Tomato Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese*

Tomato Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese from thenovicechefblog.com

One of my favorite things about living in Florida is our year round produce. We can grow most everything year round — and considering all the snow I see on the news that a lot of you are still being hit with, I consider us very lucky. To drive the point home, let me tell you about our cold snap we are having this week…the lowest it will drop is in the 40′s. ;-)

It’s amazing to get to pull up to all of the little roadside stands and be able to get beautiful local fruits and veggies in March. Last week, I got a bushel of basil, 4 cartons of the juiciest cherry tomatoes ever, and 3 pints of giant Plant City strawberries for $6. You just can’t beat it.

Tomato Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese from thenovicechefblog.com

When I got invited to a Girl’s Night last week, I knew exactly what I wanted to bring. I have been hearing whispers about this magical thing called whipped feta and thought hey, why not make it with goat cheese instead!

While feta is ok sometimes, I am much more of a goat cheese kind of lady. I was a little nervous about adding cream cheese to goat cheese…but the rumors are true, you can not taste it at all! It just makes the goat cheese so smooth and perfectly spreadable. I’m in love.

I got this crostini idea from Ina Garten and the flavors are perfect. She used feta, but I think the goat cheese works much better with the tomatoes and basil. I plan on making a pizza this week using some of these marinated tomatoes — they are seriously divine!!

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Tomato Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese

Yield: 28 Crostinis

Recipe Note: If you don't have the time, the tomatoes do not have to marinate. They are delicious right away, but the flavors develop more when given the time.

Ingredients:

2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 1 lemon, divided
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Kosher salt & Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 French baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices
8 oz goat cheese
4 oz cream cheese, softened
Fresh basil leaves, chopped

Directions:

In a large bowl, toss cherry tomatoes, shallot, garlic, juice of half of the lemon and red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and let marinate at least 4 hours.

Turn on oven broiler. Lay baguette slices in an even layer on a cookie sheet and toast for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, until golden. If making ahead, store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.

Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer) beat goat cheese and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the remaining juice from the other half of the lemon. Beat to combine. If making ahead, store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.

To assemble: Spread a generous dollop of whipped goat cheese over each toasted baguette slices. Top each slice with tomatoes and basil. Devour.

 

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33 Responses to “Tomato Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese”

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    Shawnda — March 25, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    Seriously, it’s going to be 39 tonight here tonight. IN LATE MARCH. This ain’t normal!

    But I do approve of your appetizer choice, even though it didn’t come in a bottle sealed with a cork :)

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — March 25, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    SO LUCKY! We just got snow and hail and rain here in Jersey today…when will the madness end?!

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    Karly — March 25, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    I’m totally jealous of your fresh produce. We don’t get local tomatoes until July. It’s pretty much the dumbest thing ever.

    I want that whippy cheese in my face.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 25, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    I’m with Karly, the lack of fresh produce around here until like mid-summer is totally DUM. Totally.

    Oh dayummm I’m gleeking.

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    Hani@haniela's — March 26, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Sounds delicious, I love crostini of any kind and tomatoes are my favorite!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 26, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Nothing more delicious or simple!!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 26, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    I really need to try this whole whipped goat cheese thing. Not sure if its just the name but it sounds more fun than just plan goat cheese.

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — March 26, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    This sounds incredible! Whipped cheese? IM all about that!

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — March 26, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    yum I love this! I did something so similar a few weeks ago, Roasted Red Wine Cherry Tomato & Goat Cheese Crostini – it’s the perfect little app!!

    great pics!

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    Joanne — March 26, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Smitten Kitchen has whipped goat cheese in the cover recipe on her cookbook and I am OBSESSED with it!! I know it would be perfect on these crostini also!

    And I am super jealous of all your produce. By the way. :P

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 26, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    You’re killing me with your fresh produce humble brags. ;) Gah, I want this crostini NOW! I love goat cheese!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 26, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    Ohhhhhhhhh open sesame.

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — March 26, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    YUM! Goat cheese has to be even better whipped. Gotta try this.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 26, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    I love this idea! So simple and yummy looking :)

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    Eileen — March 26, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    We have almost the same ideal produce situation in sunny California–although our tomatoes definitely don’t stay perfect all year. I love the idea of these little crostini–rich and fresh all at once. :)

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — March 26, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    I want this for every meal for the rest of my life. Also, I hate the hot weather, but Florida produce almost tempts me to move down there. What a steal!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 27, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    I can’t believe all the snow news around the country! Blessed to be living in FL. Love crostinis and especially spread with goat cheese :)

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — March 27, 2013 @ 2:50 am

    I bought some goat cheese just today destined for a quiche, but…I’m feeling your inspiration :)

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    den — March 27, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    I’ve tried something similar with mozzarella cheese in the past. I really like the idea of mixing goat cheese and cream cheese. That should give these a bit more flavor than the mozzarella did. When I make these, I’m going to use plum tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes. This time of year, they just seem to hold up better with all the mile they put on. This summer, I’ll use fresh cherry tomatoes from our garden.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 27, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    These look so delish! Love that you mixed up goat cheese with cream cheese for these gorgeous little bites. Got to try them this spring!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 27, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    Whipped goat cheese = genius = my new obsession…already!

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    sweet-lab — March 27, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    This is simply genius!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 28, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    That’s one of the things I hate about where I live – we only have a very short time for fresh local produce.

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 28, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    You had me at whipped goat cheese. And I agree with Rachel, I am in the same boat about fresh produce!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 28, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Whipped goat cheese, oh my it sounds delightful! I have to have this soon :)

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    Katie from Katie's Cucina — March 29, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    Oh wow, Jess… these look divine. I’m just now starting to like goat cheese… so I definitely need to give these a try!

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    Michelle — April 3, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    I made these as an appetizer for our Easter dinner. They were SO good, everyone raved about them and ate every last one! And that’s a lot coming from some very picky eaters in my family :) These will be my new go-to appetizer for SURE! YUM! Thanks for all of your great recipes – I have yet to be disappointed by one!

    • Jessica replied: — April 3rd, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

      I am so happy to hear that MIchelle! :-)

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — April 23, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    These look gorgeous! I love how simple they are, but they sound totally delicious!

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — April 23, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    I am so jealous of your access to fresh produce. I am stuck in middle period where nothing is in season. I often like mariate a red onion with the tomatoes to enhance their sweetness. Beautifully presented

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