For MOM: Goat Cheese with Tomato Basil Sauce

Kid ChefsJust this week I had the privilege of teaching 12 kid chefs (ages 9-12) how to cook a special lunch for their moms.  The menu included this terrifically easy and delicious appetizer.  Your kids can do the same!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Crostini with Goat Cheese Round in Tomato-Basil Sauce (serves 4)

4 ounces goat cheese

3/4 cup of your favorite jarred marinara sauce

6 leaves fresh basil

4 slices whole grain white bread

Olive oil

Shape goat cheese into a 3-inch round disc.  Place in the center of a shallow 6-inch microwavable bowl.  Pour sauce on top of each cheese.  Cover with a plate and microwave for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, until sauce is hot but the cheese holds its shape. *Prepare bread (instructions below).  When cheese/sauce is finished, remove from microwave and top with fresh basil (that you cut with kitchen shears into strips).  Serve immediately with toasted bread triangles.

*With a pastry brush, brush a small amount of oil on both sides of the 4 bread slices.  Place these in a toaster to brown lightly.  Remove and cut each slice diagonally into 4 triangles.

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