Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

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Strawberry and goat cheese crostini for the win!
strawberry and goat cheese crostini
Recently I made a last-minute plan to have a few people over. I wanted a snack, but not the usual chips and salsa. I looked in my fridge and found an unopened tube of goat cheese and a quart of strawberries. Because these days, there’s almost always a quart of strawberries in my fridge. I’m making alllll the strawberry things right now. And I’m not looking to stop any time soon.
strawberry and goat cheese crostini
I also had a ciabatta that I was going to use for something else, so that gave me an idea. Strawberries are usually desserts, or haphazardly throwing into some yogurt, but what about some sort of sweet and savory appetizer? One that is simple, but impressive. That’s what I was going for here, and I have to say, I nailed it.
strawberry and goat cheese crostini
There are much more elaborate ways to make something like this, but if you have good strawberries, this simple strawberry and goat cheese crostini couldn’t be better.
You’ll start by thinly slicing your bread, brushing it with olive oil and garlic powder and toasting it. If garlic sounds like a weird match for strawberries, well, you are wrong. Promise.
Once the bread is toasted, you’ll smear it with softened goat cheese. Add some strawberries, drizzle with balsamic vinegar (I just got an amazing one from Imperfect Foods — if you want to get $80 worth of free groceries, click here) and finish with coarse ground black pepper and coarse sea salt.  The coarse black pepper is a must here. Again, might sound weird, but it’s delicious.
These make a delicious appetizer, snack, or as in my case, lunch. This is best made with in season, sweet, juicy strawberries, so if you’re thinking about making this, get on it fast before it’s too late!
strawberry and goat cheese crostini

Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

These sweet and savory strawberry and goat cheese crostini are the perfect use of juicy in season strawberries. Perfect for snacks or parties.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 6
Calories 329 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 baguette or ciabatta thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 ounces goat cheese at room temperature
  • 1 quart strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Coarse sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Brush the bread slices with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder.
  • Lay on a baking sheet and bake for 6-7 minutes, until toasted.
  • Let cool slightly.
  • Spread the goat cheese on the bread slices, and top with sliced strawberries.
  • Drizzle with vinegar, and sprinkle with black pepper and coarse salt.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Storing leftovers: This is best made and served at the same time.
Pairs well with: Homemade Hot Honey, French Martini with a Twist

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 10gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 364mgPotassium: 312mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 312IUVitamin C: 93mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 3mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. View full nutrition disclousre.
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