Creamy goat cheese and fresh pesto top lightly toasted crostini to create this bite-sized appetizer perfect for any party or celebration.
When it comes to party food, I almost always gravitate towards the savory dishes. Cheese platters, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp cocktail…sign me up! This tasty appetizer combines two of my favorite flavors: goat cheese and pesto. The lightly toasted crostini provides just the right amount of crunch to balance out the creamy textures of the topping.
Speaking of party, today we are throwing a surprise virtual baby shower for one of my dearest blogging buddies Bev. If you aren’t familiar with her blog you need to get familiar, pronto. Her photographs are stunning and her food (mostly savory!) is mouth watering. In fact, I rarely see her share a recipe that I don’t immediately want to make and eat.
One of the reasons I’ve become so close to Bev over the past year is because we were both pregnant together for a good portion of my pregnancy. It is always fun to have someone to confide in when it comes to the nitty gritty joys of everything from glucose tests to expanding waistlines. I should also note: Bev is having TWINS! One boy and one girl. You would never know if you looked at her – she is still petite and stunning as always.
Bev – I’m so excited for you to become a mother! Your children are so lucky to have you and I can’t wait to see and read about all of your adventures in the coming months. If it happens to involve a video of you twerking on Vine, so be it. Love you girl!! xo
- 30 slices French baguette bread 1/2 in. thick
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 oz goat cheese
- 2/3 cup pesto homemade or store-bought
- 30 slices roasted red pepper homemade or store-bought
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and spread out evenly on pan.
Bake until golden brown, 7-9 minutes. Let cool slightly before assembling.
To assemble crostini, spread 1 teaspoon of pesto on each piece of baguette then top with thin slice of goat cheese.
Garnish with a roasted red pepper slice and serve on a platter at room temperature.
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