I have a confession to make. When I see certain ingredients in a recipe, I tend to run. Ingredients that I don’t know exactly where to find in the grocery store or ingredients that I don’t usually cook with can intimidate me. When I was asked to do a step-by-step how-to for the new Baked Goat Cheese Crostinis recipe that was developed by the Pillsbury® Kitchens, I was a little nervous. I looked at the list of ingredients, and a tiny bit of panic set in. But I am here to tell you that the fear was in vain. This recipe was absolutely delicious and came together with ease. No need to be intimidated…it is time to impress!
First, you need to cut up your roasted red peppers and figs. Here are a couple tips for working with these two ingredients. First, you can find roasted red peppers at your neighborhood dollar store. I am not kidding…and they are good! Second, dried figs are by the raisins in your grocery store. There are some in boxes and some in bags. Either will work, but you need to make sure to pull off the little stem before you coarsely chop them.
Next, it is time to slice the goat cheese. Thanks to Kristin in the Pillsbury® Kitchens, I have a wonderful tip to share with you. Use dental floss to slice the cheese (making sure it isn’t mint flavored, of course!). You want to slide the floss under the cheese, pull up, cross like you are tying a shoe and pull. The cheese will slice evenly and very, very easily!
Lay the goat cheese slices in an ungreased baking dish and add the roasted red peppers, figs, capers and juice. (Another grocery store hint, the capers are located by the olives.)
In a small bowl, whisk together chopped garlic, oil, vinegar, oregano and brown sugar. Pour over the goat cheese. Cover and refrigerate. You need to refrigerate it for at least an hour to allow the flavors to marry. You can also make this ahead and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days!
Now for the bread…yum, the bread! Unroll a Pillsbury® crusty French loaf and make 6 cuts across the top. Brush some of seasoned oil from the baking dish on the bread dough. (Be careful not to disturb the cheese slices.)
Bake the bread at 425 degrees for 26-30 minutes. The aroma that will waft from your oven is heavenly…embrace it. Once the bread is baked and cooled, slice it and place on a cookie sheet.
You can then put your goat cheese dish in the oven and bake, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on it because you just want to see the edges get brown.
Now, is the time to indulge. Spoon some of that delicious cheese and toppings onto your bread. You can also use the bread to mop up the tasty oil in the dish. This appetizer is so pretty. You can put the dish right on the table and serve. Your guests will be impressed and very satisfied. I loved this appetizer and am excited to make it again.
Another quick tip, you will have extra ingredients, which you can add to cooked pasta or put on top of more crusty bread slices!