When planning this for a party, you can slice the bread in advance and store in a zip top container to keep fresh. You will also want to make the balsamic drizzle ahead of time. This can easily be stored in a squeeze bottle in your refrigerator. Just before you are ready to serve, spread the cheese on the bread slices, broil, then drizzle with the balsamic. These can easily be served warm or at room temperature - perfect for a party!
Lemon Rosemary Goat Cheese Crostini with Aged Balsamic Drizzle
Serves 6-8 as appetizer
11 oz. log of goat cheese
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
Peel of 1 lemon
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¾ cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
Place the log of goat cheese in a narrow pan...a loaf pan is perfect for this. Add rosemary, salt, black peppercorns, and lemon peel. Pour olive oil over goat cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight, periodically spooning more olive oil over the goat cheese.
You can also break up the goat cheese into large pieces so that more of it can marinate in the olive oil. Note that the goat cheese will not absorb all of the oil.
To make the balsamic drizzle, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add aged balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, stir to combine. Watch the pan constantly and stir frequently until the vinegar reduces by about half. This will take 15-20 minutes. Once reduced, let cool and pour into squeeze bottle.
Just before serving, preheat oven to broil. To each slice of baguette, spread a generous amount of goat cheese and place on a baking sheet. Spoon a small amount of the marinated olive oil to each slice. As you start to spread the cheese, it will start to break apart in the marinating dish. Goat cheese can be very crumbly! It's OK - just keep scooping it up, along with the oil, with your spreader.
Broil until cheese is bubbly and toasts are golden, about 5-7 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Using squeeze bottle (or spoon) to drizzle balsamic glaze over each baguette slice. Serve. Store any remaining balsamic glaze in refrigerator.