Bachelorette Party Bite with Strawberries, Kalamata Olives and Vodka

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 1 dozen bites
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Ingredients

1 small French baguette

Olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

10 ripe strawberries, stems removed

6 ounces fresh goat cheese, at room temperature

1 teaspoon honey, divided, plus more for drizzling

1/2 red onion, finely diced

1/2 cup dried figs, diced

1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons fresh basil, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup vodka

1 orange, juiced

2 tablespoons olive oil

12 sprigs fresh frisee lettuce

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Slice the bread into 12 (1/4-inch) rounds. Brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt, and pepper, to taste. Bake the bread at 350 degrees F until crisp and starting to brown. Reserve. 
  3. Chop the strawberries finely, and mix with the goat cheese in a bowl. Season with 1/2 teaspoon honey, and salt, and pepper, to taste. 
  4. In a bowl combine the onions, figs, olives, and basil. Season the mixture with salt, and pepper, to taste. Drizzle with vinegar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon honey and toss to combine. 
  5. In a small sauce pan, heat the vodka over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Cook until the vodka is reduced to about 1 teaspoon. Stir in the orange juice and remove from the heat immediately. Drizzle in a touch of honey and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. Toss the frisee in the dressing. 
  6. To assemble: Take a crostini and smear a touch of the strawberry-goat cheese mixture on top. Build up some of the olive relish on top of that and garnish each crostini with a little dressed frisee lettuce.

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