Cherry Tomato Crostini with Herbed Goat Cheese
I used to share a recipe every Wednesday and then I got soooo busy I couldn’t keep up. I’m back today to share one of my new favorite recipes.
I’ve made it a few times now and every person I have made it for has said it is one of the best things they’ve ever eaten! SO so so so so good. It’s best made with lovely freshly picked cherry tomatoes. The ripe, sweet ones at the end of fall. They really make it so good.
And the fact that you roast them in fresh herbs and then let them sit in the juices and the flavors that come out of it are so sweet and yummy. Seriously I did quite a few and put them in the freezer when they were freshly picked because they are so good!
Well all that roasted tasty goodness and then good bread. Which is dear to my heart. I’ve realized bread reminds me of my childhood. My mom always made our bread and buns. We had a lot of it around. We didn’t have a lot of money but bread was something we could eat affordably. So we did, a lot. That’s another one of the reasons I love it so. That and it’s so stinking good. 😉 This bread is what my kids call the seed bread. It’s an easy loaf that I have yet to actually measure the flour amounts to share with others. It’s on my list of things to do. Sometime I’ll get around to it!
Anywho, back to this tasty treat. Straight out of the amazing David Lebovitz cookbook called My Paris Kitchen. And on a side note, I want all his cookbooks now. I try and keep only my very favorite cookbooks (I have a BIG collection) but I really really love his recipes. Now I totally cheated one of the times with goat cheese from Costco and just mixed in the herbs. (Don’t cringe David!) And it was sooooo yummy still. Seriously. If you are scared by the length of this recipe (relax it’s not hard) then starts with Costco Goat cheese and try it.
David Lebovitz's Cherry Tomato Crostini with Herbed Goat Cheese
Herbed Fresh Goat Cheese
- 2 cups whole goat's or cow's milk yogurt
- 1 generous tablespoon mixed fresh herbs (be sure to include chives, as well as an assortment that could include thyme, sage, basil or flat-leaf parsley), very finely minced
- 2 teaspoons shallots, minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- generous pinch of cayenne pepper
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes, stemmed and halved
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
- handful of fresh herbs (any combination of rosemary or thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and basil or sage leaves)
- sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 thick slices bread, such as ciabatta, a country bread or a sourdough that is not too dense
- olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- a few leaves of fresh basil, sage or flat leaf parsley to garnish
For the herbed goat cheese:
- Line a mesh strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth or muslin and set it over a bowl.
- Scrape the yogurt into the lined strainer and refrigerate the yogurt for 24 hours.
- Put the strained, thickened yogurt into a bowl and mix in the herbs, shallots, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
For the roasted tomatoes:
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Combine the cherry tomatoes, olive oil, sliced garlic and herbs in a baking dish or pan that will hold them all in a snug single layer.
- Season with salt and pepper, mix well and spread them out in a single layer.
- Roast the tomatoes in the oven for about 45 minutes, stirring once or perhaps twice during baking, until they’re wilted and their juices are starting to concentrate — and perhaps brown a bit — in the bottom of the baking dish or pan.
- (The baking time will depend on the material of the baking dish and type of cherry tomatoes used.) Ideally, you want the tomatoes to juice, and for the juices to thicken and concentrate.
- Scrape the tomatoes and any juices into a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
- They can sit up to 8 hours, and improve the longer they sit.
- When ready to serve, make the toasts.
For the toasts:
- Evenly brush the bread with olive oil.
- Place them on a baking sheet in a preheated 350ºF oven and toast for about 5 minutes, until light golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and when just cool enough to handle, rub the slices generously with the garlic clove.
- Let cool to room temperature.
- Thickly smear each piece of bread with the fresh herbed cheese.
- Set each one on a plate.
- Pluck out the herbs and spoon the tomatoes and their juices onto the slices of bread.
- Coarsely chop the herbs for the garnish, and scatter them over the top of each portion.
I promise you’ll fall in love with it.
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