Smoked Salmon and Chive Goat Cheese Toasts

Smoked Salmon and Chive Goat Cheese Toasts

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This is a masterpiece!  The goat cheese favors are so complimentary with lemon hints from the capers and an onion zip from the chive. Use any plain store bought goat cheese and you can claim it as your own; it feels dressed up and out on the town!

Foodie Note:  I never end up using an entire loaf of fresh artisan bread, so I cut it into large manageable pieces, throw them in a sealed bag and freeze.  Many times the end result is a freezer of odds and ends of good bread.  In the morning, remove a few pieces from the freezer and thaw on the counter.  It doesn’t matter if you have more than one type.  By evening you’ll be 10 minutes away from heaven (hot crusty bread)!
Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a light dinner with salad:

4 oz goat cheese (let it sit out of the fridge for 10-ish minutes to soften)
1 tablespoon chives (chopped)
2 teaspoons capers (minced)
Freshly ground pepper
4oz smoked salmon or lox
1/2 loaf fresh baguette or other artisan bread
1/4 cup olive oil
chopped chives for garnish

Heat oven to 350*F.  Slice bread into 1″ pieces and set on a cookie sheet.  Pour oil into a small bowl and use a pastry brush to lightly coat one side of bread with olive oil.  Bake for 10 minutes or until bread is lightly brown and crunchy.

In a bowl, add cheese, chives and capers.  Mash together using a fork.  Add pepper to taste.  

On the olive oil side, smear toasted bread with goat cheese, top with smoked salmon and garnish with chives.

(Don’t love smoked salmon?  Serve caper-chive goat cheese on toasted baguette.  Garnish with chive.)
  

Afterthoughts:

My two favorite ways to enjoy the caper & chive goat cheese thus far, is to crumble over eggs or smeared onto toast and topped with smoked fish.  The best part is that it’s so versatile!  Use on a sandwich, toss with pasta or eat right from the jar with crackers.