We enjoyed the loveliest appetizer at a local pizzeria just outside of Madison, in Sun Prairie to be exact. I was so pleasantly surprised at what this place was doing with fresh, local ingredients. This is my re-creation of their strawberry, pea and goat cheese starter; I’m missing the fresh peas, but it’s really pretty yummy without them.
The strawberries soften just a bit and then melt in your mouth while the black pepper adds touch of earthy spice. Don’t be afraid of how lemony the crostini is; once you add a little goat cheese and a roasted strawberry you will taste the heavenly flavor combination. There wasn’t a lick left when were done with this.
I will definitely make this again; next time I’ll probably do it on the grill in a little cast iron skillet. The smokey addition will meld in nicely. And if you are looking for a place in Sun Prairie that’s doing great things with local fare, stop into Salvatore’s, they really do a nice job (thanks Brian and Cindy for introducing us to this great place!)~
Fat and Happy Tips and Techniques:
Strawberries are always #1 on the Dirty Dozen (the dirtiest fruit); this is the time to spend the money on organic.
Roasted Strawberries and Goat Cheese with Lemon Crostini
6 oz goat cheese
5-10 fresh organic strawberries
2 sprigs fresh thyme
3 tbls olive oil
1/2 loaf bread
This is a loose recipe, don’t over think the amounts; they are there just for guidance.
Preheat the oven (or grill) to 400 degrees. Place the goat cheese in an oven/grill proof dish, one that is just a bit bigger than the roll of cheese. Add fresh strawberries, a drizzle of olive oil and the fresh thyme sprig. Grind a little black pepper over the top, just about 2 or 3 turns of the grinder. Place the dish in the oven/grill and let roast.
In the meantime, cut slices of bread. Zest and juice the lemon, mix with the remaining olive oil. Use a brush, brush the mixture onto the bread slices.
Turn the oven to broil, place the bread slices under the broiler (or set on the grill) until toasty. Remove the toast and the cheese from the oven. Serve while warm.