Roasted Red Pepper Tartines

Tartines are the French version of an open-faced sandwich.  They start with a slice of good rustic bread that is either toasted or not, and then topped with a variety of meat, cheese, vegetables and herbs. 

Tartines are a great appetizer, as they can be assembled at the last minute without much fuss.  Depending on the size of the bread slices, you can slice then diagonally into 2-3 servings per slice of bread.  Great last minute appetizer.  Serve with your favorite wine and presto you have a simple and classic appetizer, sure to impress your guests!


Yield: Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

6 slices good country bread

¼ cup olive oil

4 ounces goat cheese

1 cup of roasted red pepper strips

2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place the slices of bread on a rimmed baking sheet.  Brush them with olive oil and bake for approximately 5 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and turn slices over and brush with remaining olive oil.  Return to oven and continue baking for about 3 minutes.  Remove from oven and transfer to a serving platter.

When bread has cooled, spread goat cheese on one side of the bread.  Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.  Top with one or two strips of roasted red pepper.  Sprinkle fresh oregano on top.  Cut each bread slice into thirds and serve immediately.  If preparing in advance, store the bread in an airtight container and the other ingredients in the refrigerator.  Assemble and serve.