Roasted Red Pepper Crostini
with a goat cheese spread
By: Eleni Saltas
Need a simple appetizer that stands out at any get together? These roasted red pepper crostini’s will do just the trick—and then some! Start with a baguette sliced into thin rounds, and then spread a good hunk of a tasty goat cheese mixture with plain goat cheese, garlic, spring onions and minced mushrooms. Then, a thin slice of roasted red pepper rounds the dish for a pop of color. I use Florinia roasted peppers from TradiFresh, a company straight from Greece that I adore. Any jar of roasted red peppers will do, or you can even roast some red peppers yourself, but I’ve found convenient and quick is what I want from a dish like this.
- 1 baguette, sliced ½ inch thick
- 2 Tablespoons of Extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup mushrooms, diced (measure before dicing)
- 10 ounces goat cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- One 8-ounce jar of roasted peppers, thinly sliced
- Balsamic glaze, for drizzling*
For the balsamic glaze:
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar (I prefer honey)
Add balsamic vinegar and honey (or brown sugar) to a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to similar until the mixture reduces by half. This should take about 10 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool.
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400F. Brush each side of the sliced baguette pieces with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Toast until golden brown, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a small nonstick pan. Add the chopped green onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic. Add the mushrooms and cook down for an additional 4-5 minutes. Add to small bowl and add the goat cheese, honey and salt and mix well to combine.
Spread each toast with a spoonful of the goat cheese mixture. Top with a sliced pepper and arrange on a platter. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and serve.
*You can simply use a store bought balsamic glaze, or make your own.