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An impressively simple appetizer (or a weekday lunch).

Pam Lolley

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Credit: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
toast:
10 mins
cool:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
10
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Easy, beautiful, delicious. Those are the three criteria we use in selecting a perfect spring appetizer, and these Strawberry-Goat Cheese Crostini check every box.

The toasted baguette, smeared with tangy goat cheese and topped with sweet, lightly macerated strawberries with just enough heat from the jalapeños, delivers an explosion of fresh flavor. The final garnish of mint ties all the various notes together, creating a well-rounded appetizer that looks as good as it tastes.

This recipe may only call for a few ingredients, but each brings a key flavor to the final product. Jalapeño for slight spice, lime for tang and zing, honey for sweetness, and mint for a blast of fresh, herbal flavor. This recipe is also easily customizable based on what you have in your fridge. No goat cheese? Go for ricotta. Out of limes? Sub lemon juice. The touch of jalapeño brings this strawberry-forward appetizer in a more savory direction, without overwhelming you with heat. If you want to dial up the heat, use the entire jalapeño. A handy tip for seasonal produce shopping: Before purchasing berries in a plastic container, flip it over to check for any bruised fruit.

While your baguette slices are toasting, set out your goat cheese to soften on the countertop, which will make it easier to spread. The riper the strawberries, the more vibrant and flavorful your crostini will be—but overripe berries will turn to mush when you try to slice them. Use those in a cooked application, like our Roasted Strawberry Compote or Cakey Strawberry Cobbler.

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut French baguette into ¼-inch-thick diagonal slices; place on a large baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until lightly toasted, about 10 minutes. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.

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  • Stir together chopped strawberries, minced jalapeño chile, honey, fresh lime juice, and kosher salt in a small bowl.

  • Spread about 1 rounded tsp. softened goat cheese on each baguette slice. Top goat cheese with 1 slightly rounded tsp. strawberry mixture. Sprinkle with chopped fresh mint.

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