Are You Ready for Some Football & Bruschetta?

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.

I adapted this recipe from one that I got from Lisa Vaughn, a good friend in Charlotte, NC. Approach with caution. It is addictive.

Vinegar Goat Cheese Cream Cheese Fresh Basil Tiny Rosa (Grape) Tomatoes Olive Oil Garlic Salt & Pepper Bread

Vinegar Goat Cheese Cream Cheese Fresh Basil Tiny Rosa (Grape) Tomatoes Olive Oil Garlic Salt & Pepper Bread – I provide two serving options one is prettier and one is quicker. See Serving Option 2 just before the recipe. Parts of this recipe can be made in advance. See make ahead suggestions after the recipe.

tomato collage

Cut tomatoes in half and place cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet, otherwise, the acid in the tomatoes may stain your baking sheet. Then stick the baking sheet in an oven preheated to 65°C (150°F) for about an hour. Or until the tomatoes start to shrivel.

To come up with 2 tablespoons chiffonaded basil, you will need about 8 large basil leaves.

To come up with 2 tablespoons chiffonaded basil, you will need about 8 large basil leaves.

Take 4 large basil leaves and stack them atop one another. Roll them into a cigar and then make tiny slices. Repeat with remaining 4 basil leaves.

Take 4 large basil leaves and stack them atop one another. Roll them into a cigar and then make tiny slices with a super sharp knife. Repeat with remaining 4 basil leaves.

Take the tomatoes off the sheet and put them in a glass jar.

Take the tomatoes off the baking sheet and put them in a glass jar. (If you are assembling right away, you can use the same baking sheet to toast the bread. Don’t worry about the tomato residue, it’s fine.)

Add the tomatoes to 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.

Add the tomatoes to 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.

Slice bread into centimeter   (1/2 inch) wide slices.

Slice bread into centimeter (1/2 inch) wide slices.

Arrange sliced bread on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Brush one side of the bread with olive oil and garlic mixture. Lightly toast in oven.

Arrange sliced bread on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Mix the olive oil with the garlic. Brush one side of the bread with the olive oil and garlic mixture. Lightly toast in preheated oven on 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 and spread on toasted bread.

Make the cheese spread. Mix the cream cheese and the goat cheese. When you are ready to serve, spread Goat Cheese mixture on toasted bread.

Spoon tomato basil mixture onto the cheese topped toasts.

Spoon  the Roasted Tomato Basil mixture onto the cheese topped toasts and serve.

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.

After you mix the goat cheese and the cream cheese, place it in a sheet of plastic wrap and form it into a tube and stick it the goat cheese container. and let harden in the fridge for at least an hour.

After you mix the goat cheese and the cream cheese, place it in a sheet of plastic wrap and form it into a tube and stick it the goat cheese container. and let harden in the fridge for at least an hour.

When you get tot he venue, unwrap it, place it on a plate. Spoon tomato basil mixture onto. Arrange toasts on another plate and allow guests to assemble themselves.

When you are ready to serve, unwrap the Cheese Log, and place it on a plate. Spoon the Roasted Tomato Basil mixture onto. Arrange toasts on another plate and allow guests to do their own spreading.

Goat Cheese & Roasted Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe

Roasted Tomatoes

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

Garlic Toasts

1 loaf French bread

Cheese Spread

100 grams Chevins goat cheese

2 tablespoons cream cheese

Roasted Tomatoes

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.

Toasts

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!!

Cheese Spread

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.

2 thoughts on “Are You Ready for Some Football & Bruschetta?

  1. Can’t wait to try! Looks delish….. and I am not a huge fan of goat cheese but would try this. Let you know if I do. Hey, it’s American Football season so I will try soon!!!!

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