Goat Cheese Crostini

This Goat Cheese Crostini with Walnuts and Honey recipe makes a delicious appetizer. Sweet honey and earthy walnuts balancing the creamy tang of fresh goat cheese in this simple crostini recipe and ready in 35 minutes!

Honey being drizzles on top of goat cheese crostini.

Crisp, crunchy, and full of flavor these Goat Cheese Crostini are sure to be a new favorite. Creamy goat cheese spread on top of a crisp slice of baguette and topped with warm toasty walnuts and a drizzle of sweet honey. This appetizer really has it all.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • It only takes 35 minutes to whip up!
  • There is a beautiful combination of flavors with all of the different tastes and textures.
  • You can prepare these ahead of time.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for goat cheese crostini.

Crusty Baguette: The baguette provides a fantastic crunch and texture contrast to the creamy goat cheese.

Walnuts: Toasting these walnuts make them more fragrant and add a fantastic crunch to each bite.

Goat Cheese: Goat cheese is tangy, creamy, and has a distinct flavor that pairs beautifully with sweet and nutty elements just like in my French Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese.

Honey: Drizzling honey over the top ties everything together with a kiss of sweetness.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

Nuts: Instead of walnuts, you could try pecans, almonds, or even pistachios for a different crunch and flavor profile.

Cheese: If goat cheese isn’t your thing, you could try cream cheese, ricotta, or even a blue cheese for a bolder flavor.

Balsamic Glaze: Instead of, or in addition to, the honey, a drizzle of balsamic glaze can add in a tangy sweetness, I particularly love it on top of my Tomato, Basil, and Balsamic Chicken.

Different Bread: While I love the classic baguette, you could also use ciabatta or any other crusty bread you have on hand.

How to Make Goat Cheese Crostinis

Step #1: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175°C).

Step #2: Slice the baguette into ½ inch slices and arrange on a baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat both sides of each piece with olive oil. Sprinkle the tops with salt.

Baguette slices spread out on a baking sheet with olive oil and salt on top.

Step #3: Arrange the walnuts in a single layer on a second baking sheet.

Walnuts spread out on a baking sheet.

Step #4: Once the oven is pre-heated, place the baguette slices and walnuts in the oven on separate racks.

Step #5: Allow the walnuts to toast for 5-7 minutes, checking every minute or so, until golden brown and fragrant. Be careful not to burn them!

Step #6: Remove the baguette slices after 15-20 minutes, or when crisped and golden. If your oven has hot spots you may want to rotate the baguette pan halfway through the baking time.

Step #7: Allow the crostini to rest until cool to the touch. Spread a thin layer of goat cheese over the top of each crostini, then top with walnuts and a drizzle of honey.

Assembling a goat cheese crostini.

Step #8: Finally, serve warm and enjoy!

Honey Goat Cheese Crostini on a white plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of honey works best for this goat cheese crostini recipe?

Any type of honey will work, but I personally love using a good quality, local honey because it has a richer flavor.

Is it necessary to toast the walnuts?

Toasting the walnuts enhances their flavor and adds a nice crunch, but if you’re in a hurry, you can skip this step. They’ll still add a nice texture and flavor to the crostini.

Storing Info

For this goat cheese crostini recipe, it is best to store the components separately.

The toasted baguette slices can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature, the goat cheese and walnuts in the fridge, and the honey at room temperature.

Goat Cheese Crostini on a white plate.

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Goat Cheese Crostini Recipe

This Goat Cheese Crostini with Walnuts and Honey recipe makes a delicious appetizer. Sweet honey and earthy walnuts balancing the creamy tang of fresh goat cheese in this simple crostini recipe and ready in 35 minutes!
4.3 from 87 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: European
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb crusty baguette
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup raw walnut pieces
  • 5 ounces goat cheese - softened to room temperature
  • 5 tbsp Honey for drizzling - – use a little more or less based on your preference of sweetness
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Instructions

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175°C).
  • Slice the baguette into ½ inch slices and arrange on a baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat both sides of each piece with olive oil. Sprinkle the tops with salt.
  • Arrange the walnuts in a single layer on a second baking sheet.
  • Once the oven is pre-heated, place the baguette slices and walnuts in the oven on separate racks.
  • Allow the walnuts to toast for 5-7 minutes, checking every minute or so, until golden brown and fragrant. Be careful not to burn them!
  • Remove the baguette slices after 15-20 minutes, or when crisped and golden. If your oven has hot spots you may want to rotate the baguette pan halfway through the baking time.
  • Allow the crostinis to rest until cool to the touch. Spread a thin layer of goat cheese over the top of each crostini, then top with walnuts and a drizzle of honey. Serve warm.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Hi Anetta, We got some truffled honey as a gift and it is beyond delish! We made these crostini and drizzled them with the truffled honey. It is seriously perfection! Love the toasted walnuts here too. I wouldn’t have thought to use walnuts, and toasted? So, so good! Thanks!