Crostini (meaning "little toasts" in Italian) is an Italian appetizer consisting of small slices of grilled or toasted bread and toppings. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crostini)
Honey Goat Cheese from Trader Joe's is amongst one of my favorite products on the market. It is a flavorful cheese made of goat's milk and has a hint of sweetness because it is infused with honey. This goat cheese tastes wonderful with the fresh summer fruits that are available right now!
Below you can see pictures of the Crostini with Fresh Berries and Honey Goat Cheese that I made for an event recently. It was quite a hit! I made about 200 of these little bite size foods and not a single one was left!
|The crostini has been topped with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries|
The Trader Joe’s Honey Goat Cheese can be found in the refrigerator section of your local store and the product’s name reads “Chevre with Honey” .
“What is Chevre?”, you may ask? That is the French word for "goat"-practical huh!?
http://www.notsuperhuman.com/2010/08/this-is-good/ (picture source)
|A creamy goat's milk cheese with a hint of sweetness from the honey.|
Crostini with Fresh Berries and Honey Goat Cheese
Author: Brenna Bowers
Makes: 20-30 bite size Crostini
1 Plain French Baguette (1 ½” diameter) (Tip 1)
8 oz. Honey Goat Cheese
1 small package fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc…)
About 3 Tablespoons honey
Preheat the oven to "broil" (this is a setting on the oven where the heat comes from the top of the oven only and gives off intense heat).
Begin by slicing the French Baguette into ½” thick rounds. The more evenly you slice the crostini the more evenly the will bake. Place all the bread rounds on a dry cookie sheet in a single layer (if you have extra, place them on a second cookie sheet). Place the cookie sheet with the bread slices in the oven and broil for about 4 minutes (or until the bread hardens and turns very light brown) (watch it very carefully for it burns fast!).
Spread a small amount of the Honey Goat cheese on each crostini with a knife. Top each crostini with fresh berries and drizzle with honey.
*best if made the day of service
Tip 1: When purchasing a French Baguette (plain French Bread) for this recipe, look for something long and skinny. If you want to cut down on preparation time, you can purchase pre-made Crostini at many local bakeries or grocery stores.