Easiest Appetizer: Goat Cheese, Honey, & Fruit Crostini.

Crunchy toasted bread paired with a blend of honey and goat cheese is the perfect match for seasonal fresh fruit. Easiest appetizer ever.

Goat Cheese & Fruit Crostini makes for the easiest appetizer ever. And everyone LOVED these.

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.

Goat Cheese & Fruit Crostini makes for the easiest appetizer ever. And everyone LOVED these.

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! Muhahaha.” (My evil laugh.)

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.

Blackberries

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.

Goat Cheese & Fruit Crostini makes for the easiest appetizer ever. And everyone LOVED these.

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.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini with Balsamic Reduction

Crunchy, tangy, and sweet. The honey is KEY to its flavor!

Goat Cheese & Fruit Crostini makes for the easiest appetizer ever. And everyone LOVED these.

Try not to eat them all before your guests arrive.

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Goat Cheese, Honey, & Fruit Crostini

Crunchy toasted bread paired with a blend of honey and goat cheese is the perfect match for seasonal fresh fruit. Easiest appetizer ever.

Ingredients:

  • 1 French baguette (18 inches), cut into 3/4-inch slices
  • 8 ounces creamy goat cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup sliced fruit (strawberries, blackberries, peaches)

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Place bread slices on a baking sheet. Bake 10 -12 minutes or until lightly toasted. (This is the ONLY cooking you'll do! Woohoo!)
  2. Meanwhile, mix the goat cheese and honey together until relatively smooth. If it's a little crumbly, that's ok. Spread the goat cheese mixture on the toasted bread. Top with fruit.
  3. Before serving, drizzle each crostini with honey. Keep leftovers covered tightly in the refrigerator for a couple days.
  4. Make ahead tip: Prepare recipe through step 2, only do not top with fruit. Cover the goat cheese-topped bread slices tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 day or for up to 8-10 hours at room temperature. Then top with fruit and honey. So, prep in the morning and finish in the evening! So easy.

Recipe Notes:

If you want to make the Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta pictured and described in this post, follow the recipe above as written, using sliced strawberries as the fruit topper. Chop fresh basil and sprinkle on top of each. Drizzle with balsamic reduction (here's an easy way to make balsamic reduction) and serve.

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Use both strawberries and blueberries for a festive, patriotic appetizer on the 4th of July! Which is already next weekend? What the heck?

Goat Cheese & Fruit Crostini makes for the easiest appetizer ever. And everyone LOVED these.

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  1. Diane Baker on June 24, 2015 at 12:09 am

    This sounds wonderful. My daughter’s birthday is 7-2, so we always end up with a 4th of July themed party for her. This sounds like a great item to have available – especially because this year it’s going to be hot for the 4th! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sharon on June 24, 2015 at 4:12 am

    My daughter would love these. x

  3. Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) on June 24, 2015 at 4:27 am

    quick appetizers are so great- everyone can devour faster then! (:

  4. [email protected] on June 24, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I love easy appetizers because when we have people over it’s usually a last minute thing and I’m always rushing to put something together. That’s why these are perfect and I love each fruit idea. So YUMMMM!

  5. Mir on June 24, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Seriously, I could eat crostini with goat cheese all summer long. It’s so perfect when you don’t feel like cooking at it’s a bazillion degrees out. 

  6. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop on June 24, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Mmmm….my kind of appetizer!  Easy, beautiful and delicious!  Perfect!!!

  7. Sam @ SugarSpunRun on June 24, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I love how easy these are Sally!  They sound quite elegant 🙂

  8. Hayley on June 24, 2015 at 9:55 am

    This is definitely going to be a great summer appetizer for me! Goat cheese is one of my favourite things ever 🙂 and so is bread and berries of course. Can’t wait to make this sometime Sally; really loving some of these savoury posts you’ve been doing lately! 

  9. Jackie Butts on June 24, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I love the ease and the versatility of this. I am also picturing topping the goat cheese with some small chunks of roasted veggies (beets, butternut squash etc.) in the fall…you could go with the honey in the cheese, or add herbs or just drizzle on a balsamic reduction. I love “recipes” like this. Thanks for the idea!

  10. Leah @ Grain Changer on June 24, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Sometimes the simplest things are simply the BEST!!! I just made a spin on strawberry bruschetta the other day and ohhhh my goodness! LOVE your idea for all of the other fruits with goat cheese and HONEY! Such a perfect summer app.

  11. Alexis @ Upside Down Pear on June 24, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I can definitely picture myself making this for a summer evening and having my boyfriend be like…where’s the meal. Ahahah this is the meal 😛 (I love evil laughs). I’d eat so many of these “little toasts”. I love the fact that you studied in Italy! I haven’t yet had the change to get to Europe, but I’m going to make it one day. Just made myself some white sangria, now I just need to make these 🙂

    • Sally on June 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

      The perfect pairing for white sangria. Seriously.

