Baked Goat Cheese and Tomato Sauce Appetizer {Amish Family Recipes}

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There’s nothing that can compare to the taste of fresh, garden tomatoes. My mother grew up on a working dairy farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. One of the crops her family raised was tomatoes. She has many recipes for delicious tomato dishes, that make my mouth water, just thinking about them! Fresh-from-the-garden-tomato sandwiches, served on thick slices of homemade bread, and creamy tomato soup were two of my favorites.

Another one of the unforgettable ways she prepared tomatoes was a simple dish called “Tomato Sauce”, from the Mennonite Community Cookbook. I compare it to an Italian Marinara sauce. The cookbook suggests serving this sauce over fish, but our family used it as a topping for savory French Toast.

I decided to put my own twist on this recipe, and serve it in a way I knew my family and friends would enjoy, by combining the fresh flavors of tomato sauce with creamy goat cheese, served over French baguette slices, for an appetizer. The result was successful, and one of my daughter’s new favorites! We were able to share it with friends at a baby shower this weekend, and we all enjoyed the cheesy-tomato goodness.

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To make this appetizer, you will begin by washing the tomatoes. Place in a large bowl, then crush by hand. Add one cup of water.
Strain off and remove one cup of liquid, leaving remaining liquid with crushed tomatoes.

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In saucepan, combine crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, chopped onion, torn basil and celery leaves, cloves, sugar, salt and pepper(s). Place over medium heat.

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Heat olive oil in skillet, add flour and whisk together over medium heat. Add the cup of “tomato” liquid. Combine over heat until slightly thickened.

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Add this mixture to the saucepan with tomatoes. Stir.
Pour into shallow baking dish.
Slice goat cheese and place on top of tomato sauce.
Place under medium-high broiler for 10-12 minutes (or until slightly browned).
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Serve warm, with sliced French baguette or Crostinis.

Baked Goat Cheese and Tomato Sauce Appetizer {Amish Family Recipes}

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 5 cups tomato sauce, or 10 - 12 servings

1/2 cup

Baked Goat Cheese and Tomato Sauce Appetizer {Amish Family Recipes}

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of fresh, heirloom, roma or small, sweet tomatoes, crushed by hand, plus 1 cup water
  • 16 ounces strained tomatoes, or tomato puree
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped (optional)
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 - 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 cup Celery leaves, torn (optional)
  • 1/8 cup Basil leaves, torn
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, plus a sprinkle of capsicum pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 8 ounces soft goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Wash tomatoes, then crush by hand. Add one cup of water.
  2. Strain off and remove one cup of liquid, leaving remaining liquid with crushed tomatoes.
  3. In saucepan, combine crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, onion, basil, celery leaves, cloves, sugar, salt and pepper(s). Place over medium heat.
  4. Heat olive oil in skillet, add flour and whisk together over heat. Add the cup of "tomato" liquid. Combine over heat until slightly thickened.
  5. Add this mixture to the saucepan with tomatoes. Stir.
  6. Pour into shallow baking dish.
  7. Slice goat cheese and place on top of tomato sauce.
  8. Place under medium-high broiler for 10-12 minutes (or until slightly browned).
  9. Serve with sliced French baguette or Crostinis.

Notes

Recipe adapted from the Mennonite Community Cookbook, Herald Press "Tomato Sauce"

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