This Sundried tomato and goat cheese crostini recipe is the ultimate appetizer. Rated a 5-star appetizer, it’s the best you’ll ever have.
That’s a big heading is it not? But seriously friends, when I say your family will be scrapping the dish, I’m serious. This easy recipe is that good.
It’s so good, my husband’s family has given this recipe its own name and asked that I bring it to all our family parties. They call it, Diamond Sue’s Dip! After bringing this creamy goat cheese appetizer to many different parties, they thought it should have my name on it.
Feel free to call your goat cheese dip anything you’d like but just a heads up. You’ll probably have to bring this perfect appetizer to every party you go to this summer after your family tastes it!
One of the things I love the most about summer cooking is having the season’s freshest ingredients and fresh herbs available. As we head into the summer season and fresh produce and herbs, such as fresh basil, and rosemary are in abundance, it’s the perfect time to whip up this goat cheese spread.
What goes best with sundried tomatoes?
Sundried tomatoes are best in dips, sauces, appetizers, and over many different types of pasta dishes. Be sure to save the oil that the tomatoes are in and add it to tossed salads, dressings, angel hair pasta, or tomato paste.
I’m using my sundried tomato oil over a fresh dish of angel hair pasta, tossed with fresh chunks of goat cheese, garlic, and fresh parsley.
What pairs best with goat cheese?
Tangy goat cheese pairs wonderfully with fruit, nuts, honey, garlic, red or white wine, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar. That is why my goat cheese and sundried tomato recipe pairs perfectly with this cheese. The recipe calls for balsamic drizzled over the top of the goat cheese with garlic and rosemary.
A match made in culinary heaven.
Ingredients you will need for Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini
10 ingredients you’ll need to make Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini.
- chopped sun-dried tomatoes, (I used one jar of sun-dried tomatoes julienne-cut sundried),
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Goat cheese or (cream cheese may be used as an alternative option)
- Fresh Basil
- Kalamata Olives
- Crostini bread (crackers may be used)
- Salt & Black Pepper
Step by Step Instructions
How to make Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini
You may already have these quality ingredients from your local grocery store right in your cabinet.
Step 1. Spread the softened goat cheese
First, spread the softened log of goat cheese in a circle on top of a round pedestal serving platter.
I like using a beautiful glass dish that has sides or an edge to it. It makes it easier for your guests to scoop the goat cheese spread onto their plates or crostini.
Step 2. Mix the olive oil & balsamic dressing
Next in a small bowl add the extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, then add a tablespoon of the reserved sun-dried tomato oil.
Crush the garlic cloves and add to the mixture. I’m planting my own garlic this year. See how easy it is to grow here!
Finely chop the rosemary. Add to the bowl of oil and vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3. Layer the ingredients on top of the goat cheese
Add a single layer of sundried tomatoes, then a layer of gently torn fresh herbs (basil) on top of the goat cheese spread, Top off with a layer of kalamata olives.
Sprinkle fresh rosemary sprigs.
Step 4. Chill and serve
Chill for 1 hr.
Just prior to serving your herbed goat cheese dip, drizzle the balsamic mixture over the top. Serve with bread slices or French baguette bread, crackers, or crostini.
May be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.
Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini Recipe
- 1 Jar Sundried Tomatoes Julienne cut
- 8 oz Goat Cheese (Optional cream cheese may be used)
- 3 oz Kalamata Olives sliced
- Basil 5 -7 leaves
- Loaf of crostini bread or crackers
- 3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil (1 tablespoon reserved sundried tomato oil)
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- Rosemary several sprigs or to taste
- Salt & Black Pepper to taste
- First, spread the softened log of goat cheese in a circle on top of a round pedestal serving platter.
- Next in a small bowl add the extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, then add a tablespoon of the reserved sun-dried tomato oil.
- Crush the garlic cloves and add to the mixture.
- Finely chop the rosemary. Add to the bowl of oil and vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add a single layer of sundried tomatoes, then a layer of gently torn fresh herbs (basil) on top of the goat cheese spread,
- Top off with a layer of kalamata olives.
- Sprinkle fresh rosemary sprigs.
- Chill for 1 hr.
- Just prior to serving your herbed goat cheese dip, drizzle the balsamic mixture over the top. Serve with bread slices or French baguette bread, crackers, or crostini.
Do I use the whole amount of the balsamic drizzle?
I use several tablespoons one at a time to not over-saturate the goat cheese spread. You can always add more if you like.
May I use any type of soft cheese other than goat cheese?
Yes. Any soft cheese will do. Cream cheese will have a smooth, less tangy flavor for those that may not enjoy goat cheese.
Is goat cheese healthier than other cheeses?
Goat cheese has less sodium and less lactose than other cheeses, which makes it easier to digest, so yes, this soft cheese is healthier. Plus it is filled with good minerals and higher in vitamins.
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I hope you enjoyed this sundried tomato and goat cheese crostini recipe.
Be sure to save this quick recipe for the holiday season. With the red sundried tomatoes and green basil it’s perfect for the Christmas season as well as any time of year.