Strawberry Basil & Goat Cheese Crostini
An elegant and simple appetizer to serve or to bring to any party!
A crostini is a small piece of toasted bread that is best served with toppings. You can really do any toppings for this crostini, but my favorite is with this strawberry basil and goat cheese.
This recipe is similar to bruschetta given the tomatoes, basil, and garlic. However, instead of your regular bruschetta, I’ve added a twist with the strawberries, goat cheese, and balsamic glaze. The tartness in the goat cheese pairs really well with the sweetness of strawberries. What really takes this crostini to the next level is rubbing the toasted bread with garlic. All you have to do is simply cut a garlic clove in half and gently rub the cut side of the garlic clove over the toasted bread. What a game changer!
Strawberry basil & goat cheese crostinis make the perfect appetizer for any party or occasion! Whether it’s for a romantic Valentine’s dinner, a picnic, or a small get together, know that these crostinis won’t take much of your time but will still impress!
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1 whole grain bread (or baguette)
4 oz goat cheese (softened)
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh basil (chiffonade)
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or honey)
extra virgin olive oil (for cooking)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice your bread and place them on a baking sheet. Spray or brush both sides of bread with olive oil.
Bake the bread for 12-15 minutes until golden brown, flipping the bread slices halfway through to ensure both sides are toasted evenly.
While bread is baking, in a small bowl, combine chopped strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and basil to olive oil, maple syrup, and salt and pepper until fully combined. Taste the mixture to make sure the desired full flavor is there.
Once the bread has slightly cooled, gently rub garlic cloves on each slice.
Spread softened goat cheese on each slice and top with the strawberry basil mixture.
Drizzle balsamic glaze on top and enjoy!
I like using this balsamic glaze brand but you can get this at any grocery store in the condiment/vinegar section!