This goat cheese crostini recipe works year-round to serve as a delicious appetizer for your next party. The tangy flavor of goat cheese is balanced with the sweetness of warm honey and a nice crunch from the fresh pear slices.
You do not need to twist my arm when it comes to anything with goat cheese. Or crostinis. Crostinis are one of my go-to party snacks because they’re quick to make, bite-sized, and you can make a big batch ahead of time so you’re not stuck in the kitchen while your friends mingle.
How to Make Goat Cheese Crostini with Warm Honey
These goat cheese crostinis are served up with warm honey (major YUM) and have a nice little crunch to the thanks to pistachios and fresh pear. They’re a perfectly balanced savory-meets-sweet bite, and they work in summer and in cooler months.
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Quality honey (I used Creme Royale Honey, a delicious, super creamy honey that you need to try at least once in your life)
- A fresh baguette
- Olive oil
- Goat cheese
- Plain greek yogurt
- Fresh thyme
- Pistachios (walnuts or sliced almonds also work)
- Slice your baguette and make the crostini (see below).
- While the bread is baking, mix your fresh thyme, room temperature goat cheese, and greek yogurt together.
- Spread a generous amount of your goat cheese mixture onto each crostini slice.
- Add a sprinkle of pistachios or whatever nut you’re using, then top with warm honey and julienned pear slices.
How to Make Crostini
Regardless of what you’re topping the crostini with, the blueprint to make the base is always the same. And, it’s super easy.
Grab a baguette and slice it up while your oven heats to 400 degrees F. Lay out the bread slices on a rimmed cookie sheet, then drizzle with oil. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until you see that the bread is slightly browned.
Once they cool off, you’re ready to top your crostini with delicious goat cheese and warm honey, or whatever you desire!
How to Warm Your Creamed Honey
I really recommend your use a high-quality creamed or whip honey for the recipe. It takes just a couple of extra minutes to heat it up, and really elevates your goat cheese crostini. I mean, warm, fancy honey is super deluxe, is it not?!
Fill a small saucepan with an inch or so of water. Grab a heat-safe bowl and place it on top of the pot. Add your honey, and turn the heat to low. As the honey heats up, give it a good mix. Once it’s easy to mix (like the consistency of syrup), remove from the heat and drizzle onto the crostini pieces.
Goat Cheese Crostini with Warm Honey and Pear
- 8 oz fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
- ¼ cup plain Greek Yogurt
- 1-2 tbsp fresh thyme
- ¼ cup high-quality creamed honey
- 1 baguette, cut into slices and toasted into crostini (see above)
- A handful of pistachios
- ½ pear julienned
- Heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Slice your baguette and place the slices on a rimmed cookies sheet. Drizzle with oil and baked for 8-10 minutes or until the bread is slightly toasted.
- While the crostinis bake, add the goat cheese, Greek yogurt, and fresh thyme into a food processor and mix.
- Remove the crostini from the oven and let cool.
- While the crostini slices cool, grab a small saucepan and heat-safe bowl. Fill the pot with an inch or so of water, and be sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Add the creamed honey to the heat-safe bowl and stir over low heat.
- Once the crostinis are cool, spread a generous amount of the goat cheese mixture onto each crostini, then top with pistachios, pear slices, and warm honey.