These toasts are kind of amazing and I love that although they’re very simple, there was a process and a bit of a story to go along with the recipe! As we wandered through Borough Market on Christmas Eve, trying to figure out what to have for our holiday dinner, we really wanted to try the fresh cheese. The only cheese that suited all of our senses was the goat cheese. No problem there! Next, I had to figure out how to enjoy the fresh goat cheese. I’m a big fan of goat cheese toast (this red pepper toast is absolutely my favorite), so after we bought the highly-recommended candied walnut loaf of bread, I set out to find some tasty toppings and add-ons…
The idea of date and goat cheese toast is from my dear friend and photographer Karen who always has fresh baked bread on her counter! I snatched up the necessary ingredients as well as a lemon to zest into the cheese. As dinner cooked in our flat, I prepared these toasts. Looking through the sparsely-outfitted kitchen, I found finishing salt and knew it would counter the sweetness of the dates perfectly. The toasts were so easy and delicious, I wanted to share them here, but in the meantime, I’d thought about replacing the lemon zest with orange zest. Y’ALL. Does everybody know about the amazingness of dates and orange together except me? The tartness of the orange balances the sweetness of the dates like peanut butter and jelly. It. is. so. good. I’m trying to think of another recipe with the two ingredients – it’s that good. In the meantime, these toasts have gone down all too easily at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time!
DATE + GOAT CHEESE TOASTS
- 3.5 oz. goat cheese
- 2 Tablespoon plain yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest plus more to top
- 4 dates, pitted and sliced lengthwise
- finishing salt
- fresh bread, toasted or plain
- If toasting bread, toast bread. Once toasted, remove to wire rack to cool and prevent moisture from making them soggy.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine goat cheese, yogurt, and orange zest.
- Top each toast with a heaping tablespoon of goat cheese mixture.
- Divide date slices among toasts.
- Sprinkle with finishing salt and orange zest.
Cheese can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve.
Recipe by Luci Petlack, Luci's Morsels