This is really more of a summer toast but I couldn’t wait three more months. This is super delicious and comes together in just a few minutes.
makes 2 servings
4 slices thick cut Italian bread
2.5oz fig goat cheese*
5 medium strawberries
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 mint leaves
Set your oven to broil. Lay your four slices of bread on a foil lined baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil. Wash, hull and thinly slice the strawberries, chiffonade** the mint leaves and if necessary, mix the fig goat cheese. In a very small saucepan over medium heat simmer the balsamic vinegar for 1 to 2 minutes to slightly reduce. Set all the toppings aside.
Toast the bread under the broiler for 30 to 60 seconds, keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn. Remove from the oven, flip each slice and brush the other side with olive oil. Spread each toast with a thick layer of fig goat cheese and arrange the sliced strawberries on top. Return to the oven for 1 to 2 minutes, again keeping a close eye on it. Once the cheese and strawberries have softened, remove from the oven. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction and garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy!
*None of the stores around here have had fig goat cheese for months, so I made my own by mixing 2 oz of plain goat cheese with one tablespoon of fig jam and half a teaspoon of honey.
**To chiffonade the mint leaves simply stock the leaves roll them up together and slice.