Appetizer Plate: Garlic Goat Cheese Spread, Roasted Red Pepper Spread, Caponata
After going out with Tom for drinks and appetizers a few weeks back -- and the appetizer plate not coming as specified on the menu -- I had been wanting to make my own appetizer platter as a fun and different dinner. I wanted to do a set of spreads that I could put over warm slices of a French baguette, and possibly pair with some cured meats. The first couple of recipes that I had in mind were some sort of goat cheese spread and a roasted red pepper spread -- two things that I had had before and liked, but never tried making myself. The Garlic Goat Cheese Spread, was basically taken from a recipe I found on AllRecipes.com -- and included a mixture of goat cheese, plain Greek yogurt, roasted garlic and herbs (I think I used basil and oregano rather than thyme).
|Started with some roasted garlic -- perhaps the second time I've ever done|
this...I should roast garlic more often!
|Mixed goat cheese, yogurt, roasted garlic, green onions, herbs/spices and|
olive oil together in a food processor -- very simple!
|Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese Spread - ready to serve!|
|Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese Spread - goes great on bread!|
The next recipe I wanted to make was a Roasted Red Pepper Spread. I ended up finding a great recipe for this on AllRecipes.com, as well. I think I followed all of the directions on this recipe (roasted red peppers, parsley, roasted garlic, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese) -- except that I decided to try roasting my own red peppers. I found some on sale at the store and gave it a shot!
|Very simple - just quartered peppers, roasted in a hot (maybe 500 degree)|
oven until skins browned; cool and remove outer skin. Stored in olive oil.
|Just mix all of the ingredients in a food processor and voila!|
- 2 small eggplants
- 6 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 small red onion, minced
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Olive oil
- 1 roasted red pepper, minced
- 1-2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
- Cayenne pepper
|The Garlic Goat Cheese Spread & Caponata paired together|
nicely to make a DE-licious panini!
|Yummy lunch, with the goat cheese/ caponata panini, pears, and salad|
And for my appetizer dinner.. we ended up with quite a nice little assortment!
|Appetizers for dinner!|
|Caponata, Roasted Red Pepper Spread, Garlic Goat Cheese Spread -|
on warm baguette slices
Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Happy Gilmore. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!