Have you every just been sitting on your couch in your soft clothes when several of your nearest and dearest call and say they are going to pop in? No? Me neither, are you kidding? I live in New York, most of my friends have never even seen my apartment.
However, I do like to have a few quick and simple recipes in my mind for last minute appetizers should, you know, The Queen and Kate Middleton stop by for tea. So sometimes I play a mini game of Chopped with myself: Look in the fridge, grab no more than 6 ingredients and see what I can make in 20 minutes (the time limit tends to go out the window once I get started).
Today's game of Chopped delivered something so savory, sweet, and delicious, I simply had to share with you all: Rosemary Date Goat Cheese and Toast, or Crostini if you want to get real fancy about it.
Here's what you'll need:
5 oz Soft Goat Cheese
3 Medjool Dates (pitted and soaked)
1 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Rosemary (about two sprigs)
1/4 Tsp Olive Oil
Loaf of Bread (G Free if needed)
Step One: Soak and pit your dates. Dates need a little lovin' to be their best pureed self. Just a 5-10 minute soak will do it.
Step Two: De-sprig (yes, that's what I call it) your rosemary and give it a corse chop.
Step Three: Take a big deep breath in through your nose and smell the gift from above that is the scent of fresh rosemary. This step is mandatory and is very important to follow. Especially when you live in New York in the summer, there are a lot of bad smells to be smelled, so when a good one comes along, I highly recommend embracing it.
Step 4: Throw your dates and rosemary into your food processor/blender/vegetable chopper. I used a tiny veggie chopper because my lovely food processor is in my closet in my parent's house in California. I'll have it soon then you will beg me to stop posting recipes that require it.
Puree your dates and rosemary until they turn into a big all incorporated ball.
Step 5: Add your goat cheese into the mix, drizzle in your olive oil and blend together until fully incorporated and set aside. Note: Since my veggie chopper is so small and not made for this kind of thing, I gave it a little helping hand and mashed the goat cheese and the rosemary date mixture together a little bit before blending it.
Step 6: Grab your bread. If you have an unsliced loaf, slice it up. If it's already sliced, take a two minute nap. Then take as many slices as you you have guests and drizzle with olive oil, put on a baking sheet and pop under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
It was just me an The B Man, so I just used two slices of Udi's Gluten Free Ancient Grain, Omega Flax & Fiber bread. You can find it in most grocery stores these days and it's BY FAR, the best gluten free sandwich bread. They also have a ton of other gluten free products (including some pretty kickass French Bread) that can be found in more specialty health food stores, like Whole Foods.
Step 7: Spread your Rosemary Date Goat Cheese on your toast and voila! You have a a delightful appetizer
Not only is this dish super easy to whip up and completely delicious, but it's easy to customize and mix it up.
These are delightful with just some sprinkled fresh rosemary on top with some salt and pepper.
Or you can make yourself The B Man Special and plop some walnuts on there and a drizzle of honey. I call it The B Man Special because I swear the man wants to add honey to everything I make.
If you are making these for a large party, you could easily slice your bread into fourths for smaller, bite-sized pieces. Or you could do it buffet style and have your guests assemble as they like. It's a simple way to truly wow your guests, or just yourself, which lets be honest is the most important thing anyway.
So go ahead, wow yourself, and make sure to share your creations on Instagram!