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Honey Tangerine Goat Cheese Crostini

    Tangy goat cheese, fresh tangerine juice, and honey are whipped together to create a delicious crostini topping that is perfect for entertaining.

    Crostini garnished with tangerine

    Goat cheese is one of my favorite cheeses of all time. Tangy, creamy, and extremely versatile – I could eat it every single day. While I typically use goat cheese in savory dishes, I know it also works well in sweets. Honey Tangerine Goat Cheese Crostini are the ideal two-bite appetizer or snack for any party or get together. Creamy goat cheese, sweet honey, and bright tangerine juice are whipped together to create an addictive crostini topping you’ll want to use again and again.

    Ingredients

    • French baguette: Long and thin, with an already crisp crust, a baguette is the perfect bread for small, toasted bites.
    • Olive oil: The healthy oil used to get our crostini nice and crunchy.
    • Goat cheese: Made in a wide variety of styles, we are using a soft, creamy goat cheese with no flavor additives like chives, commonly referred to as chèvre. It’s slightly sweet, tangy, and earthy in flavor.
    • Honey: A great natural sweetener which flavor varies depending on the flower it derives from. Honey most commonly sold in stores comes from clover.
    • Tangerine: A subgroup of mandarin oranges, tangerines tend to be sweeter than other fruits in the orange family, as well as having a brighter, stronger flavor.

    How to Make Honey Tangerine Goat Cheese Crostini

    Liz cutting baguette

    First, cut your baguette into 30, roughly 1/2- 1 inch slices.

    drizzling olive oil on baguette

    Next, lay out your baguette slices on a tin foil lined baking sheet, and drizzle with the olive oil. Pop them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 7-9 minutes.

    Adding goat cheese to a empty bowl

    While your baguette slices are toasting, get started on your goat cheese spread. In a small bowl, add your goat cheese.

    Adding honey to goat cheese

    Then add the honey. I prefer using local, raw honey, but use whatever you have.

    Adding tangerine juice to bowl

    Finish with your tangerine juice.

    Mixing goat cheese spread

    Make sure to stir well until everything is incorporated together into a smooth mixture.

    dolloping goat cheese mixture on crostini

    Once you remove your baguette slices, let them cool a bit before assembling.

    Hand holding crostini.

    Place a dollop of goat cheese spread on each baguette slice and garnish with a tangerine wedge. Serve and enjoy!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    How do I store leftovers?

    The goat cheese topping can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. I would recommend only toasting as many baguette slices as you plan on eating, because once they’re toasted, they don’t keep well. But the untoasted baguette can be kept in an airtight container either in the fridge or in the pantry.

    Can I use the topping with anything else?

    Yes, it also makes a delicious fruit dip or as a topping for a waffle/pancake bar!

    What else can I use goat cheese with?

    I love using goat cheese in salads, like this Citrus Salad, or with pasta, like this Pesto Pasta with Asparagus.

    Simple Substitutions

    • Make it dairy free. Vegan goat cheese, which is usually made from cashews, has a similar texture and tangy flavor and will still work great.
    • Switch out the fruit. If you don’t have tangerines, any citrus (orange, clementine, cutie) would work, but I also like using fresh raspberries or blueberries.
    • Have a baby under 1? Babies under a year old cannot have honey, so if you’re like me and give your little ones whatever it is you’re eating, replace the honey with maple syrup or lite Karo syrup.
    Plate of honey tangerine goat cheese crostini.

    More Recipes for Entertaining

    Liz enjoying honey tangerine goat cheese crostini.

    Whether it be for entertaining at a large party or a delicious snack for just you and some friends, I highly recommend giving this Honey Tangerine Goat Cheese Crostini a try.

    No fork required.

    Crostini garnished with tangerine

    Honey Tangerine Goat Cheese Crostini

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    Tangy goat cheese, fresh tangerine juice and honey are whipped together to create a delicious crostini topping that is perfect for entertaining.
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 9 mins
    TOTAL: 19 mins
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    Servings: 15

    Ingredients
     

    • 30 slices French baguette bread (1/2 in. thick)
    • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 8 ounces goat cheese (softened to room temperature)
    • 4 tablespoons honey
    • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed tangerine juice (orange, mandarin or clementine works too)
    • 30 tangerine wedges (garnish)

    Instructions
     

    • 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.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together softened goat cheese, honey and tangerine juice until light and fluffy. (Feel free to use a hand mixer or immersion blender to make this easier.)
    • Spread honey whipped goat cheese mixture evenly on all 30 slices and place on a platter. Top each crostini with a raspberry before serving.

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    Nutrition

    Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 13.6gProtein: 4.1gFat: 6.9gSaturated Fat: 2.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 133mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 6g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    53 Comments

    1. I saw your posting on Instagram and made them immediately for a small gathering I was hosting. DELICIOUS. I love that they’re kind of unique, but use basic ingredients. Thanks for the great idea, Liz!

    2. SO cute that you were all pregnant around the same time!! Somehow I never realized that…bad math skillz.

      Oh what I wouldn’t give for a bite of these crostini…goat cheese is my life.

    3. I’ll admit I’m still coming around on goat cheese in savory applications, but I am a big fan in sweet applications. These are the perfect party app, and oh man are those raspberries gorgeous!

    4. I LOVE goat cheese in anything savory and sweet, too! I just bought silicone molds for these little Chevre cheesecakes I want to make… this post makes me think I should grab an extra log of cheese, now! So lovely to “meet” you through Audra!

    5. Aw Liz, one you are enough of a super-mom to have managed to swing this just a few weeks after having your own little bundle.

      I just want to point out that that picture above from FBF was the DAY I found out I was pregnant! I was so happy to cling to the other preggos to find out what I could and couldn’t eat- Ha! I clearly was too excited to keep it a secret :)

      These crostini are so beautiful and right up my alley. I love fruit and cheese anything- such a great idea for holiday entertaining! xoxoxo

      1. I was so excited to be in on your secret Audra!! Especially on the first day we met! I’m so thrilled for you and your little arrival, I can’t wait to see you as a mom! You are beautiful inside and out!!

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