Goat Cheese Appetizer
Need an easy and delicious hors d’oeuvre for your next gathering? This Goat Cheese Appetizer is sure to impress your guests! This recipe for goat cheese crostini with honey, pecans and thyme could not be more simple to whip up, and all of the flavors go so well together. Sweet notes from the honey meld perfectly with the smooth and creamy goat cheese which is then topped with fresh thyme – all complimented by the crunch from the pecans. This is one snack everyone is sure to love!
I made these for a Thanksgiving appetizer and they were a big hit! They were so easy to make and absolutely delicious! Such a unique combination that just really worked with all the flavors. Will definitely make again!— Shanika
Now that the holiday season is just around the corner, take your parties and gatherings to the next level with this DELICIOUS Goat Cheese Appetizer. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or just anytime snacking. I love to serve it either on a cheese board or right alongside one! It only takes a few minutes to put the whole spread together and it’s full of wonderful textures and flavors. Your guests will love all of the tasty options, and you’ll love how quick and easy everything is to put together!
Only 5 ingredients and about 5 minutes of hands-on time is all you need to add a little extra pizzaz to your cheese board with this delicious goat cheese appetizer! Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Bread. We like to use a French baguette because it’s easy to slice and holds the toppings perfectly. Day-old bread works just fine!
- Goat cheese log. Creamy, slightly tangy goat cheese pairs deliciously with the sweet honey.
- Honey. To balance out the other flavors with the perfect amount of sweetness.
- Toasted pecans. For a delicious nutty crunch. Feel free to sub with almonds, walnuts or pine nuts.
- Fresh herbs. Top each crostini with fresh thyme leaves for a wonderful hint of freshness. Also, add a bit of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper for presentation and taste.
How to make this
Easy crostini appetizers are the perfect addition to a party platter. Appetizers on bread happen to be my favorite kind! Here’s how to make this simple app:
- Toast bread slices. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and slice a baguette. Place the slices on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are toasty.
- Make the spread. While the bread is toasting, in a small bowl, mix the goat cheese and honey together until relatively smooth. It’s okay if it’s a little crumbly.
- Assemble the crostini. Once the bread comes out of the oven, spread the goat cheese mixture on the toasted bread (while it’s still warm). Top with chopped pecans, fresh thyme leaves and a pinch of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, if desired.
- Serve. Crunchy, tangy, and sweet. An extra drizzle of honey is always welcome! Try not to eat them all before your guests arrive!
- Taking the extra time to toast the baguette slices is super important. This not only gives them a pleasant crunch but allows the goat cheese to spread on easier since the bread is warm.
- Use the best quality cheese. The Montchevre® Goat Cheese Logs, pictured, were really delicious! Here’s a guide to buying and storing goat cheese.
- Hosting a party or large get-together? This appetizer serves 6 people, 2 crostini, however it is very easy to double or triple the recipe.
- Cheese. Feel free to use ricotta or cream cheese instead of goat cheese. You could also add a slice of brie and just top with the honey and herbs, instead of making the cheese/honey mixture.
- Herbs. Substitute the thyme with fresh basil, sage, or rosemary, if you’d prefer.
- Spicy. Add a kick of heat to these and make them with hot honey, instead of regular.
- Make gluten free. Use any favorite gluten-free baguette or loaf to make this recipe.
Frequently asked questions
What is crostini? It is a sliced bread (a baguette or any long artisan loaf) that is either grilled or toasted with various toppings. The word crostini means “little toasts” in Italian.
Goat cheese pairs well with nuts, fresh fruit, dried fruit and honey. If you’d like to incorporate fruit into this recipe, add a few pear slices or apples over the top of the crostini. A few dried cranberries over the top would be lovely too.
Goat cheese is best served at room temperature, so take it out of the fridge 30 minutes or so before serving.
If you’re making this dish for a holiday gathering or party and want to save some time, I’d suggest chopping and toasting the pecans the day before. You can also make the cheese/honey mixture several hours in advance and store it in the fridge. You can even slice up the baguette for convenience.
These goat cheese crostini are best eaten on the same day, so I’d recommend only assembling ones that will be eaten.
I hope you’ll serve this goat cheese appetizer alongside your cheese boards this holiday season! The goat cheese and honey flavors blend together so nicely on little toasty crostini, that my mouth is watering just thinking about them. Adding in the nutty flavor of the pecans and the toasty crunch, makes these irresistible!
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Goat Cheese Crostini
- 1 (18 inch) French baguette, cut into 3/4-inch slices
- 2 (4 oz.) Goat Cheese Logs, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place bread slices on a baking sheet. Bake 10 -12 minutes or until lightly toasted.
- Meanwhile, mix the goat cheese and honey together until relatively smooth. It’s okay if it’s a little crumbly.
- Spread the goat cheese mixture on the toasted bread (while it's still warm). Top with chopped pecans, fresh thyme leaves and a pinch of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, if desired.
- Before serving, drizzle each crostini with honey.
- Fresh fall fruit
- Nuts & seeds
- Dried fruit