Goat Cheese & Thyme Bruschetta

goat-cheese-bruschettaOrganic tomatoes, goat cheese and fresh thyme are the signature flavors of a classic Italian appetizer. And when Super Bowl is right around the corner, I’m sure you all need a quick and easy appetizer recipe to please your football fans! Chili and Dip are classic recipes, but these delicious pieces of bread will surely be gobbled in no time. Serve them with some refreshing Lemonade and you and your guests are on your way to celebrate Super Bowl, a-la-Italian style. Instead of the traditional Parmesan cheese, this one has a salty burst of flavor due to the goat cheese, and the characteristic Basil is replaced by Thyme; ready in minutes, this delicious take on Bruschetta will definitely be a great finger-food for your next party!

[Recipe & photo courtesy of Betty Crocker]
Tomato & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

2 logs (4 oz each) soft goat cheese, cut into 8 (1-inch) slices
1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen® organic diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted kalamata olives
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
24 slices (1/2 inch thick) baguette (about 8 oz), toasted

Heat oven to 350°F. In un-greased 1-quart shallow ovenproof gratin dish or 9-inch glass pie plate, place cheese in single layer.

Sprinkle tomatoes, olives, thyme leaves and pepper flakes over cheese. Drizzle with olive oil.

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