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This began as a last minute appetizer made on the fly when we realized we were supposed to bring a dish to a party. It has ended up being the most requested appetizer I've made, and everyone always asks for the recipe. It is so easy, it feels a little ridiculous to take credit at a party.


  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 jar kalamata olives, pitted
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 loaf crusty Italian bread
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar


  • Slice bread thinly and layer on a cookie sheet lined with Reynold's parchment paper. Brush both sides lightly with oil and toast in a 350 degree oven until lightly browned (about 5 minutes). In a large bowl, combine tomatoes and olives, crushing together with a fork or your hands.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Tear in basil, add goat cheese, and finish
  • with a little vinegar and oil.
  • Toss to combine and spoon over toast.
  • * Extra topping goes great over pasta!

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