Fresh Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini with balsamic reduction is the perfect summer appetizer for any party!
We are almost done renovating our kitchen!
It has been such a long process… Almost 10 months!
When we moved in at the end of July last year we had planned on holding off on the renovation process until we had saved up some more money. But then our stove stopped working, on its third use while warming up pizza at a party.
So long story short we gutted the entire place, ripped out the pantry, & reconfigured the entire kitchen. By Thanksgiving, the floors were done, by Christmas we had all of our new appliances & almost all of the cabinets were installed, just in time for our 20+ person family Christmas party.
A few of weekends ago we finally installed the backsplash & now all that is left is to install the chrome range hood over our stove in our all white kitchen.
At the end of last summer & fall, I took a lot of my food photos over at my parent’s house. All winter I have eagerly waited for summer sunlight to photograph lots of new recipes because the cold winter sunlight was short & too often covered by clouds.
However, what I didn’t realize was that there was only going to be a short window of good sunlight in our kitchen this spring. As soon as the trees became full of leaves my kitchen instantly became dark again.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my kitchen, & it actually isn’t really dark, but for food photography, it feels pretty dark. Which means more often than not I am leaving my beautiful white marble counters, chosen purposefully for my blog, to take photos on a folding table in our living room.
I can’t even photograph on the beautiful dark stained table my husband built us last summer because it’s in an even lesser lighted room.
How in the world did I not realize all of this sooner?
Haha, oh well. As my father says, live & learn!
At least now we know more of what we are looking for in regards to house plans. And yes, we are renovating our home while dreaming of building another one. It’s good to dream big!
And sometimes it’s even good to dream small, like these Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini’s! (Nice segway, right?)
These little strawberry crostini’s appear fancy, but they were super easy to create & are covered in fresh complementary flavors. They would be perfect as a little appetizer for a small gathering, a bridal shower, or even a fancy bbq outside.
This is the 4th strawberry recipe I’ve shared this spring which means I am now officially going to switch over to other summer flavors. But to recap, this year I have made Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad, Strawberry Banana Bread, & Strawberries & Cream Popsicles. And technically this Carrot Patch Cake isn’t a strawberry recipe, but it’s topped with strawberries!
And in case that isn’t enough strawberry recipes, because I know how much you love strawberries, here are a few of my favorites that I have shared over the last few years: Strawberry Fruit Leathers, Easy Strawberry Sweet Rolls, Fresh Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake, & Dark Chocolate Strawberry Scones with Strawberry Drizzle.
- Crusty Baguette
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Goat Cheese (4 oz) (softened)
- 1/2 Cup Sliced Strawberries
- Fresh Basil (Chiffonade)
- First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice your baguette bread & place them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Then brush each side with olive oil & sprinkle the tops with salt & pepper.
- Bake the baguette for 15-20 minutes until golden, flipping the baguette slices halfway through to ensure both sides cook evenly.
- Once golden & slightly cooled, spread softened goat cheese on each baguette, & top with sliced strawberries & fresh basil.
- And finally, drizzle balsamic on top & enjoy!
- *1. If you prefer thickened balsamic (as pictured) simply pour the balsamic in a pan & bring it to a simmer at medium heat, then reduce the heat to low & let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened. I reduce between 1/4 & 1/3 cup, but it depends on how much balsamic reduction you desire.
What is your favorite way to fresh strawberries?
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With love, G
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.