Vanessa Chang
(A Glutton with Brains)


a glutton with brains

Goat Cheese & Chive Crostini


Consider this a party favor.

Sofia served these elegant looking things before dinner. About the size of a communion wafer -- though far more appetizing and secular -- they're versatile and flexible. Make it ahead of time. Make it as your talk with your guests in the kitchen. Make enough for four people (three crackers per person for rational people. Five for greedy little bitches like me). Or make enough for 12. The trick is a light seasoning of goat cheese and a base of rice crackers instead of the traditional wheat. You get brittle crunch and a clean finish. And, yes, those are flowers you see on them — they’re chive blossoms. They and other herb blossoms tend to echo the flavors of their respective herb – all of which grow happily in Sofia & Kenvin’s garden.

A bit of fresh goat cheese (chèvre, boucheron, etc.) * Salt and pepper to taste * A drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil * Fresh chives (or any fresh herb, really) * Rice cracker rounds (gluten-free!)

Mash up the cheese, salt, pepper and olive oil until well combined. Spread these onto your crackers and top with fresh herbs of choice. Serve with something bubbly. Sofia serves them with — what else — Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blanc.