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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


Description

Blackberry & Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini with Hot Honey! 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!


Ingredients

Scale

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 needs to be toasted.
  • Remove toasts from the 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 it 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.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: Italian

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