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For a delicious, unusual appetizer, serve up these Strawberry Basil Crostini. Made with either a goat cheese or blue cheese spread, your friends will be dying to get the recipe.

Strawberry Basil Crostini on a small white appetizer plate

Strawberry Basil Crostini

I was planning to make this strawberry basil crostini appetizer for a dinner party which should have coincided with the peak of our local strawberry season. Well, that didn’t exactly pan out, as some rain delayed the delivery. But I found some fragrant California berries at the market and carried on.

I love pairing berries with mascarpone cheese in desserts, but wondered if I could make a delicious appetizer with this same combination of sweet berries and creamy cheese.  And to boost the flavor palate, I decided to add another soft cheese to the mix. But I couldn’t decide between goat or blue, so I made half of each. And, unbeknownst to them, I had some taste testers lined up.

Strawberry Basil Crostini on a white appetizer plate with a bowl of strawberries

The Verdict: Rave Reviews

One of our lovely neighbors was recently widowed, and she invited me and Bill to dine with her, along with some other family and our parish priest. There was plenty of lively conversation before dinner, and I think I wowed them with this picture perfect, seasonal appetizer.

There was just enough goat or blue cheese was added to the mascarpone for some zip and the sweet juicy berries and balsamic played well with both the creamy cheese and crispy toasts. Plus the basil provides another pop of color and pairs so nicely with strawberries. The fact that these strawberry basil crostini are a breeze to make doesn’t hurt one bit. Let me know if you give these a try. Bill gave them his seal of approval. And my platter was emptied before dinner.

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Strawberry Basil Crostini - A spectacular out of the ordinary appetizer!

Strawberry Basil Crostini

Berries, basil and balsamic vinegar top cheesy toasts

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutew
  • Total Time: 20 minutew
  • Yield: 16 toasts 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Broiling, Spreading, Slicing
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 16 baguette slices, cut at a slight angle, about 1/3 inch thick
  • Olive oil
  • 24 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 12 teaspoons sugar, optional
  • 4 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • 4 tablespoons goat cheese, blue cheese or half of each
  • 24 strawberries, sliced and hulled
  • 8 basil leaves, stack a few, roll tightly and cut into thin slices (chiffonade)
  • Aged balsamic vinegar (best quality you can get)

Instructions

  1. If strawberries aren’t very sweet, place slices in a bowl and sprinkle with a teaspoon or two of sugar. Set aside.
  2. Preheat broiler. Place bread slices on a sheet pan and brush lightly with olive oil. Broil for a minute or so, till browned on one side. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. I only toasted one side, but feel free to repeat on second side if desired.
  3. Mix mascarpone and your choice of goat or blue cheese till smooth. Spread over toasted side of bread. Layer slices of berries over cheese and sprinkle with basil.
  4. Right before serving, drizzle toasts with balsamic vinegar.

 

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32 comments on “Strawberry Basil Crostini”

  1. Oh yes! These crostini makes my mouth water! I love the strawberry addition! Lovely idea, Liz! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Strawberries and goat cheese! Yummy! Really nice appetizer.

  3. They look great! Rachel made a strawberry basil sorbet this year, so I know these flavors play nicely together:@)

  4. Totally cool, Liz! I’ve always eaten the savoury version πŸ˜€

  5. This looks delicious – strawberry and basil is a combination I must experiment with more. This may well be a good starting point πŸ™‚

  6. Strawberries and soft, creamy cheese is always good. I am all about adding all sorts of toppings to toast right now. I could eat toast three meals a day.

  7. These crostini look very pretty and tasty.

  8. This crostini is gorgeous, Liz! I love the combination of strawberry and basil. So fresh, delicious and perfect for summer!

  9. This is a perfect Summer time treat!

  10. Beautiful Lizzy!! I love strawberries!
    hugs!!

  11. Sounds like a wonderful summer appetizer. I love the combination of the ingredients for this crostini.

  12. I’m fairly certain I could live on this crostini – I adore strawberries with basil and balsamic!

  13. Strawberry and basil is such a classic flavour combination that I know these crostini would be delicious. Perfect for Summer!

  14. What a perfect summer starter! So light and refreshing and most importantly-pretty!

  15. The simplest of food is the yummiest. It looks so so fresh and perfect for summers. Love it.

  16. These crostini looks parfait for an apΓ©ro with friends ! It’s summertime and now I’m craving for taste this!!
    Have a lovely weekend Liz!!

  17. This looks pretty enough for a wedding shower!

  18. Yum! This is the perfect summery treat.

  19. like you blog!

  20. This looks delicious!! I love strawberry season because you can make such creative recipes with them!

  21. Adding goat cheese (and blue cheese) to the mascarpone mix is a great idea! You’ve got all the crunchy, soft, savory and sweet going on in one peite appetizer. Bravo!

  22. Thanks, looks great…and I can think of just the people to enjoy this any time at all….all of us here! πŸ™‚ xo for strawberries from the girl from Strawberry Point! πŸ™‚

  23. How lovely of you to bring this appetiser to your friend’s dinner party. I must say though – I have never dined with a priest! It’s definitely strawberry season in your part of the world and I think the mascarpone mixed with some goat’s cheese with these sweet strawberries is a beautiful light appetiser. I’m not surprised there were none left on the plate xx

  24. Dear BAM,

    This crostini looks sensational though I am tempted to add a dash of balsamic to it.

  25. An unexpected combination but I can see how they would be very delicious. We have a recently widowed neighbour too and we’re planning on taking an apple cake over to her today.

  26. I love strawberries, basil and goats cheese all together so I know I would love these! Great appetiser πŸ˜€

  27. Pretty and perfect too. Such a fabulous combination of flavours. I will be pushing for this to come back to our cocktail packages. Reckon it would go off. πŸ™‚

  28. Love all of you strawberry recipes…this one especially. Love the strawberry and basil combo! Beautiful crostini Liz!

  29. This is so gorgeous, and it’s the perfect way to start off a summer evening meal.

  30. An empty platter us always a good sign!

  31. That sounds like a wonderful combination!

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