Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese Bruschetta with fried capers is a flavorful and tangy appetizer that combines the smoky sweetness of roasted peppers, the creamy richness of goat cheese, and the briny pop of capers, all served on toasted bread for a delightful bite.
Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese Bruschetta Ingredients
- Baguette – I use a traditional French baguette which has a neutral flavor that allows the toppings to shine. If desired, opt for a sourdough, whole wheat, or flavored baguette, such as garlic or herbed.
- Extra-virgin olive oil – For the best results, use high-quality extra-virgin olive oil.
- Kosher salt and black pepper – To elevate the flavors of the other ingredients.
- Log goat cheese and heavy cream – The addition of heavy cream lends a creamier and smoother texture to the goat cheese. Use fresh chèvre in its log form rather than in crumbled form.
- Roasted red peppers – Adds a delicious smoky, sweet and slightly charred flavor.
- Vegetable or canola oil – Used to lightly brown the capers.
- Capers – Provides a refreshing and zesty, lemon element.
- Lemon zest – The citrusy and tangy flavors complement the other ingredients.
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How to Make Goat Cheese Bruschetta
- Prepare and bake the bread – Brush olive oil lightly over one side of bread and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake until until lightly browned.
- Prepare the Capers – Fry the capers in a small skillet until lightly browned.
- Mix goat cheese and heavy – Until smooth and creamy.
- Assemble bruschetta – Slice the baguette diagonally into 1/2 inch slices, place goat cheese onto crostini; add red peppers, capers and lemon zest.
Goat Cheese Bruschetta Tips
Serve immediately – Bruschetta is best enjoyed fresh! Assemble and serve it immediately after topping the toasted bread with the goat cheese and other ingredients.
Use high-quality ingredients – Fresh goat cheese, herbs and lemons and high quality olive oil will enhance the taste and overall quality.
Goat Cheese Bruschetta Optional Ingredients
If you’re looking for a creative twist or addition to your Goat Cheese Bruschetta, here are few ideas. Keep in mind, any adjustments may alter the flavor and texture for better or worse!
Carnivore bruschetta – Adds some protein to your bruschetta with thinly sliced prosciutto or roast beef, bacon crumbles, grilled chicken, salami, pancetta or chorizo.
Underwater edibles – If you enjoy seafood try adding grilled shrimp, smoked salmon, crab meat, fresh or canned tuna, tinned fish such as anchovies or seared scallops.
Vegetarian additions – Add a burst of healthiness with sliced cherry tomatoes, caramelized onions, sliced avocado, arugula or baby spinach, sliced strawberries, grilled zucchini or eggplant, or sliced fig.
Spices and herbs – Enhance the flavor profile with fresh basil leaves, chives or rosemary, roasted garlic, smoked paprika or dried herbs like oregano, thyme, or Italian seasoning.
Bring the heat – If you enjoy a bit of heat, sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes or add thinly sliced jalapeño peppers.
Switch up the cheese – A few goat cheese substitutes with a similar texture and flavor profile include feta, cream cheese, ricotta, Boursin and quark cheese.
Dress it up – Drizzle a touch of balsamic glaze for added depth and sweetness. Add some pesto.
Whipped Goat Cheese – If desired you can flavor the goat cheese with ingredients such as herbs (thyme, oregano, basil, parsley, rosemary, chives, or dill), spices (salt, black pepper), olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, or honey. Simply mix the goat cheese with the flavorings.
I also have this delicious bruschetta recipe with Peaches, Lemon Ricotta and Honey.
- 1 baguette, sliced on the bias
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 5 oz. log goat cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
- 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1/2 capers
- Lemon zest
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Brush olive oil lightly over one side of bread. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes or so.
- Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a small skillet over med-high heat until shimmering. Pat capers dry with paper towels, add to skillet (they should be just covered with oil) and fry until lightly browned and they open like flowers, about 1-2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
- Mix goat cheese and heavy cream together until smooth and creamy.
- Assemble bruschetta: Slice the baguette diagonally into 1/2 inch slices, place a tablespoon of goat cheese onto crostini; add red peppers, capers and lemon zest.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 508mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.
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