Prepare the components of this appetizer ahead, and assemble it at the last minute.
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
How to Make It
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.