Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini with mint and balsamic glaze 

You know those times where you offer to bring something to a dinner party but you don’t really think through how busy you are going to be that day?  Yeah, me too. 

That’s where these little guys come in. I love crostini as an appetizer because you can do so much with them. They are more than just bruschetta. You can make them sweet or savory. Lots of ingredients or just a few. It is so easy to make to your tastes. 

I was, as usual, running behind for a dinner party we were invited to. But these take so little time to put together that it wasn’t a problem still getting out of the door on time.

Even easier? This wonderful bottle of balsamic glaze from Trader Joes. I didn’t have to sit and wait for the balsamic vinegar to reduce and cool.

You just need a few ingredients and you’re all set.

1 French baguette 

Olive oil

5oz block of goat cheese

1 pint strawberries 

Balsamic glaze (made yourself or store-bought)

Fresh mint leaves, minced

Cut your baguette into 1/4″ slices

Brush with a little bit of olive oil 

Put under the broiler for just a couple minutes on each side until golden brown.

If you let them go too long, they will look like this:

Slice your berries very thin.

Assemble: spread each toast with goat cheese, a few slices of berries, a sprinkle of mint, and a drizzle of the glaze.

These turned out really delicious and were the perfect appetizer for a late summer dinner party.


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