Dazzle your holiday guests with this 5-star appetizer. It’s deceptively low-cost, a whiz to make, and vegetarian-friendly.
MAKES 24 CRACKERS
I love the concept of taking cheap ingredients you have in the house and turning them into fancy hors d’oeuvres. You could bring the price tag of this mousse down further by eliminating the mascarpone, but it’s so delicious, I suggest you eat any extra by the spoonful. Or in the summer, smear mascarpone on toast and top with a slice of garden fresh tomato. OMG!
8 ounces goat cheese
4 ounces mascarpone or cream cheese
One 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves roasted garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped chives, for garnish
Combine all ingredients in food processor, except chives, and mix until smooth, about one minute. Chill for 4 hours. Stir and add to pastry bag or plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe onto crackers or bruschetta. Garnish with chopped chives and serve.