{Fancy Frugal Food} Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese Appetizer

tomatoes and goat cheese appetizer

Being on a budget does not mean you have to serve beans and rice at your next dinner party. Today, my fancy and frugal friend Olivia Polk from OliviaPolk.com is going to share an amazing appetizer recipe. She has introduced me to many delicious dishes over the years. But one of her appetizers – Roasted Tomatoes And Goat Cheese – is my all-time favorite treat!

Roasted Tomatoes And Goat Cheese Appetizer

This is one of my easiest and most popular appetizers. I’m pretty sure this won the hearts of my in-laws, so you can take that nugget of happiness with you as you cook. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • French baguette or water crackers
  • Goat Cheese
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

1.  Slice up the french baguette and drizzle a little olive oil on each side. Spread the desired amount on a baking pan and put it in the oven on broil at about 450 degrees for no more than a minute. Keep a close eye on these as the broil function can turn crostinis to charcoal pretty fast.

Or if you want an easier and similarly delicious route, serve the goat cheese and tomatoes with water crackers. Carrs is generally the most well-known, but good Lord, they’re expensive, almost $4 for a box! Target carries water crackers under their label, Archer Farms, for $1.52. Sometimes these are also available on their Cartwheel app which can knock off an extra 5 percent. And another thing…while I love water crackers, I recommend buying a loaf of french bread. It’s much more economical – Aldi sells a loaf for $1.99 and you’ll get more crostinis out of them. Also, sometimes the water crackers are broken, so you’re not guaranteed the full amount you’re purchasing if you plan to serve this at a party. Lastly, the bread is a more sturdy vessel for the goat cheese and tomato spread.

tomatoes and goat cheese appetizer

2. Next, throw your tomatoes in a bowl and add olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and basil evenly to coat. If you need exact measurements, go with a proportion of a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of the other ingredients per one pint of tomatoes. Add another drizzle of olive oil to a saucepan and place it on a burner at a medium or low-medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the tomatoes. Let them roast until desired softness, stirring occasionally. Sometimes I keep it at a real low heat and put a lid on top to keep the moisture in. Add the minced garlic and let it roast for a minute or so but be careful not to let the garlic burn.

If you prefer the oven route, follow the instructions above, except place the tomatoes on a baking sheet and place in the oven and broil at 450 degrees for about 2 minutes. Again, keep an eye on them as they will cook pretty fast under the broil setting. I like the tomatoes to be soft enough that when I spread it on the goat cheese a bit of the inside oozes out….but maybe that’s just me.

tomatoes and goat cheese appetizer

3. To eat, simply spread some goat cheese on your crostini and top with a tomato or two.

Note from Jane: I second Olivia’s suggestion to make the tomatoes soft and spreadable. And I also want to interrupt this scheduled guest post to note that when the tomatoes are first out of the pan and HOT, you should NOT eat without popping the tomato with a fork to cool it down! I’ve popped a tomato or two into my mouth right from the pan and let me tell you, the scalding tomato juice that squirts out is liquid lava. And you really need all your taste buds to enjoy this treat. And seriously, these little appetizers are SO GOOD. (Did Olivia or I say that yet?)

tomatoes and goat cheese appetizer

Enjoy!

P.S. For more, check out Olivia’s blog here!

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