Invited to a Football (Soccer) Party to view AFCON? Or is it ‘the AFCON’? Or to see the Orange Cup? I have no idea. I have never used any in my life. I’m not into American Football either. But, I do know what you can make and to take to the party. Goat Cheese & Roasted Tomato Basil Bruschetta. It’s an easy make ahead crowd pleaser that will appease even the rowdiest of your hooligan friends.
If you run out of time and don’t get a chance to assemble toasts before serving, you can just….well, let me just show you Serving Option 2.
Goat Cheese & Roasted Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe
2 200 gram (about a pound) packets of Mini Rosa (grape) Tomatoes, cut in half (The smaller the tomatoes the better. I find they always put the Mini Rosa Tomatoes in the 200 gram packet and large tomatoes in the 400 gram packet.)
2 teaspoons minced garlic + 2 teaspoons for the bread (see Garlic Toasts)
2 tablespoons chiffonaded basil from about 8 large basil leaves
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar or even Sherry vinegar, whatever you prefer or have on hand.
½ cup Olive Oil + 6 tablespoons for bread (see Garlic Toasts)
salt and pepper to taste
1 loaf French bread
100 grams Chevins goat cheese
2 tablespoons cream cheese
Preheat oven to 65°C (150°F). Bake tomatoes cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet for about an hour or until the tomatoes start to shrivel. While the tomatoes are roasting, you can prepare the basil by taking 4 large leaves and rolling them into a little cigar and with a super sharp knife, cut them into tiny slices and set aside.
Take the tomatoes out of the oven and let them cool. Once cool, spoon the tomatoes into a glass jar. Next add the basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt & pepper. Give it a good stir. Stick in fridge until ready to use. You can make this a few days ahead, giving the flavors a chance to meld splendidly. The original recipe stated it can be refrigerated up to 1 week.
Slice bread into centimeter (1/2 inch) wide slices.
Mix 2 teaspoons garlic to the 6 tablespoons olive oil.
Arrange sliced bread on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Brush one side of the bread with the olive oil and garlic mixture. Lightly toast in preheated oven set to broil (high heat from the top) for 3 – 4 minutes. DO NOT walk away, especially if you only have 1 loaf of bread!!
Mix the cream cheese and the goat cheese. When you are ready to serve, spread Goat Cheese mixture on toasted bread.
Then spoon the Roasted Tomato Basil mixture onto the cheese spread topped toasts and serve.
Make Ahead Suggestions
Two days ahead: Make cheese spread mixture and store in fridge. If using serving option 2, form into a log before refrigerating and stick it back into the goat cheese tub to shape it.
One day ahead: Slice bread, brush with Olive Oil Garlic mixture and toast in oven. Allow to cool completely, store in a zip lock bag.
Day of, choose serving option and either spoon Roasted Tomato Basil mixture onto cheese topped toasts. Or, assemble cheese log on a plate and spoon Roasted Tomato Basil mixture onto cheese log and arrange toasts on another plate.