Summer is here. I hate summer. I really do! I’m not a fan of humid and hot weather conditions. I’d much prefer a snow storm or even a full-blown blizzard. Although, I must admit, I love a good summer thunder storm. There’s just no way to please me! When summertime comes though, I try my best to limit the need for too many heating elements in my kitchen. I love to cook, and do so almost every single day, but sometimes, like today, it’s just too hot to spend time standing at the stove.
Even though this recipe requires a broiler, it’s literally about five minutes of use. The rest is prepared without any need for anything but a knife and a cutting board. Almost. Goats cheese is one of my favourite cheeses. It’s so creamy and smooth, and completely flexible in terms of food prep. Goats cheese can be sweetened, made to taste savoury, and adds so much depth to a pasta dish. It’s a great vessel for carrying a stronger flavour and it really does blend well with more dominant ingredients.
I made two types of crostini. The first was the Tomato Jam and Chive Crostini. You can find the recipe for my Tomato Jam recipe here: Sweet & Sticky Tomato Jam. Basically, spread a good amount of the prepared goats cheese on a freshly toasted baguette slice. With the back of a teaspoon, make a well, and fill the well with the jam. Lightly sprinkle some freshly grated black pepper over the top, and add a few chives.
The next type was the Cucumber and Parsley Crostini. Spread the toasted baguette slice with the goats cheese. Lay a thinly sliced cucumber on top. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
Of course you can make up your own versions of these as well. Avocado with coarse sea salt would be terrific! What about sun dried tomatoes and salty green olives? Consider trying a grilled peach with honey, or fresh tomatoes with a drizzle of good balsamic, or even a piece of prosciutto. There’s so many possibilities!
I would love to hear what combinations you can think of! Send me a note!
Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini
- 300 grams packaged goats cheese
- 4 tablespoons half and half or light cream
- 2 tablespoons honey
- dash of salt and pepper
In a mixing bowl, add the milk, honey, salt and pepper to the goats cheese.
With your hand held mixer, whip until all ingredients are well blended and the goats cheese takes on a smooth consistency.
Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature while you prep the remaining items.