Author: Dax Phillips

Pecan Pie Ice Cream

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Mexican Creamed Corn

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Goat Cheese Crostini with Pickled Red Onion and Garlic Scape

Goat Cheese Crostini with Pickled Red Onion and Garlic Scape

If you have been following my recipes for the last couple of weeks, you probably came across one of my appetizers that I coined the smoked steak crostini. Everything about that appetizer, really, simply put, was pretty darn amazing. I do not say that because I made it, but it really was amazing. Another crostini I made for a party we attended was a goat cheese, Mexican pickled red onion, and garlic scape crostini.

Crostini with Goat Cheese, Garlic Scapes, and Mexican Pickled Onions

Why I came up with this recipe was because of my recent Saturday morning visit to the New Berlin Farmers Market. There is a farmer there that I have been chatting with and buying all sorts of fresh vegetables. There was one item on the table that caught my attention, and that was garlic scapes. First, I was blown away because I have never encountered a garlic scape before and after talking with the farmer, I realized that garlic scapes are basically the shoots that a garlic bulb makes while growing. Almost what an onion would do. I was not only intrigued by the funky twists and twirls that the garlic scape consisted of, but also the fragrance and taste. It was as though I had my hands on a mild garlic green onion thing, and that excited me.

Garlic Scapes

This recipe introduced that flavor of mild garlic and green onion, and when topped on this crostini, really made this appetizer stand out.

Lets get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 French baguette, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 cup of goat cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of Mexican pickled onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of garlic scapes, green tender parts, thinly sliced

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Brush olive oil onto the top of each sliced baguette and place onto a large baking sheet.

Place into the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until they are a light golden brown. Remove and let cool.

Spread the goat cheese on the top of each crostini, making a thin base. If you have extra goat cheese, add more to each crostini.

Next, top with pickled red onions and sprinkle garlic scapes on top of each crostini.

That’s it. Plate and serve.

What you end up is a perfect bite that has the creaminess of the goat cheese, the tang of the Mexican pickled onions, and the great mild garlic taste of the scapes. Just a perfect bite and a great appetizer. Hope you enjoy.

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Smores Ice Cream

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Smoked Steak Crostini

Smoked Steak Crostini

Last week we attended our first wine tasting in town. I am not sure if I was more excited to taste a variety of Sonoma red wines, or be able to sample really great cheeses that the guests would be bringing. I later found out it was both! As I pondered what to make for an appetizer, I quickly knew how much I loved blue cheese and beef. That pairing alone brings me down to one knee, crippling me in the intense flavor. It could be one of my favorite flavor combinations. As I figured blue cheese would go well with one of the red wines, I also wanted to add a bit more to an appetizer, and therefore shocking guests in the robustness of the thinly sliced smoked steak.

Steak Crostini Recipe

If you are looking for a real crowd pleaser, try this crostini out. It costs a bit of money but it is a really decadent appetizer, and one that everyone was raging over.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients: [Print this Recipe]

  • 1 rustic baguette, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lb New York Strip, smoked, cooked medium
  • 1/2 cup of Cambozola Blue Cheese, room temperature (Cambozola is like a blue brie)
  • 1/2 cup of spinach leaves, optional
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of Cherry wood chips, soaked in water for at least one hour

Begin by seasoning your steak on both sides, generously, with salt and pepper. Let the steak sit at room temperature as you heat up your grill. Lately I have only been working with charcoal as I think the flavor adds a bit more flavor to the grill. So however you are grilling, whether it be charcoal or gas, get the grill to a medium to high heat to get a nice sear on the steak. Sear the steak on one side, cooking for about three minutes, then flip, add in the soaked wood chips, cover, and cook an additional four minutes. You are looking for about 140 degrees for the steak. When you have reached that temp, I typically use my finger to check doneness by pressing on the steak. A meat thermometer can be dangerous as it will let out all of those delicious juices.

When the steak is done, remove from the grill, place on a plate, tent with some aluminum foil, and let it REST for about 20 minutes.

During the rest time, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Brush olive oil onto the top of each sliced baguette and place onto a large baking sheet.

Place into the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until they are a light golden brown.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Rub the garlic clove onto each crostini and sprinkle just a pinch of salt and pepper onto each one.

Take your blue cheese and add a bit to each crostini.

Steak Crostini Recipe

Slice your steak very thinly, across the grain. Try a piece and promise to wait to each another piece before serving your guests.

Add a slice of steak on top of each cheese covered crostini. Top with a spinach leaf. Serve.

I cannot tell you how the reaction was when I served these. Everyone love them. People were eating four or five of them, and seeing that there was plenty more to eat, that was a positive thing! So try these out for your next party and I guarantee everyone will be talking about them. Enjoy.