My go-to for a last-minute appetizer is this easy bruschetta - it’s a delicious crowd pleaser that only takes 5 minutes (hands-on time) to whip up.
Roasted Honey Tomato Bruschetta
Rinse and half (lengthwise) one pint of cherry tomatoes, toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey to coat, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then roast in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes.
Slice a baguette into thin rounds, drizzle with olive oil, then toast under the broiler 1-2 minutes per side, till slightly browned.
Serve with a creamy, spreadable cheese like goat or ricotta. My favorite pairing is La Tur cheese – if you can find it at a specialty cheese shop, get it. It’s a heavenly combination of Italian goat, cow, and sheep’s milk cheese with a hint of salt and rennet. Very stinky and delicious.
Place the tomatoes in a bowl on top of a large wooden cutting board (with a small spoon for scooping), lay the cheese down next to that (with a spreader), and scatter the toasts around – a casual but attractive presentation, and guests will have fun gathering round to dig in.
I’ve served this at many a last-minute get together and it’s always a hit! I think it’s the honey…