We know them as crostini, an appetizer consisting of a small slice of toasted or grilled bread topped with grilled vegetables, meats, or cheeses. To tell you the truth, I could eat these every night and never get tired of it. My Crostinis With Whipped Goat Cheese And Grape Tomato Salad.
I specifically asked the deli of my local grocery store to slice for me 2-1/2-inch thick slices of Genoa salami so I could dice it up for my salad.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Equipment: 1 (10-cup) food processor, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, 1 large mixing bowl
1 loaf of Tuscan Garlic Ciabatta bread, sliced (yields 16 slices) substitute plain Ciabatta or a French baguette
2 (1/2-inch) thick slices Genoa salami, 1-inch dice
2 pints grape tomatoes, yellow and red, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, julienned
Ingredients For Whipped Goat Cheese:
2 (4-ounce) goat cheese logs, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup *E.V.O.O.
Directions For Tuscan Ciabatta Bread:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
Slice ciabatta bread at a 45-degree angle into 1/2 -inch thick slices. Arrange the bread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the top surface of each slice of ciabatta lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Place into the oven on the center rack. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the bread is golden. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let the toast cool slightly before adding the toppings.
In a large mixing bowl, add the halved grape tomatoes, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, chopped tarragon, julienned basil leaves, and diced salami. Toss all the ingredients together, set aside
Directions For Whipped Goat Cheese:
In a food processor, add room temperature goat cheese and cream cheese. Pulse that for a minute. Next, add fresh lemon juice, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and *E.V.O.O. Process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
*E.V.O.O. is an acronym for Extra Virgin Olive Oil.