Garlic Toasts with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, preferably a mix of red and yellow, stemmed and halved
  • 2 Tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • About half a baguette, cut into 16 slices, about ½-inch thick
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • About ½ cup more olive oil, for brushing on bread
  • 3 ounces mild goat cheese, at room temperature
  1. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, and the 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, Toss well to mix.. Let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes or up to an hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Arrange the bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Rub the garlic halves over one side of the bread and brush lightly with about ½ cup of the olive oil. Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Spread each toast with goat cheese, top with a spoonful of the tomato mixture, and serve at once. Serves 6 to 8.
Recipe by The Culinary Cellar at