I’ve never been a fancy person. I mean, for heavens sake, I openly admit that two of my favorite foods are Cheetos and Twinkies. I’d say that qualifies as simple tastes. I also like Liverwurst, pickled herring and ham and cheese sandwiches (those rare times I even eat sandwiches that aren’t hot and gooey) on smooshy white bread spread with butter. Not sure if I just qualified myself as having simple tastes or just never having progressed past age six in my eating habits. 😛
But I do prefer simple foods for the most part. I have the worlds worst appetite especially for a heavy woman and forget to eat half the time. Were it not for my husbands prodding, I would probably live on tea, yogurt and the occasional lean cuisine meal. Give me some cheese, some bread, (a bottle of wine and thou? sorry; tangent) fruit and I’ll be happy unless it’s one of those times when I have a craving for a 20 inch thick ribeye steak cooked to a perfect medium rare.
So what I’ve made today appeals to me a lot on both the simple level and the not too much level and I hope it does to you also. Like the post title says, it has a bit of fancy to it. This comes with goat cheese which unless one owns a goat and makes it oneself is fancy based on price alone if nothing else (thank God for finding it on sale!). But otherwise, this is a simple homey meal (or appetizer) that is fairly quick to throw together and yet fancy enough to serve to guests. That goat cheese thing does that. Makes people think it’s fancy when in reality goat cheese has been a source of food for many many centuries.
Give this a try. I think you’ll like it. 🙂 The creamy slightly salty cheese with the fresh Spinach and the sweet caramelized tomatoes all atop of piece of crusty French bread is pure Heaven.
Goat Cheese, Spinach & Oven Roasted Tomatoes Bruschetta
- 1 loaf French Baguette
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 1/2 pound oven roasted cherry or grape tomatoes (the store bought ones in oil are fine if you prefer)
- 1 6 ounce bag prewashed baby spinach leaves, stems removed and thoroughly dried
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil if roasting your tomatoes yourself
- If roasting the tomatoes yourself, preheat oven to 325. Slice the tomatoes in halves or quarters. Sprinkle with salt, pepper (and I also use McCormick Garlic/Onion Grill mix. It has nice pieces of both the onion and the garlic and adds both flavor and a wonderful aroma to the roasting tomatoes.) and drizzle with a good quality olive oil. Toss to coat the tomatoes well.
- Roast at 325 until the tomatoes are nicely caramelized and softened. You’re not trying for the texture of sun dried tomatoes here; just browned and soft.Â Let cool somewhat.
- Slice your baguette into thin slices. Toast if you prefer it crunchier. I heated mine up in the oven but didn’t toast it.Â Spread with the goat cheese and top with a spinach leaf or two and a little bit of the tomatoes.
- Eat and enjoy the simple things.
Fancy an simple are not mutually exclusive as this post shows LOL love a good
Me too Mike. I wanted that but wanted something different thus why these ingredients 🙂
Shiraz….yum! Bruschetta is a favorite of mine! Never done it with roasted tomatoes, sounds great!
Thanks Erin! I think the tomatoes were the best part, all brown and caramelized.
Thank you – I now know what I’m going to do with the goat cheese I have in my fridge…dinner this weekend! I’ll take the glass of shiraz too 🙂
Cool! I love when people actually USE my recipes lol. Please let me know how you like it.
My, my, my simply my. Look at you gettin all fancy on us! Your presentation is gorgeous.
I love these flavors together! And, there is nothing wrong with twinkies and cheetos!
Amen Eliot! Twinkies and Cheetos rock! 😀
What can I say Sandra? I have my moments 😛 And thank you my friend
I love simple meals with a glass of wine too! Especially on fridays… This looks great and delish!
Wow! These sound amazing. I love bruschetta!
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Thanks Kelsey! And me too 🙂
Me too Lindsey. Things like this are so much easier than a large meal but somehow seem more satisfying at times
Simple meals are some of the best. Great recipe.
Thanks Christine. I agree. Now if I could just get my husband and boys to agree rather than look at things like this and say “Ewwww; what’s THAT!?” 😛
Great recipe. I loved the part about unless one has a goat. So funny!
I paid 3.19 on SALE for 4 ounces of goat cheese. I’m gonna put a goat in my basement and go into business for myself 😀
rofl, too funny! congrats on top 9!
Thanks Kim 😛
This looks fabulous! I love goat cheese and crostini! Hubby would love this, too. He actually enjoys this sort of thing – although he still calls it “chick food”.
Your husband needs to come here and teach my boys and husband that chick food can be tasty 😛
This sounds really good, I bet I wouldn’t be able to stop eating these. You sounds like your appetite is very much like mine, except that I can’t stop eating all my baked goods 😉
Janet! I love things like this for a meal! This with a glass of wine and I am all set! Don’t you just love the flavor of roasted tomatoes? So sweet and savory. This bruschetta looks so pretty! : )
Where’s my glass at?! I could really have a few of those with a glass of chardonnay…. yummers!
I LOVE Cheetos! 🙂
Hmmm, how about Cheetos and a glass of chardonnay? Ok, maybe that’s pushing it huh? 😛
Thank you Anne. And aren’t things like these awesome!? And yes, I DO love the flavor of roasted tomatoes. And with the garlic in there, it was even better!
