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Crostino, (Meaning “Little Toast” In Italian)

on May 19, 2014

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We know them as crostini, an appetizer consisting of a small slice of toasted or grilled bread and toppings. Usually veggies, meats, or cheeses. To tell you the truth, I could eat these every night of the week and never get tired of it. Tonight I made my crostini with whipped goat cheese and my number one topping, tomatoes. Oh, and I added  something extra, Genoa salami. This recipe couldn’t be easier or more delicious. In a large bowl I sliced up  2 pints of grape tomatoes. To that I add 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. i stir this all together and add 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped tarragon, and 1/2 cup of fresh chopped basil and just set it aside for a minute.

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To this tomatoes mixture it’s time to add the Genoa salami. I bought 3/4 of a pound that I had slice into 2 bulk pieces.

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i cut the salami into 1 inch cubes then tossed it in with the tomatoes.

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Now for the whipped goat cheese. In a food processor I put 8 ounces of room temperature goat cheese along with 2-3 ounces of room temperature cream cheese. Pulse that for a minute, then add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, 1/3 cup of E.V.O.O., and a sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper. Then pulse this all together until everything is combined, it just takes a minute. Take the cheese out and place it in a bowl until you ready for it.

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So for the final step the ciabatta bread. Slice your bread into 1 inch slices and lay them out on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and some kosher salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees until the bread is golden brown. I’d say about 6-8 minutes but keep your eye on it because I have been known to burn bread.

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When the bread comes out of the oven give it a minute so you can handle it and not burn yourself, then spread some of that delicious whipped goat cheese spread all over each slice. Pile the tomato, salami, and herb mixture.  Next just sit down, take a load off, and enjoy, your crostini with a glass of your favorite wine, or a glass of sweet tea like I’m about to do.

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