Herbed Bruschetta with Goat Cheese Appetizers

Goat cheese, also known by its French name, chevre, is a slightly tangy soft cheese that goes well with the sweetness of tomatoes and fresh herbs. These bite size portions are intentionally rustic in their appearance and will always benefit from the use of local ingredients.

This is an easy to make appetizer recipe, yes. But it definitely requires good ingredients... be sure to use ripe tomatoes and good quality goat's cheese.

Serves about 8.

2 C. Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
4 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs (oregano, parsley, basil)
4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 clove garlic, minced or pressed
8 ounces fresh goat cheese
Country bread or French bread
Freshly ground black pepper, to garnish

Directions: 1. Toss the tomatoes, herbs, vinegar and olive oil in a bowl to combine and set aside.

2. Cut bread on the diagonal to create oval pieces and lightly drizzle the juices from the tomato mixture on each slice. Toast these slices at 350 degrees F for 5-7 minutes or until just barely brown.

3. While the bread is still warm place small amounts of goat cheese on each slice. Thin rounds of cheese can be cut and simply laid on top of the bread.

4. Use a slotted spoon to place a small amount of tomato mixture on each slice. Drizzle with a bit of extra olive oil and a sprinkling of black pepper and serve immediately.

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