Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Holiday appetizer with goat cheese + prosciutto



There's almost nothing I love more than sharing delicious food with some of my favorite people. It's one of the best parts of the holidays. Family, food, and friends. Whether it's at my house or theirs, as long as we have good food and good conversation I'm happy. I've been dying to share this yummy recipe and I'm definitely serving it the next time we're entertaining. 

Cheese is definitely a weakness for me. I love all kinds of cheese! On everything. Who doesn't like cheese? I would be so sad if I couldn't eat it...how do you live without cheese in your life? Anyway, it's a great food to serve when you need a yummy appetizer to pair with some wine. I'm a big fan of cheese trays, cheese spreads, cheese on crackers, on bread, veggies...like I said before, I love cheese! As I've gotten older I've branched out and experimented with all kinds of cheeses and my tastes have become a bit more refined. Goat cheese is one of my new favorites, and it's the centerpiece of this yummy appetizer I'm sharing. Here's the easy recipe:

Ingredients:

4 oz goat cheese 
1 loaf of French bread, sliced
1 package thinly sliced prosciutto
olive oil
herbs, fresh or dried
salt & pepper 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly brush slices of bread with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake them in the oven for about 3-5 minutes, just until bread is warmed and starting to get crispy on the edges. Remove from oven and let them cool slightly before handling. 

Once the toasted bread is cool enough, spread on a generous layer of goat cheese. Roll up the slices of prosciutto and slice them into thin pieces. I did the same thing with some fresh basil- roll it & slice it thinly, and then put some of the prosciutto and basil on top of the bread with goat cheese. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and give them a generous sprinkle of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. 

Arrange on a serving platter and garnish with fresh herbs. Serve with other meats, cheeses, crackers, and charcuterie. 

This recipe is so versatile and you can mix and match the goat cheese with all kinds of other savory or sweet flavors. You can also add whatever herbs and spices you'd like. I just used what I had on hand, but there are so many other ways to change up goat cheese.

Joan of Arc has been my favorite brand of goat cheese that I've tried so far. It's rich and creamy with a fresh, light, tangy taste. I found mine at my local Winco with the rest of the artisan cheese selections. You can find all kinds of appetizer recipes using goat cheese here for your next holiday get-together. I'm sure your friends and family will love whatever you're serving! 

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