Sarah, a few years back I was the same way when I baked lol. Now, I barely touch the stuff for some reason. The Pumpkin Scones I posted the other day? I had two bites of one and that was it. Go figure.
Sounds delicious. I love anything with goat cheese and roasted tomatoes.
Cool! You should like this then Melissa! 🙂
Elegant, simple and tasty-that is just the way I like it. The roasted tomatoes are definitely the winning ingredient. I will take a few-with or without Chardonnay!
Tina, I tihnk I just want a bowl full of the roasted tomatoes hehe. I’m trying to think up excuses and recipes to make some more 😀
I love goat cheese! This looks like a perfect starter to an Italian themed meal 🙂
Thanks Val! And I hadn’t thought of that, but yeah, I suppose it could be. I hope you enjoy it if you try it! 🙂
Hi Kitchen Muse! Linda, right? Welcome to my blog. I hope you continue to enjoy it. 🙂 And yep, Lemon Curd is some awesome stuff for brightening things up… especially my spoon hehe
I love your post, it reinforces the name of your blog. Nothing wrong with twinkies in my opinion! But this bruschetta looks amazing. I would eat it even without the bread, I love the combination of flavors!
Hmmm, I never thought of that Cassie, but I suppose it does, doesn’t it? Cool! And nope; nothing wrong with Twinkies 😀 Twinkies are our friend hehe
I admit to the Cheetos thing too. I don’t have a goat, but a friend of mine raises them (he has 19). I’ve tried to get him to start milking them, but he said his make so little milk because they’re not “beefed up” at all. Anyhow, yes, your bruschetta is stunning; simple but very elegant.
I love when simple has a touch of fancy (and involves yummy veggies!)
This looks delicious! I love the flavor combo, goat cheese is soooo good! Great recipe.
Me too Tiffany! I hope you’ll try it.
Yay for Cheetos! Hmmm, beefed up goats. Contradiction of sorts there huh? 😛 I wonder what he meant?
this looks so elegant! i love it:) thank you for sharing this.
That looks really yummy…and what awesome presentation! 😀
Thanks so much Gen!! 🙂
You’re very welcome BBKD. Thank YOU for coming to my little bloggy world 🙂
Janet, anything smeared with goat cheese is my favorite! One of my favorite happy hour joints used to serve a similar appetizer and then took it off the menu and it made me so sad! Now I can just make it at home! 🙂
YAY!! I’m glad you will be able to enjoy a food you missed (well kind of) because of this.
I could not agree more, sometimes the “no frills” approach ends up better than things you try to spruce up! I love goat cheese, like unreal LOVE.
Maybe we both need to buy goats and go into business, Claire 😀
You’re speaking my language. Goat Cheese + Spinach with a good bread = amazing
Cool! Hope you’ll try it then FJ’s
Looks really really good and delicious..nice combo! Congrats on top 9!
Its lovely Janet, great as a finger food for small home parties.
Perhaps goat cheese filled Twinkies
I never thought of that Kitchen Noob! Pure genius!!! *grins*
Thanks Nava. 🙂
Thanks Sandra! I was honored to get top nine for these.
I am making bruschetta as I write this! This version with goat cheese looks great and the roasted tomatoes look delicious!
Bruschetta is awesome isn’t it Mercedes 🙂
I’m sitting here eating my bruschetta and loving every bite. I mixed feta cheese with cream cheese to get a better texture for my tastebuds.. Thank you for the recipe. Love your fancy style.
That sounds wonderful Helen!
Hooray for Goat Cheese, Spinach & Oven Roasted Tomatoes Bruschetta being in Today’s Top 9!
Thank Sandra! I guess I was lucky again 🙂
This looks divine! I love bruschetta; it always flies off the table at parties, and your version looks decadent and full of flavor!
Thanks Ashley! 🙂
I love the simplicity and deliciousness of bruschetta! It is always a crowd pleasing appetizer. Yours looks perfect 🙂
Thanks Sarah. And yes, me too. It’s such an easy yet tasty dish.
Congrats on Top 9 Jan! I love this dish… simple can often be delicious! When the ingredients are good and well paired like in this case, who need more complicated dishes?? My taste buds would be so happy if I could eat this bruschetta!
I’ve been craving bruschetta! The goat cheese makes it even better.
Thanks Tori! Hope you like it if you try it 🙂
Thanks Manu! Make your taste buds happy and make this 😀
Simple foods and simple ways of preparing them can really bring out the best flavours. My husband is always trying to goad me into adding a ton of extra things when I make pizza, but I prefer it with one or two toppings so the flavours really stand out.
These look so great!
Carolyn, I’m the same way usually. Sometimes I like a “garbage pizza” but generally speaking, mushrooms and sausage is my go to. Too much and it all blends into one. So yep; simple flavors 🙂
One of the great things about Italian foods is that is general they are very simple and allow all the flavors to shine. Bruschetta is probably one of the perfect foods and we love yours with the goat cheese and (YUM!) roasted tomatoes.
Thanks Cheryl. We liked it too 🙂
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