Marinated Olives & Goat Cheese with Garlic Crostini
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Marinated Olives & Goat Cheese with Garlic Crostini

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appies & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking

Ingredients

Marinated Olives & Goat Cheese:

  • 1/2 cup Castelvetrano green olives, pitted & some halved lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp good extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 lemon peels from 1 lemon *Use a vegetable peeler
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 tsp herbs de Provence
  • 4 oz round of goat cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Garlic Crostini:

  • 1 baguette, sliced thinly
  • 1 large clove of garlic

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil, garlic slices, lemon peels, and herbs de Provence over low heat in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the garlic is just starting to turn golden. Cook it low and slow - don't burn the oil or garlic.
  • Remove from the heat and pour over the olives in a shallow bowl. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to mingle. 
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Slice a baguette (or two small ones) into thin slices.
  • Place on a baking sheet and into the oven for 5-7 minutes. Flip over and continue to bake for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately rub the hot slices of crostini with the halved garlic cloves cut side down. Repeat with remaining crostini and garlic halves.
  • When ready to serve, pour the olives and oil over the goat cheese in a shallow bowl and allow to sit for 7-10 minutes.
  • Top with sea salt and lots of fresh cracked black pepper, to taste & a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve immediately with the warm garlic crostini. Enjoy.