Favorite Recipe Friday: 5 EASY bread and cheese appetizers

 

From left to right: Ricotta & Fig, Brie & Peach, Sundried Tomato & Shaved Parmesan, Fig Cream Cheese & Prosciutto, Herbed Goat Cheese & Roasted Red Pepper

 

Fresh bread and good cheese are a match made in heaven.  Add a bit of fruit, a sprinkle of salt, fresh pepper and herbs and everyone’s tastebuds are in for a serious treat.

 

These 5 bread and cheese apps are incredibly simple and perfect for your summer BBQ’s, bunco nights, wine parties, office potlucks…you-name-it.   The ingredients are easy to find and once put together, they are sure to impress even your foodie-est of friends.

Here’s the How To:

  1. Slice your favorite fresh baguette (whole grain, seeded, french, sourdough, etc.) into 3/4 inch pieces (my 20″ baguette yielded 32 slices).
  2. Toast bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit.  Place slices on a sheet pan, spray with a little olive oil (or use a silicon brush to lightly brush each piece with olive oil). Toast for 5 minutes, remove from oven and let cool.
  3. Pick the combo(s) that tickles your fancy and continue on with your toppings:

Ricotta & Fig

1 cup fresh ricotta cheese

7 fresh figs, thinly sliced

1/3 cup honey

Kosher or sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Divide ricotta evenly among bread slices. Top each with 3 slices of fig, a drizzle of honey, a pinch of salt and pepper, to taste.

Brie & Peach

5 ounces (1 cup) brie cheese

2 small peaches, thinly sliced

Kosher or sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Fresh thyme (for garnish)

Directions: Spread brie evenly among bread slices (roughly 1 1/2 teaspoons each). Top each with 2 slices of peach, a pinch of salt and pepper, to taste.  Garnish with thyme.

Sundried Tomato & Shaved Parmesan

1 (8.5 ounce) jar sliced sundried tomatoes in oil, drained, 2 tablespoons of oil reserved

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1/4 cup tomato paste

Freshly shaved parmesan*

Kosher or sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Fresh chopped basil (for garnish)

Drizzle olive oil (optional)

Directions: In a medium bowl, combine drained tomatoes, a tablespoon or 2 of the reserved oil, garlic, and tomato paste.  Stir to combine.  Divide mixture evenly among bread slices.  Top each slice with a few shavings of parmesan, a pinch of salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with basil and drizzle with olive oil, if using.

*Use a vegetable peeler to thinly shave fresh parmesan.

Fig Cream Cheese & Proscuitto

8 ounces whipped cream cheese

2 tablespoons fig spread*

4 ounces (8 thin) sliced proscuitto, cut into quarters

Fresh chives or basil

Directions:  In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and fig spread.  Mix.  Evenly distribute spread among bread slices. Top each slice with 1/4 piece of proscuitto, a pinch of salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with chives (or basil).

*Fig spread is typically found in the deli section, with the gourmet cheeses.  Trader Joe’s has a “Fig Butter”, which would probably work too.

Herbed Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper

8 ounces goat cheese with herbs

1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, sliced

Kosher or sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Fresh thyme (for garnish)

Directions: Divide goat cheese evenly among bread slices. Top each with a few slices of red pepper, a pinch of salt and pepper, to taste.  Garnish with thyme.

 

 

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