Simple crostini with goat cheese and strawberries.
- 1 baguette, sliced
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups diced strawberries
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced
- pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 6 ounces goat cheese
- 1/4 cup honey
- Set the goat cheese on the counter while you prep the rest of the ingredients – this will give it a chance to soften so it’s easier to spread when you’re ready to assemble your crostini!
- Lay baguette slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned.
- While bread is toasting, prep the strawberry topping. Combine diced strawberries, chopped basil, a pinch of salt, and balsamic vinegar in a small mixing bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
- When your bread slices are toasted, it’s time to assemble! Spread each crostini piece with a layer of goat cheese, then top with a spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Finish with a light drizzle of honey and serve immediately.
Swaps and substitutions. Finish these crostini with a drizzle of balsamic glaze instead of honey if you like. Use blackberries, raspberries, peaches, or pears instead of strawberries. Use mint instead of basil for a fresh twist.
Make-ahead tips. Make the strawberry mixture a day ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge. When you're ready to eat, just toast the bread and assemble!
Why the balsamic vinegar? The balsamic gives just a *hint* of acidity here - but it isn't overpowering. It just helps to balance the flavors really well. If you don't have balsamic on hand, you can use a splash of lemon or lime juice instead.
Keywords: summer, side dish, vegetarian