Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fig, Goat Cheese & Arugula Crostinis

This past weekend my boyfriend and I hosted a large end-of-the-summer party and this was one of our big hits. Everyone loved these crostinis and out of everything we made (we might have slightly overdone the menu) this was the most simple. It has gorgeous colors, complexity in each bite and yet it was the most easy to put together. If you're ever in the market for a last minute, gorgeous appetizer- this is it! 

Fig, Goat Cheese & Arugula Crostinis 

8oz goat cheese, room temp (log is easiest) 
1 1/2 cups baby arugula, washed and dried 

8-10 ripe figs, thinly sliced 
15-20 slices of French bread
1 garlic clove 

3-4 tbs olive oil
3-4 tbs balsamic glaze
1/2 tsp salt
Fresh cracked pepper to taste 

Cutting board
Serrated knife to cut bread/figs
Butter knife 
Baking tray 
Serving tray 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay the sliced French bread flat on the cutting board. Drizzle all the pieces with olive oil. Using the garlic clove, rub the olive oil all over the bread slices. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Put on the baking tray and into the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the crostinis are slightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

Once cooled, use the butter knife to spread the toasts with goat cheese. Then place a couple pieces of arugula into the goat cheese. Top the crostinis with one to two fig slices depending on the bread size. Once the crostinis are made- place on your serving tray and then drizzle the balsamic glaze over all of them. 

Serve at room temperature. You can make these a few hours ahead and cover and refrigerate as well. Just make sure to remove 30 minutes before serving to take the chill off. 

If you have a Labor Day party coming up this weekend- bring this appetizer. You will be a hit!! Enjoy! Xo

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