Black & white has and will always be an elegant color combination.  While these black olive tampenade and goat cheese crostinis are not a sweet treat (like the giant black & white frosted cookies that theses crostini are reminiscent of), it does make a great appetizer that is deliciously simple, elegant and easy to eat.  Serve these as part of a tapas theme cocktail party or as an appetizer.


Savory Black & White Cookies

a.k.a. crostini with black olive tapenade & goat cheese


1 loaf baguette (white or whole wheat), sliced into ½ inch rounds

6oz goat cheese, softened

6oz jar of black olive tapenade (or homemade)

extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled


1.       Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Slice baguette into rounds and place the rounds in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Drizzle or brush olive oil onto the top of each piece of bread.  Baked on a rack in the middle of the oven until golden brown and slightly crispy (about 8 minutes).  Remove from the oven and rub the garlic clove on the oiled side each round.  Cool to room temperature.  The step can be done up to a week in advance.


2.       Using a small butter knife to spread goat cheese onto half of each crostini.  Spread tapenade onto the other half.  Serve at room temperature.