Goat Cheese Toasts with Arugula

Why: 
Olive oil is rich in polyphenols, a group of chemicals that may protect against Alzheimer's.
Recipe Tip: 
These elegant toasts taste best if you purchase fresh basil leaves and good quality goat cheese. Be sure to cut the bread into roughly 1 inch slices and toast until nicely browned. Serve warm.
Serves 4
Goat Cheese Toasts with Arugula
Ingredients: 
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of olive oil, divided
  • 4 thick slices of crusty bread
  • 1 garlic clove, cut lengthwise in half
  • 6 oz of goat cheese cut into ¾ inch slices
  • 5 cups of arugula
  • Juice from one small lemon
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Pitted olives (optional)
Preparation: 
  1. In a mortar and pestle, mash the basil together with ¼ cup olive oil to make a watery paste. Set aside for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Rub each slice of bread with the cut side of the garlic clove and place the bread on a baking pan. Top with goat cheese slices and bake for roughly 8-10 minutes, or until toasted. Remove from oven and top each piece with the basil sauce.
  4. Whisk together the lemon juice, remaining ¼ cup olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss the arugula with the dressing.
  5. To serve, place arugula on a plate and top with the goat cheese toasts and basil sauce.
  6. Scatter pitted olives on the plate if desired.
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