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Warm Herbed Goat Cheese Bruschetta

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Yields about 1 cup.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 58

I serve this topping family-style in a little gratin dish, and let guests spread the warm cheese on the bread themselves.

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-lb. loaf rustic country bread or crusty baguette, sliced 1/2 inch thick (cut baguettes on the diagonal)
  • 1/2 lb. fresh goat cheese
  • 2-1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 or 2 leafy sprigs thyme for garnish
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved (optional)

Coat the bottom of one or two rimmed baking sheets with olive oil and set the bread slices on top in a single layer. Brush the tops with a little more oil and set aside until you're ready to grill.

Light a charcoal fire and heat it until you can hold your hand above the grate for no more than 2 seconds or heat a gas grill to medium high.

Heat the oven to 350°F. Stir the goat cheese, chopped thyme, and 2 Tbs. of olive oil together in a small bowl until blended. Spread the cheese mixture in a ceramic crock or small gratin dish—no need to get it perfectly even. Drizzle the cheese with a bit more olive oil and top with a few grinds of black pepper. Lay the thyme sprigs on top. Bake the cheese until it's warm and creamy, about 10 minutes.

While the cheese bakes, grill the bread until one side has dark grill marks and then turn them to toast the other side. As soon as the slices are done, rub with garlic, if using.

Serve the cheese in the crock, surrounded with the grilled bread.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per Tbs.; Calories (kcal): 70; Fat (g): fat g 6; Fat Calories (kcal): 50; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 3; Protein (g): protein g 3; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 0; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 75; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 10; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Very easy, great to make ahead. I've served with grilled herbed bread, and in a pinch Triscuit.

So easy and delicious-- a big hit at parties. I served it with grilled ciabatta.

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