These Goat Cheese Crostini are the perfect Holiday appetizer. Crostini is smothered in whipped goat cheese and topped with prosciutto and fresh sage. Your tastebuds will go wild with this easy appetizer.
These are the classiest little appetizer and they are so delicious. The whipped goat cheese is made from plain goat cheese, lemon juice, honey, and red pepper flakes for a sweet and tangy flavor with a touch of spice.
This is a great Holiday appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- This recipe is filled with flavor from the sweet, tangy whipped goat cheese to the salty prosciutto
- Topped Crostini is classy and elegant-perfect for Holiday parties
- These only take 20 minutes to make, with very little prep time
If you love goat cheese recipes, try my Roasted Pear Salad with Goat Cheese.
Whipped Goat Cheese- Made with plain goat cheese, honey, red pepper flakes and lemon juice for tangy, sweet and spicy flavors. I highly recommend using a plain version of goat cheese, since we are adding in so many flavors.
Prosciutto-For a crispy salty touch. I recommend using Parma Ham Prosciutto. It's specifically from the Parma region of Northern Italy, and it has a fantastic taste and superior quality.
French Bread- Brushed with olive oil and salt and baked until the exterior is crispy. Look for a crusty loaf of french bread for this recipe.
Fresh Sage-The ideal finish over the top of the goat cheese and prosciutto. Fresh sage has a strong earthy taste that pairs really well with all of these flavors.
Balsamic Glaze- An optional topping, but adds a nice sweetness and acidity to the recipe. Use the glaze versus balsamic vinegar for the thickness. The vinegar will make a mess and soak right into the goat cheese.
*Full recipe ingredients and quantities can be found in the recipe card below.
Substitutions and Variations:
Need a vegetarian friendly version? Just leave out the prosciutto or serve it crumbled on the side.
Building a board with this appetizer? Serve with some fresh grapes and a side of fig jam.
How to Make Goat Cheese Crostini:
Step 1: Remove the goat cheese from the fridge and allow it to sit at room temperature 30 minutes before preparing the recipe. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare 2 baking trays. Line one with parchment paper. On the parchment lined tray, spread the prosciutto flat onto the tray.
Step 2: To make the crostini, slice the french bread into 1 inch slices on an angle, and place onto the other cookie sheet. Brush each side lightly in olive oil and sprinkle on sea salt.
Step 3: Bake until the prosciutto is crispy and the french bread is golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
Step 4: While the bread and prosciutto are baking, add the goat cheese, honey, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes into the food processor on low speed until combined and whipped.
Step 5: Cut the crispy prosciutto into strips.
Step 6: Top each crostini with the creamy goat cheese spread, then crispy prosciutto and fresh sage.
Step 7: Transfer the goat cheese crostini to a serving tray. Optional: Drizzle over Balsamic glaze. Enjoy!
- If you cut the french baguette in skinny slices, the baking time for the bread will be less, check them between 5-8 minutes.
- Sage has a strong taste. Chop it finely for topping to not overpower the other flavors.
- This appetizer is best served immediately after baking, hot and fresh. If you need to bring it to a party, you could prep the goat cheese and prosciutto ahead of time and do the toasting at the event.
Goat cheese is best served at room temperature. Allow it to sit out of the fridge for 30 minutes prior to serving. I like to serve it with warm bread, like in this recipe, to warm it up a bit when eating.
Crostini is sliced french baguette that has been brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, then baked. It should be crispy and golden on the outsides with just a bit of soft tenderness in the center.
If you are planning on leftovers, I suggest leaving some of the crostini without topping and storing the bread, whipped goat cheese, prosciutto and sage in separate containers. The bread and prosciutto can be easily reheated in the oven, and the whipped goat cheese can be set out at room temperature 30 minutes ahead of serving. Use within 2-3 days.
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