Tonight’s Culinary Adventure: Goat Cheese al Forno
(This is a take on my favorite tapas, EVER. If you don’t know what a tapas is, check out this post.)
Note: You can prepare the tomato base ahead of time, add it to a dish with a slice of goat cheese in the middle and grill it in your wood oven until the cheese is melted/toasted. Serve on toast points.
Sauce: (Makes approx. two to three tapas)
6 peeled tomatoes (roma works nicely in this recipe), diced
8 oz goat cheese
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1/2 white wine
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 tsp herbs de provence
1/4 cup fresh basil plus 1/4 reserved for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup compound garlic butter
Combine all ingredients (except for the butter, baguette, and goat cheese) in a deep saute pan. Saute to reduce liquid until the liquid reduces, approx. 10 minutes.
Prepare toast points by slicing a baguette and toasting the slices. Butter with garlic butter (or garlic oli).
Place a hot layer (about a 1/2” thick) of the tomato basil mixture in a small low sided terra cota dish (which will help hold the heat) and place a 1/2” slice of goat cheese in the middle. Place under a grill, broiler, or in a wood oven under a nice flame until the goat cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Sprinkle with some fresh sliced basil.
Serve with the toast points and enjoy!
Approximate Nutritional Values: http://www.food.com/recipe/tomatoes-broiled-with-goat-cheese-and-basil-20816