This is one of my all time favorites to serve my guests or bring to a potluck. The first question usually asked when the appetizer is unveiled is “What is that?” When I reply that it is marinated goat cheese, I usually get a strange look or a turned up nose. But, once I start to toast the sliced baguette rubbed with the garlic infused olive oil, the hovering begins. One can’t help but flock to the delicious aroma coming from the kitchen. Once the crostini is done and placed on a serving platter, I take a piece and spread a little portion of the marinated chevre log over the toast. The creamy blend of cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and fresh herbs makes me audibly say “mmmmm”. As others watch how it is done, they soon follow. They also realize how delightful this appetizer is and usually have more than one serving. It makes me gloat a little that there is never anything left on the plate. Whenever I serve this, I am always asked for the recipe, even from those who originally turned up their nose.
1 baguette, sliced
1 plain chevre goat cheese log
2 to 3 garlic cloves
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (use your best)
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
In a glass measuring cup, mix the olive oil, vinegar, parsley, and black pepper. Take garlic cloves and place in a garlic press to get small pieces. Mix the garlic into the olive oil & vinegar marinade.
Put the chevre cheese log in a small container that can be covered with a lid. Pour the marinade over the cheese and cover. Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer so the cheese has time to absorb the marinade.
About 15 minutes before serving, take the marinated chevre log out of the refrigerator and place on a small serving plate with a cheese knife for spreading. Be sure to reserve all remaining marinade!
Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice the baguette and place on baking sheet. Drizzle a little of the remaining marinade over each piece of bread for flavor. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let crostini cool down for a few minutes then place on another serving tray. Spread a little goat cheese on top of the toast and Enjoy!