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stack of 3 white plates with a crostini topped with herb flecked goat cheese and a black berry with a honey dipper drizzling honey over it. A square white plate with 6 crostini sets in the background. A small round dish of blackberries also sits in the background

Blackberry & Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini with Hot Honey Drizzle


  • Author: Heidi Clark
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 crostini 1x

Description

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!


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Ingredients

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

Garnishes:

12 fresh blackberries

minced chives, minced rosemary, chive blossoms, optional


Instructions

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.


Notes

  • 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