Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Episode: Lazy Days
Total:
45 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
15 min
Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 36 (1/2-inch-thick) slices baguette
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 11-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or Meyer lemon olive oil
  • Fresh herb sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Arrange the bread slices on 2 heavy baking sheets. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the bread slices. Bake until the crostini are pale golden and crisp, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir the herbs, lemon zest, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using about 2 teaspoons of cheese for each, form the goat cheese into 1-inch diameter balls. Roll the cheese balls in the herb mixture to coat completely. Arrange the cheese balls on a platter. Drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil over and around the cheese balls. Serve with the crostini. Garnish with herb sprigs.

The crostini and cheese balls can be prepared 1 day ahead. Store the crostini in an airtight container at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate the cheese balls.

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