We tasted delicious crostini at the Ortigia market on Via Trento. A symphony of smoky-salty-tangy flavors with capers, sundried tomatoes, garlic & paprika, we vowed to make these delicious toasts once stateside. Serve with healthy Mediterranean veggies; artichoke hearts, peppers & olives for a crowd-pleasing antipasto. Enjoy with beer, cider or wine. 4-6 servings.

Simple Ingredients

  • 4-5 Fresh garlic gloves

  • 3-4 Tablespoon Villa Graziella Organic extra-virgin olive oil + extra for drizzling

  • 4-6 oz fresh goat cheese

  • 1 1/2 tsp Spanish paprika

  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes dried

  • 3-4 Tablespoons capers, packed in salt-rinsed & dried or in water drained & dried

  • 1/2 Crusty baguette bread

Easy Directions

  1. Remove goat cheese from refrigerator & allow warm to room temperature.

  2. Heat oven to 350F˚ degrees, place garlic cloves, unpeeled on a pan, drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the top, roast garlic until soft approx. 12-15 minutes.

  3. Remove, set aside & allow to cool.

  4. Cut bread into 1/3-inch slices, brush olive oil on both sides, place on parchment lined baking sheet.

  5. Toast bread until golden brown, remove from oven, set aside.

  6. Combine softened goat cheese & paprika in a bowl, mix thoroughly.

  7. Squeeze roasted garlic into mixture, add 1 tbsp of olive oil, paprika, season to taste & mix. Spread cheese mixture on each slice of bread.

  8. Arrange sun-dried tomatoes & capers onto each slice of bread.

  9. Drizzle with olive oil, transfer to serving plate.

  10. Serve & enjoy with Villa Graziella Organic Rosso or Bianco Toscano IGT

Helpful tips* Soak sundried tomatoes in warm water 15-30 minutes until soft, drain & pat dry. Keep liquid to boil pasta, add flavor to stocks or sauces.

Rinse capers of salt by soaking them in tepid water for 5-10 minutes. Gently rinse them in a sieve, repeat process several times & gently pat dry. Double the recipe & seal remaining cheese mixture in a covered container, will keep for 1 ½ weeks.

Adapted from

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