BAKED GOAT’S CHEESE WITH WARM TOMATO BRUSCHETTA
10 oz (300 g) log goat’s cheese, at room temperature
½ cup (125 ml) cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup (60 ml) grated Parmesan
¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus extra for brushing baking dish
freshly ground pepper, to taste
10 oz (300 g) multi-coloured cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered, divided
2 tbsp (30 ml) drained and chopped sundried tomatoes in oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp (30 ml) finely chopped fresh chives
1 tbsp (15 ml) finely chopped fresh basil leaves
2 tsp (10 ml) balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
- In a food processor, combine goat’s cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan, 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil and a good pinch of pepper until smooth. Transfer mixture into a 4-cup (1 L) baking dish lightly brushed with oil. Bake until lightly browned on top and heated through, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, warm remaining olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add half the cherry tomatoes and all the sundried tomatoes and garlic. Sauté until tomatoes start to release their liquid and garlic is fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add remaining tomatoes, chives, basil and vinegar. Gently toss to combine.
- To serve, remove dip from oven and spoon tomato bruschetta mixture over top. Garnish with additional basil or chives, if desired. Serve alongside toasted baguette slices, vegetables or crackers. Best enjoyed warm.