Friday, December 19, 2008

Crostini with Sun-Dried Tomato Jam

Cook Time: 45 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 to 6 servings


Sun-Dried Tomato Jam:

* 1 (8-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and
chopped, oil reserved
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup chicken broth
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


* 1 baguette, cut into 3/4-inch slices
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* Salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 5 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
* 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves


For the Sun-dried Tomato Jam:

Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped sun-dried
tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of the reserved sun-dried tomato oil, olive
oil, onion, and garlic. Stir and cook until the onions are soft and
beginning to brown at the edges, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the sugar,
vinegar, water, chicken broth, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring the
liquid to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, for 30
minutes. Remove the cover and continue simmering until most of the
liquid is reduced and the mixture is the consistency of jam, about 5
to 10 more minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

For the Crostini:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Place the baguette slices on the baking sheet. Using a pastry brush,
lightly coat the baguette slices with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt
and pepper. Bake until lightly toasted, about 8 minutes.

Place the soft goat cheese in a small bowl. Stir in the thyme.
To assemble:

Spread the crostini with Sun-Dried Tomato Jam and top with the goat
cheese and herb mixture. Transfer to a serving plate and serve.


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