread a layer of whipped goats cheese on the crostini and top with the tangy dressed cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle over a few toasted pine nuts and serve.
Recipe – makes quite a few ~ Inspired by a recipe I saw Ina Gaarten do on TV recently
- 1 large baguette, cut into 1.5cm slices
- 1/4 cup olive oil to brush
- 500 – 700g cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 red onion, very finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 3T red wine vinegar
- 1t salt
- a generous grind of black pepper
- 2T finely chopped fresh basil leaves
- toasted pine nuts to garnish a small basil leaves – optional
whipped goats cheese
- 100g goats cheese / chevin
- 80g – 100g Mascarpone cheese or thick cream (more or less depending on how ‘goaty’ you like your spread)
Make the crostini as per instructions above. These can be made in advance and stored in a sealed container.
Make the dressing and then toss the halved tomatoes in this. Do this at least 10 minutes before serving to allow the flavours to integrate.
Make the whipped goats cheese by simply beating together the cheese and Mascarpone with an electric hand-held whisk.
When you are ready to serve, coat the tomatoes in the dressing and then spread and top the crostini.
I look forward to connecting with you again in the future.