No salad will break your heart like the “Caprese.” It always sounds great; creamy mozzarella, fragrant basil, and sweet, juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes…what’s not to love? Well, false advertising for one. With very few exceptions, the tomatoes used on these Caprese salads are not sweet, juicy, ripe tomatoes; they’re the opposite.
They’re almost always your standard, conventionally
produced, picked green and left to redden (not ripen) in the case, tomatoes.
They’re mealy, flavorless, and completely undeserving of being paired with
ingredients as perfect as mozzarella and basil.
While I’m invariably disappointed by the execution of this
classic salad, I do love the combination of flavors, and by using cherry tomatoes,
I thought it would translate perfectly for a baked goat cheese appetizer. Did
it ever. When you take into consideration the taste, appearance, and ease of
preparation, there’s a real chance this could become your new favorite summer
By the way, as long as you are using high quality, oven
safe ramekins, you can also do these on the backyard grill. Place a piece of
foil on the grates, set down your ramekins, close the cover, and cook until the
juices are bubbling, and the cheese is heated through.
I hope you give this delicious, and so not disappointing
“Caprese” a try soon. Enjoy!
Ingredients for 4 portions:
8 oz log fresh goat cheese, cut into 4 equal pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
*bake at 400 degrees F. for about 15 minutes
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I usually don’t mention the time of year during
these videos, since I have no way of knowing when someone will actually
view them, but when it came to this goat cheese and peach tartine, I couldn’t
help myself. For me, this is summer on a slice of bread. My apologies to those of you reading/watching this in February.
August is national goat cheese month (no, I don’t know who
decides these things), and what better way to enjoy chèvre than by topping it
with sweet, ripe, impossibly juicy peach slices? Mix in a little thyme and
black pepper to keep things interesting, and you’re looking at a very special
treat. Just make sure to use stale bread.
As I bemoaned in the clip, I used a fresh loaf, which while
perfectly delicious, wasn’t perfect. Staler bread would have produced a
crunchier stage for our co-stars, as there’s more then enough moisture
provided by the cheese and fruit.
By the way, if you don’t have any day-old bread, but still
want to enjoy this post haste, simply toss the toasted, olive-oiled slices into
a 350 F. oven for a few minutes, to dry out and crisp up before you top with
the cheese. Either way, you’re in for a significantly tasty summer treat. I hope
you give this a try soon (while it’s still summer!). Enjoy!
Ingredients for each Warm Goat Cheese & Peach Tartine:
1 thick slice French bread, sourdough or not
1 tbsp olive oil, or as needed
2 oz fresh goat cheese
3 slices fresh peach
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