It seems like when I host a big get together my main course goes a little (or a lot) past the time I thought it was supposed to get done. My guests don’t seem to notice or mind, but that’s because I make sure to keep a steady flow of cocktails and snacks going in the meantime. One of those appetizer standbys is bruschetta. It’s simple, quick, and as long as I’ve got some form of cheese, fruit, or veggie I can make a number of different flavor combinations. I decided on this particular one for spring because of it’s bright colors and flavors.
I lightly toasted the baguette slices with olive oil so they had a nice crunch and then spread a layer of creamy rich goat cheese. Then I added freshly sliced plums, peaches, and blackberries with a bit of honey across the tops for a sweet and savory combination. I finished each slice off with a few basil leaves that made for a delicious garnish as well as an added layer of flavor.
(makes 20-24 slices)
1 baguette, cut into 3/4 inch thick slices
1 to 2 Tbs olive oil
4oz spreadable goat cheese
1 large peach, pit removed and cut into thin wedges
1 plum, pit removed and cut into thin wedges
Fresh basil leaves
1 to 2 Tbs honey
You can also do blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pear, or apple slices.
Preheat oven on low broiler setting (500 degrees F). Arrange baguette slices on 1 to 2 large baking sheets and brush the tops with olive oil.
Place in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until tops are just lightly toasted golden brown. Set a timer! I’m always multitasking and forget when I have items under the broiler, resulting in charred black toast!
Remove slices from the oven and allow to cool for a moment.
Spread each slice with a layer of goat cheese. Top with fruit slices, a few basil leaves, and drizzle with a small amount of honey. Serve right away.