Crunchy toasted bread paired with a blend of honey and goat cheese is the perfect match for seasonal fresh fruit. Easiest appetizer ever.
Here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ I made the other weekend when friends came to visit. Earlier that week, I spotted a recipe on Delish.com for Strawberry Bruschetta. It called out to me. It was exactly the simple recipe I wanted for snacking pre-dinner. Knowing my friends (and let’s be serious, myself)– I added creamy goat cheese and sweet honey.
Let’s just say we binged on this for nearly an hour straight.
- So much texture.
- So much flavor.
- Must stop eating.
- Can’t stop eating.
I feel silly even calling this a recipe because it is, as the title suggests, the easiest appetizer. If you’re entertaining this summer, let this recipe take some work off your hands. The amount of praise coming from such a simple recipe made me giggle. “Little do they know!
To get things started, pick up some fresh fruit. I used strawberries, blackberries, and peaches. Each are especially juicy this time of year. Raspberries or blueberries are perfect for summer too. Or for a fall treat, try sliced apple, fig, or pear! Use a mix of your seasonal favorites or concentrate on only one fruit. I liked serving a variety.
For the bread, I used both a whole wheat baguette and a simple white baguette. Having both whole wheat and white varieties gave guests more options to try.
My #1 tip? Toast the bread slices! This not only gives them a pleasant crunch, but allows the goat cheese to spread on easier since the bread is warm. And PS: that’s the only time you’ll turn on the oven for this recipe. Yeeeeeah baby.
Toasted bread with various toppings = crostini. Or “little toasts” in Italian. Did you know I studied in Italy? Venice, Florence, and Rome. I need to go back.
Use a creamy goat cheese. Mix the goat cheese with a little honey, which not only makes it easier to spread but sort of tastes elegant. Feel even fancier by serving this with champagne or sangria. Or champagne sangria!! Yes.
Top with your fruits and finish with a drizzle of honey.
There is one variety of crostini that I prepared a little differently. To make Strawberry Balsamic Crostini, I topped the little toasts with the honey goat cheese spread. Then, added sliced strawberry, a drizzle of balsamic reduction, and a little chopped fresh basil. Now if that doesn’t scream summer (summer!), I don’t know what does.
Crunchy, tangy, and sweet. The honey is KEY to its flavor!
Try not to eat them all before your guests arrive.