Make Ahead

Goat cheese crostini with Meyer lemon, green olive and fig relish

February 22, 2011
Author Notes

To think I had never bothered to use a Meyer lemon before this winter! Now I am quite convinced that anything with Meyer lemon in it is good (kind of like anything with bacon is good). I've become especially enamored of the combination of Meyer lemons with green olives, and daydreamed up this relish and crostini idea. I tried it out for dinner last night and it was phenomenal, so I had to share! —fiveandspice

  • Serves 8 or so
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup pitted and chopped green olives
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried figs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus a bit more for brushing bread
  • 1 good baguette
  • 6 ounces chevre, at room temperature
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl stir together the red onion with the vinegars and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the ends from the Meyer lemon, then cut it into small dice (including the peel). Discard any seeds. Add this to the onion.
  3. Stir a pinch of salt and the honey in with the lemon and onion. Then, stir in the chopped olives, figs, and parsley. Finally, stir in the olive oil. Refrigerate until you're ready to assemble the crostini.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350F. Cut the baguette on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Brush the slices lightly with olive oil, spread them on a baking sheet and bake until lightly browned and crusty, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool at least somewhat.
  5. Spread the toasted bread pieces with the chevre, then top each with a scoop of the relish. Put out on a platter and serve along with wine or cocktails.

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I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.