Savor the taste of summer with strawberry crostini. It's an easy and elegant appetizer made with creamy goat cheese, sweet strawberries and tangy balsamic glaze. The combination of ingredients has the perfect balance of sweet and savory in one bite.
Whether you are hosting a dinner party or just looking for a quick and delicious snack or light lunch, these strawberry crostini are sure to impress. In just a few simple steps, you can create this beautiful crowd pleasing appetizer.
Why you will love this recipe
- It's an elegant and easy appetizer made with just a few fresh ingredients.
- Strawberry crostini is a delicious summer appetizer that is perfect for summer BBQs.
- Why you will love this recipe
- Here is what you will need
- How to make this strawberry goat cheese crostini recipe
- Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- How to store leftovers
- How to make strawberry goat cheese ahead of time
- Recipe variations
- Serving suggestions
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Here is what you will need
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- Small baguette
- Fresh strawberries
- Goat cheese
- Balsamic vinegar
- Fresh mint
- Garlic powder
- Cutting board
- Serrated knife
- Paring knife
- Small saucepan
How to make this strawberry goat cheese crostini recipe
Prepare the ingredients: Rinse and dry the strawberries and slice them into thin slices. Measure the goat cheese and chop the mint.
Step 1. Toast the bread
Slice the baguette into slices that are about ¾ to 1 inch slices. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and broil them for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until they are crispy and golden brown. Remove them from the oven and let them cool to room temperature.
Step 2. Make the glaze
While the bread is cooking, add ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan. Cook the vinegar over medium heat until it boils. Reduce to low heat and stir occasionally until it has reduce by ¼ and is the consistency of syrup.
Step 3. Assemble the crostini
Spread the goat cheese on top of the cool toasted bread, then top with strawberry slices.
Step 4. Drizzle with glaze
Use a teaspoon to add a drizzle of balsamic glaze onto the crostini and top with chopped fresh mint.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Strawberries - Fresh strawberries can be substituted with chopped fresh blueberries, raspberries or black berries.
If you prefer smaller pieces of strawberries, you can also chop strawberries and use them in your crostini.
Balsamic vinegar - Balsamic vinegar can be substituted with premade balsamic vinegar glaze.
Fresh mint - Fresh mint can be substituted with chopped fresh basil.
Goat cheese - Strawberry crostini also taste great with ricotta cheese, soft brie cheese or burrata cheese.
How to store leftovers
While strawberry crostini with goat cheese is best enjoyed fresh, leftovers an be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for no longer than 2 days.
Please note that the texture of the bread may become softer once it's been refrigerated.
How to make strawberry goat cheese ahead of time
One of the great things about strawberry crostini is that you can prepare many of the ingredients a few hours ahead of time which makes it perfect for entertaining.
You can easily slice the fresh strawberries and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the crostini.
The balsamic glaze can also be made ahead of time and stored at room temperature. Additionally you can chop the fresh mint and store is separately until you are ready to add it to the crostini.
Even the bread can be toasted up to a day ahead and stored at room temperature. allowing you to quickly assemble the crostini just before serving.
Dessert crostini - replace goat cheese with cream cheese or mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of honey on top. This sweet and creamy version will complement the strawberries and crispy bread.
Vegan strawberry crostini - Replace the cheese with mashed avocado and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Strawberry prosciutto crostini - Add a layer of thinly sliced prosciutto on top of the goat cheese a little bit of honey adds a nice touch to this variation.
Add nuts - Add a sprinkle of your favorite nuts to any of the variations such as walnuts, pecans, or pistachios.
No matter how you serve it, strawberry crostini is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many ways. It's perfect as an appetizer served on an appetizer platter or board with cucumber hummus bites and zucchini roll ups.
They are also a great addition to a light lunch board with mini sandwiches, deviled eggs, sliced veggies, and hummus.
- Use fresh strawberries rather than frozen ones, as frozen berries have a higher water content that can cause the bread to become soggy.
- Try using kitchen scissors instead of a knife to chop the mint.
- Save time and buy premade toasted baguette slices.
A French baguette is the best type of bread to use for crostini. It's sturdy with a crispy crust which makes it easy to toast or grill.
You can use dried herbs, however the flavor will not be the same. It's best to use fresh herbs which will compliment the fresh strawberries.
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- 16 slices baguette Sliced into 16 - 1 inch slices
- 12 Strawberries Sliced thin
- 6 tablespoons Goat Cheese
- 2-3 sprigs Fresh Mint
- ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
- Use a serrated knife to slice the baguette into slices that are about ¾ to one inch thick.
- Place the slice of bread onto a baking sheet and place them under the broiler for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until they are crispy and golden brown. Remove them from the oven an let them cool to room temperature.
- Make the balsamic glaze - place ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar into a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until it begins to boil. Reduce to low heat and stir occasionally until it has reduced by about one-quarter and is the consistency of syrup. Remove it from the heat.
- Arrange the toasted and cooled slices of bread on a flat surface and spread goat cheese on top of each slice. Top with strawberry slices.
- Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and sprinkle with chopped fresh mint.
- Slice the fresh strawberries and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the crostini.
- Make the glaze ahead of time and store it at room temperature.
- Chop the fresh mint and store it separately in the refrigerator.
- Toast the bread up to a day ahead and store it at room temperature.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used
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