A great appetizer. A great creamy dish that offers a lot of flexibility in the type of sauce you combine with the cheese.
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Growing up in Buffalo, as kids we would make pizza spread. We'd take some cheap bottled or canned pasta sauce, add shredded mozzarella, and just melt it in a sauce pan on the stove. Of course, it would be served on top of toasted white bread. At that time, I would add that good Buffalo pepperoni, not made from Buffalo meat but the hearty spicy pepperoni that is hard to find elsewhere, that comes in this big stick that you'd have to peel the casing off of to be able to eat it.
Oh, how times have changed. Now, I might add some veggie pepperoni if I feel the need for the spicy flavor and chewy texture that it adds. I also use a pasta sauce with natural flavor and minimal or no sugar. Read the labels, make sure sugar is down on the list of ingredients. I'm still searching for a great homemade marinara recipe and will keep you posted. If you happen to have one, please send it to me!! The goat cheese in today's recipe just instantly makes it a creamy rich comfort food appetizer. I like the crunchiness and chewiness of the ciabatta. If you can find a whole wheat one, all the better. Have fun transforming a childhood favorite into a healthier, tastier adult version. I did!
Tomato and roasted red pepper pasta sauce
1 Cup (16 tbs)
3 Tablespoon, chopped
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11 g16.7%
Saturated Fat 7 g35%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 29.8 mg9.9%
Sodium 255.7 mg10.7%
Total Carbohydrates 12 g3.9%
Dietary Fiber 0.83 g3.3%
Sugars 1.4 g
Protein 11 g21.2%
Vitamin A 16.1%
Vitamin C 11.6%
*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet
1. Cut a 5" piece of the ciabatta bread and slice it into two halves crosswise. The remaining loaf can be sliced into half inch slices.
2. Spray some extra virgin olive oil on the slices.
3. Spread the chopped garlic on to the slices of bread
4. Take a baking dish and put the tomato and roasted red pepper sauce (Marinara sauce) at the bottom. Then add two scoops of goat cheese over it and pour marinara sauce around the cheese, making sure not to cover the goat cheese.
5. Bake in the oven at 350 F for 25 minutes. In the last 10 minutes the bread slices can be put in the oven to get it toasted.
6. Drizzle the dip with avocado oil and serve it with the toasted garlic spread ciabatta bread.
What do you do for a quick and easy snack? Here is an all vegetarian recipe that matches the taste and hunger quotient very well. Watch the video and enjoy the nice dip with goat cheese in marinara sauce and toasted bread.