To continue on a slight party theme, and to do a recipe that is perfect for summer and entertaining at this time of year, I give you these simple and delicious tomato and basil crostini with whipped goats cheese. They work perfectly for a light lunch or to serve as a snack with drinks. Rustic and packed with flavour, just the way I like it.

tomato and basil crostini with whipped goats cheese

Simply take a baguette – I prefer to let it be a little stale, and cut slices as thick as you like. I think around 1.5cm works well. Brush them lightly with olive oil, place them on a large baking sheet, and roast in a 180 C / 350 F oven for 10 minutes. Just until they start going golden around the edges. I used a basil-infused olive oil which I love, but any good quality will do. Allow them to cool.

tomato crostini with whipped goats cheese

tomato crostini with whipped goats cheese

Whip up a topping of goat’s cheese and Mascarpone cheese which is extra thick and decadent. When you are ready to serve, spread a layer of whipped goat’s cheese on the crostini and top with the tangy dressed cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle over a few toasted pine nuts and serve.

tomato crostini with whipped goats cheese

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tomato and basil crostini with whipped goats cheese

These tomato and basil crostini with whipped goat’s cheese make a perfect appetizer or party snack with drinks.

  • Author: Sam Linsell

Ingredients

Crostini

1 large baguette, cut into 1.5cm slices

1/4 cup olive oil to brush

Tomato topping

500700g cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 red onion, very finely diced

1 clove garlic, crushed

3T red wine vinegar

1t salt

a generous grind of black pepper

2T finely chopped fresh basil leaves

toasted pine nuts to garnish small basil leaves – optional

whipped goats cheese

100g goats cheese/chevin

80g – 100g Mascarpone cheese or thick cream (more or less depending on how ‘goaty’ you like your spread)

Instructions

Make the crostini as per the instructions above. These can be made in advance and stored in a sealed container.

Make the dressing and then toss the halved tomatoes in this. Do this at least 10 minutes before serving to allow the flavours to integrate.

Make the whipped goat’s cheese by simply beating together the cheese and Mascarpone with an electric hand-held whisk.

When you are ready to serve, coat the tomatoes in the dressing and then spread and top the crostini.

Keywords: crostini, goats cheese, whipped, basil, tomato, appetiser, snack

tomato crostini with whipped goats cheese

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13 Comments

  1. Sam

    Thanks Lori, just so on our flavour profile 🙂

  2. Sam

    Thanks Rebecca, the Mascarpone makes it so creamy.

  3. i love dishes like this and crostini in general. They are so easy to make yet always a winner!!

  4. Sam

    Hi Simone, I agree, everyone always loves them. They are crunchy too. Im making a whole batch for a friends party next week.

  5. Sam

    Im with you there Laura, packed with flavour and stunning crunchy texture.

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