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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Garlic and Tomatoes

This recipe is from Panera Bread's website and is a winning appetizer.

1/2 medium Baguette
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
4 ounces soft, fresh goat cheese, such as Montrachet
2 Tablespoons fresh basil or mint, chopped (I've made it without and it is still good.)

Preheat the oven or grill to 400 degrees F.
Slice the bread on a 45-degree bias into 1/2 inch sections.
Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil, and toast on baking sheets in the oven, or grill, until both sides are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.
Reduce oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine garlic, tomatoes and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
Spread goat cheese over toasts and arrange on baking sheet.
Spoon tomato-garlic mixture onto toasts, dividing equally.
Bake until heated through, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with basil or mint. Serve immediately.

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