2 cups strawberries, hulled and diced
1 tbsp. sugar
1 French baguette, sliced on a bias (it doesn't have to be the demi kind, just fresh!)
goat cheese, or brie, or mascarpone
1 tbsp. olive oil
minced basil leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350, Combine the strawberries and sugar in a small bowl; toss to combine. Let the berries macerate for about 30 minutes so that they begin to release their juices. Spread a layer of one of the brie or goat cheese on top of each baguette slice. Place the baguettes with the cheese in the oven for 5-7 minutes, Top each slice with spoonfuls of the strawberry mixture. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top each slice with the basil leaves and cracked pepper, to taste.
This is absolutely wonderful for summer! It sounds odd but the flavors really work well together, I do hope you will try it.