Herbed Olive Tapenade with Goat Cheese Bruschetta

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Here is an easy appetizer idea perfect for a relaxed evening with friends or something pretty to take to a party.  You can purchase store bought Olive Tampenade at Costco.  It is really good and could easily be substituted for the tampenade step in this recipe.   Note:  Tampenade is a Provençal dish consisting of finely chopped or pureed olives.  It’s a popular food in the south of France and perfect eaten on slices of bread.

I found the recipe on Pinterest and it’s pinned to my Appetizers board here.

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Ingredients:

I cup of chopped Kalmata olives (pitted)

1 cup of chopped Manzanilla olives

3 large cloves of garlic diced

3 TBL of chopped fresh oregano

3 large basil leaves chopped

salt and pepper to taste

3 TBL extra virgin olive oil

2 TBL red wine vinegar

1 fresh squeezed lemon

4 oz cream cheese softened

4 oz of goat cheese

1 baguette

Preheat oven to 350.  Slice baguette into 1/2 inch slices and butter each side with real butter.  Bake for about 10 minutes until golden, flipping half way through so they toast evenly on each side.

Mix the cream cheese and goat cheese together in a bowl and set aside.

Combine all of the tampenade ingredients (olives, garlic, herbs, seasoning, oil, vinegar, and lemon juice) in a small bowl.

Spread cheese mixture onto each baguette slice and place on a platter. Top each toast slice with a tsp (or more) of tampenade.  Chill or serve right away.  If you have more tampenade left over you can save it for another day or eat as a snack with pita chips.  It’s great served on top of grilled chicken or salmon, too.

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