Baked Goat Cheese and Garlic Herb Bread

20130504017We went out to dinner a while back and had the most amazing appetizer, Baked Goat Cheese and Garlic Herb Bread at a nice French restaurant. It was seriously so good that we had to recreate it at home. Goat cheese is my favorite and I love how creamy it is in this recipe. This appetizer is perfect for date night!

First, we started on the tomato sauce. I chopped up onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. 20130504002We sauteed these until nicely browned and seasoned with salt and pepper. Then, pureed the veggies with crushed tomatoes in the food processor. 20130504009Next, I worked on the butter for the garlic herb bread. I added garlic, parsley, and basil to the food processor to give it a rough chop, then I added the butter and combined. 20130504006Next, I put together to the ramekins for the Baked Goat Cheese. I filled the ramekins half way with the tomato sauce and placed a 1.5 ounce piece of Goat Cheese on top. I baked these at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 20130504010I sliced a baguette and toasted it in the oven, then spread the butter on it.20130504018Yum!20130504019

Baked Goat Cheese and Garlic Herb Bread

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 celery stalk, Chopped

2 garlic cloves, Chopped

28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes

6 ounces of goat cheese

handful of parsley

1 garlic clove

3 basil leaves

3 tablespoons butter

salt and pepper

Directions

Saute onion, garlic, carrots and celery with olive oil until nicely brown. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer veggies to a larger food processor and add 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes. Puree until smooth. Carefully pour the sauce back into the pan and simmer for 20 minutes. Fill four ramekins half way with sauce and add a 1.5 ounce piece of goat cheese to each one. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

In a food processor, add 1 garlic clove, a handful of parsley, 3 basil leaves. Pulse food processor a few times and add the butter. Pulse until evenly combined. Slice a baguette on the diagonal and place in the oven until lightly toasted. Then, spread with the garlic herb butter. Serve the warm Baked Goat Cheese with the bread on the side. Enjoy!

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