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Herbed Coated Goat Cheese Balls

3 tablespoons olive oil
36 slices baguette (0.5 inch thick)
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley (flat leaf)
2 12 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon coarsely cracked fresh black pepper
14 teaspoon salt
1 (11 ounce) log soft fresh goat cheese
1 12 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or 1 12 tablespoons meyer lemon olive oil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange bread slices on 2 heavy baking sheets. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the bread. Bake until crostini are pale golden and crisp, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, stir herbs, lemon zest, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using about 2 teaspoons of cheese for each, form the goat cheese into 1" balls. Roll cheese balls in the herb mixture to coat completely. Arrange balls on a platter. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over and around the cheese balls. Serve with crostini. Garnish with herb sprigs. Can prepare crostini and cheese balls 1 day ahead. Store crostini in air tight container at room temperature. COver and refrigerate cheese balls.

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