Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Toasts

We were going to a cookout and I was asked to bring an appetizer. I was happy to oblige and was excited about the challenge. Usually I’m asked to bring dessert, so it was fun to try to think of something else to bring. I went to the starred items in my Google Reader (last time I checked I had over 1000 starred items!) and decided that these would be perfect. Everyone at the cookout enjoyed them and I didn’t have any to bring home.

I doubled the recipe and it took one large jar of roasted red peppers. The other great thing about this recipe is that it can be made in advance. Just store the toasted bread in a airtight container (or ziplock bag) and assemble just prior to serving.

Goat cheese and Red Pepper Appetizers – adapted from Cooking This and That, originally from Giada De Laurentiis
18 slices (1/2″ thick) sliced baguette bread
olive oil
4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese – I used 1/2 goat cheese and 1/2 herbed goat cheese
2 ounces cream cheese – I used Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese
parsley and basil – I used frozen fresh basil because that’s what I had on hand
salt and pepper to taste
18 strips of roasted red peppers

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, blend goat cheese and cream cheese in food processor (this is easier if the cheeses are room temperature) until smooth and creamy. Add the parsley, basil, salt and pepper and pulse just to blend.

Spread the cheese mixture in a thin layer over each toasted slice of bread. Top with a strip of roasted red pepper.

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6 Responses to “Lactose-Intolerant Friendly Mac & Cheese with Broccoli and Cauliflower recipe”

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    Carrie — May 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    This looks great!

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    Alicia — May 17, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I just have to say that I visit your blog often and LOVE all of these great recipes!!

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    Jen — May 19, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Thanks guys! This stuff is really yummy and cheesey!

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    Marye — May 19, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    mm…looks wonderful..what a great combination!
    Marye
    bakingdelights.com

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    Mariah — December 19, 2010 at 5:17 am

    This looks delicious–but I’m confused as to how it is dairy-free, since it clearly includes cheeses.

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    Jen — December 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Great point Mariah. At the time of this post, I had recently found out that I was lactose intolerant. Since I can eat sheep and goat milk cheeses, my definition of dairy free is just anything without cow’s milk in it. I am changing the title of the post to be Lactose-Intolerant Friendly Mac and Cheese to avoid any confusion.

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