  12. Nadia on June 24, 2015 at 11:04 am

    These look spectacular!  I have made toasts topped with goat cheese whipped with honey and freshly cracked black pepper, but never thought to double down on the sweetness with fresh fruit, brilliant!  I highly recommend the black pepper by the way, it adds just the right amount of spice.

    Another wonderful recipe Sally, the pictures make me want to run to the store in my PJ’s to buy some goat cheese!   

    • Sally on June 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Definitely adding pepper next time– great suggestion Nadia!

  13. Meg @ Pinch of Nutmeg on June 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    My family is a huge lover of bruschetta and we have it almost every time we get together. We happen to be doing so next week and this fruit crostini will be the perfect summer twist! I know everyone will love it. 

    • Sally on June 25, 2015 at 7:00 am

      Enjoy, Meg!

  14. Laur on June 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I just bought my candy thermometer last weekend, so July means one step closer to candy cookbook! WOO! I want to make this with peach slices really bad. I could make this my dinner easily.

    • Sally on June 25, 2015 at 7:00 am

      Ahhhh!!! So happy you bought one Laur. It will be very handy this fall and holiday season!

  15. Jessica on June 24, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I just have to say I love your photography! I just started a recipe blog and only recently started learning photography. I hope one day my food photography will look as good as yours. Stunning!

    • Sally on June 25, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Thank you so much for the compliment. My advice? Practice, practice, and more practice! Here are two more posts I’ve written on photography if you’re interested!

  16. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life on June 24, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    These photos are gorgeous as always Sally! And you must throw the most delicious cocktail gatherings! Or any gathering for that matter 🙂
    I love that these are so adaptable to the season too! We are in the grip of winter here (although nothing like your northern winters!) and these little crostini would be perfect with slices of fresh apple or poached pear – and perhaps some hot toddies on the side 🙂
    Thanks for sharing these easy and delicious appetiser! 

    • Sally on June 25, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Yes! I cannot wait to try these with apple or pear when the weather is cold here!

  17. Elle @ Only Taste Matters on June 24, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Love it! And those photos…food porn at its finest. Pinned!

  18. Jessie @ Chasing Belle on June 25, 2015 at 1:00 am

    I am all about fruit in every meal this summer and love when it is featured in fun and easy apps like this one

  19. Sarah on June 25, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Oooh, I love goat cheese, but goat cheese and fruit – now we are talking!

  20. Alyssa on June 25, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Sally, I love all of your recipes! Something new that you may wanna try is possibly making homemade yogurt? It seems quite simple, and I bet you could add a lot of flair!

    • Sally on June 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Alyssa, I love getting recipe recommendations from readers! I’ve never attempted homemade yogurt. You’re right, it does seem pretty simple. Maybe one day!

  21. Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen on June 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Oh-em-gee how cute are these?! I lovveeee goat cheese. These seriously look so tasty. I think I have to make these the next time we have friends over for dinner. Yum!

  22. Jazzy on June 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Making this for my VBS class coming up soon! I never had goat cheese so I need to try some.

  23. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on June 25, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I could live on these crostini all summer long, so pretty!

  24. Raquel on June 27, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Goat cheese and honey is such a good combination. 

  25. Deb @ What's Cooking at Dinner Thyme on July 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    This looks delicious and so simple to make. I’ll definitely have to make these next time I have company over!

  26. Cathy Jones on July 23, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I was wondering if there’s a good substitute for the goat cheese. I’d love to make these, but I’ve never been a fan of goat cheese.  They look so pretty, so I’m hoping for an alternate way of making them. Thanks!

    • Sally on July 24, 2015 at 8:29 am

      How about fresh ricotta or cream cheese?

      • Cathy Jones on July 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

        Thanks, Sally! I will give the cream cheese a try and let you know how it turns out.



  27. Lexi on March 24, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Hi!
    I’m excited to make these for a big Easter get-together this weekend. I love making things ahead of time (so I’m not whirling around the kitchen instead of socializing) and I see that you say to do steps one and two and then refrigerate. Does that not make the crostini soggy, especially with goat cheese on top? I can’t wait to try these!

    • Sally on March 24, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Nope– still quite crunchy, especially if you’re toasting that bread!

      • Lexi on March 24, 2016 at 10:59 am

        Thanks for the quick reply! I’ll definitely be trying this!



  28. Joan Krieger on February 3, 2017 at 9:58 am

    These are so easy and so good…the perfect combination!

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