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Individual Goat Cheese and Date Tortas

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 2 tortas)
Prepare the components of this appetizer ahead, and assemble it at the last minute.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup arugula or baby spinach
  • 24 (1/4-inch-thick) slices French bread baguette, toasted (about 12 ounces)
  • 12 pecan halves, each cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons diced red bell pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 166
  • caloriesfromfat 34 %
  • fat 6.2 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 5.8 g
  • carbohydrate 22.5 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 7 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 302 mg
  • calcium 51 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine dates and cheese; set aside. Combine vinegar and next 6 ingredients (through garlic), stirring with a whisk. Add arugula to vinaigrette; toss gently to coat. Divide arugula mixture evenly over bread slices. Top each bread slice with 1 rounded tablespoon date mixture and 1 pecan half. Sprinkle red pepper evenly over bread slices. Serve immediately.