Goat Cheese Appetizer with Vegetables

I am a fan of goat cheese and use it every chance I get on salads, pizzas, main dishes and appetizers.  This appetizer is a real winner!  Warm goat cheese topped with vegetables and served on plain water crackers.  Get the cocktails ready – it is time to party!

Goat Cheese Appetizer

Goat Cheese Appetizer with Vegetables
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Ingredients
  1. 1 goat cheese log
  2. Extra virgin olive oil
  3. Sea Salt
  4. Fresh cracked pepper
  5. 1 clove of garlic, minced
  6. 1 cup mushrooms, chopped (I use Baby Bella mushrooms)
  7. 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  8. Sundried tomatoes in oil, slivered
  9. Fresh baby spinach
  10. Grape tomatoes, halved
  11. Fresh basil leaves, chopped
  12. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place goat cheese log on a serving platter and place in oven for approx. 20 minutes or until warmed through.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil and reduce until it reaches a syrup like consistency, about 3 - 5 minutes.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil, add chopped mushrooms, season with salt, pepper and rosemary: sear until brown.
  4. Turn heat down and add the sundried tomatoes and minced garlic. Add a couple of handfuls of spinach and basil leaves and toss with tongs until wilted. Add grape tomato halves and warm for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove cheese from oven, top with spinach mixture. Drizzle with olive oil, reduced balsamic vinegar and a little reserved oil from sundried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with plain crackers or crostini.
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