This is a little appetizer I knocked out this past weekend, using leftover stuff I had in the fridge. I crumbled about a third of a cup of chevre (French soft goat cheese.) and put it into an ovenproof dish with a little fleur de sel and cracked peppercorn. I then took some fresh homemade tomato sauce and warmed it up in a little pot on the stove. I poured the pomodoro over the goat cheese and topped it with some minced fresh basil and about a tablespoon of finely grated parmesan cheese. Next I drizzled a couple of teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil over the “fondue”. Then I placed the dish on a sheet pan and heated it in a 400 degree oven for ten minutes. I then turned the broiler on and broiled it for another three minutes until it was browned and bubbling like hot lava.
|Easy and delicious! Pretty damn hot when it comes out of the oven. Don’t scorch the roof of your mouth!|
I served this with a leftover pizza crust that I cooked without sauce; I brushed it with olive oil and sprinkled it with a combination of cracked pepper, salt, minced rosemary, basil, and chives.
Okay, okay, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Well, shit, I don’t have homemade pizza dough just lying around the house! Never mind fresh homemade tomato sauce. What the hell does Spencer expect?”
Well, I expect that you can figure this out pretty easily. If you don’t have homemade pizza dough, buy a package from Trader Joe’s or Gelson’s or some other decent store. Cook according to package directions with the fresh herbs I mentioned. Or substitute some nice grilled ciabatta bread or baguette!
No fresh tomato sauce? Use a good jarred sauce like Rao’s or Mario Batali or Giorgio’s. No goat cheese? You can substitute grated mozzeralla or even Monterrey Jack, although you’ll have a much gooier result.
Use what you got, mess around, have fun! This was a cheap and easy little app that everyone enjoyed!