Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Thankful Appetizer

What are you thankful for this holiday season?  Your family, friends, the wine glass in your hand, or a  gold turkey on your apron?  Yes, I'm apron obsessed.  I love to feel pretty (and protected from grease) while chopping and cooking in my kitchen.  Also, I couldn't pass up a Target clearance item like this! Besides, my pretty and festive apron made a great backdrop for our simple-to-make Thanksgiving appetizer.

This crostini couldn't be any easier to make and can be prepped a day in advance.  The peppery spice from the rosemary and delicious roasted red peppers gives a wonderful fall (into winter) take on a classic bruschetta.  You are bound to wow your guests with the vibrant colors and for those of you who are anxious for Christmas (and forgot about Thanksgiving) it's the perfect color scheme.

Rosemary Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta Crostini

1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
4 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
1 baguette, warmed and sliced

In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  Set aside.

Combine the roasted red peppers, red onion and tomatoes in a medium bowl.  Pour in the olive oil mixture and stir to combine.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight to combine all the flavors.  Spread the goat cheese on the warmed sliced baguette, top with the bruschetta and serve.  Makes about 12-15 crostinis.