I can see these Blackberry & Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini with Hot Honey Drizzle becoming the official summer party staple at your house! I mean, how can this be wrong? A juicy fresh blackberry sitting high atop a creamy mountain of rosemary and chive-flecked goat cheese and then drizzled with a sticky, spicy, sweet Hot Honey. Say hello to your brand new favorite fast appetizer!
Crostini look fancy but are so ridiculously easy to throw together. What I love about them is you get all these amazing flavors in a two-bite package! Crostini are made from small slices of grilled or toasted bread; traditionally, a baguette. If you don’t have blackberries, the crostini will be delicious topped with strawberries, blueberries or even fresh figs! The possibilities are endless! Fire up the oven broiler or outdoor grill, slice some baguette and let’s get ready to make these beauties!
What if I don’t have a baguette?
No worries! If you don’t have a baguette on hand, slices of any wide, preferably hard-crusted bread will work. Then you call them bruschetta! You may need to double the amount of the herbed goat cheese recipe to have enough to top all twelve of the slices.
What if I don’t like goat cheese?
Personally, I love goat cheese. But I get it. Some people don’t like cheese that is “goaty” in flavor. I encourage you to try some different brands of goat cheese. When I first tried it, I can say I wasn’t a fan. I mean, I felt like bleating afterward! I did keep trying it and have since found several brands that are pretty mild in goat flavor. This is an example of one brand of goat cheese I adore. But if you don’t care for it, you can undoubtedly omit the goat cheese and use all cream cheese. The taste and presentation will still be fantastic!
Do you have any more tips?
- Of course! I am full of them! Please, Please, Please whatever you do, don’t use dried herbs in this recipe. The flavors will mute, and the presentation won’t be quite as pretty. I find that dried herbs tend to turn creamy based dishes a bit of an odd color and honestly, with the juicy blackberries and hot honey drizzle this dish screams for fresh herbs!
- If you have the outdoor grill fired up, you can toast the crostini on that. Be sure to not walk away from the grill because the crostini can go up in flames quite quickly! Yes, I speak from experience! I’ve had my fair share of making crostini that match the charcoal briquettes that “toasted” them!
- You may have a bit of the Herbed Goat Cheese Spread left. If you do, try it in an omelet! It’s fantastic!
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Crunchy Crostini topped with herb-flecked Goat Cheese and Blackberries then drizzled with a homemade sweet and spicy Hot Honey! Bound to become your new favorite summertime appetizer. It assembles in a flash so you can get back to soaking up the sunshine!
For the Crostini:
12 3/4-1″ slices baguette
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
sea salt, to taste
For the Hot Honey:
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
For the Goat Cheese Spread:
4 ounces log-style goat cheese
1-ounce cream cheese softened
1/2 tsp lemon zest (about 4 swipes with a zesting tool)
1 Tbsp heavy cream
3 tsp minced fresh rosemary
2 tsp minced fresh chives
12 fresh blackberries
minced chives, minced rosemary, chive blossoms, optional
For the Crostini:
Heat oven broiler on high. Place bread slices on a baking sheet. Brush slices with olive oil. Place bread under the broiler and broil for 3-5 minutes. There is no rule as to how light or dark the crostini need to be toasted. Remove toasts from oven and sprinkle with the sea salt. Set aside.
For the Hot Honey:
Place honey and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Place pan over medium-low heat. I have an electric range, and I set the dial on #4. Heat honey for 5 minutes. Pull the pan off the heat, pour the honey into a jar and set aside to cool.
For the Goat Cheese:
In a medium-size bowl place the goat cheese and lemon zest. Using a fork, mash the ingredients together. Add softened cream cheese and continue mashing with the fork. Add heavy cream and minced herbs and stir till well combined.
To Assemble the Crostini:
Spread a generous amount of goat cheese on each toast. Top each with a blackberry and a drizzle of the cooled Hot Honey. Place finished crostini on a serving platter with extra Hot Honey, for drizzling. You can sprinkle minced fresh chives or rosemary and chive blossoms on the crostini to garnish.
- If you have the outdoor grill already fired up, go ahead and throw the sliced baguette on there to toast instead of using the broiler method. The crostini only takes a minute to toast. Watch them carefully! I’ve made plenty of crostini look like the charcoal briquette that “toasted” them by walking away!
- Have leftover Hot Honey? Try it on fried chicken! It’s fantastic!
- Extra goat cheese spread? Try it in an omelet or as a sandwich spread!
- Use block-style cream cheese; the whipped tub-style will not work for this recipe.
- All the crostini components can be prepared several hours ahead of time, so all you have to do is assemble them at serving time!
- Don’t like goat cheese? Omit the goat cheese and substitute 5 ounces of cream cheese instead!
- If Hot Honey becomes too thick to drizzle, warm it in the microwave for a few seconds.
- I only toasted one side of the bread under the broiler. I prefer the crunchy top of the bread and a little bit of a chewy bottom. You can definitely toast both sides under the broiler if you like.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Broiling/Grilling
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: Blackberry Herb Goat Cheese Honey Crostini