I am in favor of recipes that you can make ahead and leave in the fridge until needed. This recipe reminds me of those pinwheel tortilla appetizers that you buy in the freezer section of Sam’s Club. I would imagine you could come up with several variations of this and pack them for picnics.
Baguette about 14 inches long
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
4 oz. fresh goat cheese
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 c. finely chopped red bell pepper
1/2 c. finely chopped sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
1/4 c. finely chopped kalamata olives
2 oz. finely chopped spicy salami
2 T. minced Italian parsley
1 t. minced fresh thyme
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste (if needed)
1. Slice off both ends of the baguette. Using a long thin knife and working from the both ends, hollow the baguette out leaving about 1/2 inch thick crust all around.
2. Using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese until smooth and lump-free. Beat in the goat cheese and garlic. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
3. Working again from the both ends, fill the baguette with the cheese mixture. Pack the filling tight. Wrap the stuffed baguette very well in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. Right before serving, slice* the baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices and serve. (I left them in larger sections but the small ones work great for appetizers.)
*Hint: For the most neat looking slices, treat it as a cheesecake – each time slice it with a hot knife.