Summer Appetizer: Warm Goat Cheese Caprese

Thursday, June 12, 2014


This was our appetizer tonight for my Dad's birthday and our last family dinner until the next time we're together. We're leaving early in the morning for California!! Our move to Monterey is finally here. Happy almost Friday, happy birthday Daddio and happy start to summer.


Warm Goat Cheese Caprese
(serves 4)

3-4 ripe heirloom tomatoes
4 rounds of goat cheese, sliced at about 1/2 inch thick
fresh basil
EVOO
sea salt for taste
1/2 C panko breadcrumbs
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
balsamic vinegar (optional)

This appetizer only needs a few minutes to make and is best served warm. Heat a pan over medium heat while you slice the goat cheese and tomatoes. Add the garlic to the breadcrumbs and spread them on a plate. Rub EVOO on the top and bottom of the goat cheese rounds and coat well in the breadcrumbs. If you choose plain panko breadcrumbs, add your favorite seasonings like oregano, basil and a bit of sea salt. Pour some EVOO into the pan and fry each goat cheese round on both sides until brown. This takes less than a minute. Begin with a slice of tomato on a plate, add the goat cheese, a piece of basil, and repeat. Drizzle EVOO over the top, as well as balsamic vinegar if you'd like, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Serve and eat immediately with a glass of wine :)


15 comments:

  1. This looks amazing and so simple and quick. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading!

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  2. I could lick the screen this looks so delicious - but I won't, don't worry ;)

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    1. Haha I wouldn't blame you. Goat cheese. Enough said!

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  3. Well this just looks like heaven!

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    1. Tiffany! ah, it's been too long. hope you're doing fantastic - seems like it from your blog. and yes - it was heaven!

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  4. Sounds divine!!! And so easy too :) Thanks for this Amanda... hope you Dad had a great birthday (Happy Birthday to him) and hope you have a safe move :) Xxxx

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    1. thank you!!! so sweet of you, Robyn.

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  5. This looks and sounds so delicious. I love the idea of swapping mozzarella for goat cheese! Best of luck with your move!

    prosecco in the park

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    1. Thanks, Lyndsay!!

      Goat cheese = cannot go wrong

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  6. I LOVE goat cheese and caprese. Cannot wait to devour this! I was hoping when you posted this on Instagram last night that it'd be on the blog :)

    Welcome back to California! I was in Monterey a couple of months ago, and it is lovely. You and Cam have to try out Casanova (http://www.casanovarestaurant.com/), it is darling and so romantic.

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  7. Oooooh! Thank you so much for that rec! You're right - looks so darling. I already showed Cam and told him we're goin!

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  8. OOOHH my goodness...as always this looks absolutely delish!! It looks like this has been a whirlwind month of joy as you have had a chance to spend time with y'alls families!! What precious memories I am sure that y'all have made! I am praying for y'all as you transition to California and for the future moves to come!! Thanks so much for blessing us with the joy and beauty that God has created!! Prayers for you and your precious family!!
    :) Rebecca
    p.s.- Saw someone recommended Casanova- absolutely so darling!! And if you want to feel like you are back in Europe you should definitely check out Bistro Moulin! :) It will make you feel like you are in a french cafe (http://www.bistromoulin.com/index.php) :) Can't wait to see Monterey through your pictures! I am sure I will want to jump on a plane to see it all! :)

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  9. This looks and sounds amazing, yum!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  10. Oh my goodness this looks delicious!

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