Topped with prosciutto and cranberry sauce, these whipped goat cheese crostini are the perfect festive appetizer to serve this Thanksgiving or Christmas. With only a handful of ingredients, they are easily prepared in just 20 minutes.
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I couldn’t be happier with how these crostini turned out. 😍
Not to gloat, but I nailed this recipe on the first try. Considering they’re really simple and there are relatively few ingredients that isn’t saying much, but it doesn’t happen often, so yay me!!
In case you’re not familiar, crostini are an Italian appetizer consisting of grilled or toasted slices of bread that are served with toppings. I told you it was simple.
For this recipe, I wanted the bread itself to be really tasty, so I dusted it with black pepper, plenty of garlic powder, and salt. When these slices of heaven exit the oven you will be tempted to eat ’em right up, because they are so darn good as is.
Please resist the urge. It gets much better. Topping off the toasted bread is the whipped goat cheese. Normally goat cheese doesn’t spread very well, but in whipped form, it’s incredibly light, creamy, and spreadable.
Its slight tang pairs exceptionally well with the next ingredient: prosciutto. Although light and delicate, the flavor is anything but. It’s slightly sweet and plenty salty.
Topping off this delightfully festive crostini is a small scoop of cranberry sauce. Although you can use the cranberry sauce of your choosing, I do recommend my cranberry sauce with cardamom.
The sauce not only crowns the crostini, but balances the flavors to create a harmonious appetizer that checks all the boxes: creamy, crunchy, sweet, tart, and salty.
The elements of this dish can easily be prepared up to three days ahead of time, so there’s no need to stress. You can effortlessly assemble them in less than 10 minutes when you’re ready. This makes them a great option for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas when you’ve got 20 other things to prepare.
Ingredients (+ notes & substitutions)
- Baguette: A long narrow loaf of French bread with a crispy crust, which you will slice into 1/2-inch thick pieces. One loaf should yield 20-24 slices.
- Olive oil
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Salt: Any type of salt will do.
- Heavy whipping cream
- Goat cheese: It is important it be softened to room temperature prior, otherwise, your whipped goat cheese will be lumpy.
- Proscuitto: A thinly sliced dry-cured Italian ham. You can find prosciutto in the deli section of most grocery stores with specialty meats and cheeses. A little bit goes a long way, so four ounces is all you will need.
- Cranberry sauce: I highly recommend my cranberry sauce with cardamom. It’s super easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes with only five ingredients. Plus the cardamom is a delicious little twist fit for the holidays.
How to make whipped goat cheese crostini with cranberry sauce ( + tips)
Begin by preheating your oven to 425 degrees.
Brush the olive oil onto both sides of the baguette slices and arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with the ground black pepper, garlic powder, and salt to taste.
Bake on the middle oven rack for 5-6 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove the crostini from the baking sheet and allow them to cool while you prepare the whipped goat cheese.
Using a hand mixer or stand-up mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream at medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes until medium peaks form.
Add the goat cheese and whip another 1-2 minutes, until it is fully combined and there are no lumps.
Spread the whipped goat cheese on the crostini, top with a slice of prosciutto, and a small amount of cranberry sauce. I found approximately one teaspoon of cranberry sauce to be just right, but feel free to add more or less. If desired, sprinkle on some fresh rosemary or thyme, then serve.
Store the elements of this dish separately in airtight containers. The crostini will keep at room temp for up to five days and the whipped goat cheese for several days in the refrigerator.
More appetizer recipes featuring goat cheese:
- Goat Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip with Leeks: This easy one-skillet goat cheese spinach artichoke dip with leeks is made with fresh ingredients, four kinds of cheese including cream cheese, goat cheese, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella, and takes only 20-minutes. Naturally gluten-free.
- Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadews: Goat cheese stuffed peppadews wrapped in prosciutto are a great holiday appetizer that can be prepped ahead. They come together in just 15-minutes, are simple to prepare with just three ingredients, and are gluten-free.
If you make these whipped goat cheese crostini with prosciutto and cranberry sauce I’d love your feedback. Please leave a comment and/or a rating below as I greatly value your opinion. Or snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @taoofspiceblog. Love, light, and happy cooking ya’ll ♥
- 1 baguette, cut diagonally into 1/2" slices (see notes)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 ounces goat cheese, softened to room temp
- 4 ounces prosciutto, cut into 20-24 pieces
- 1/2 cup cranberry sauce (I highly recommend my cranberry sauce with cardamom and orange zest. See notes for recipe.)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Brush olive oil onto both sides of bread slices and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with ground black pepper, garlic powder, and salt to taste. Bake on the middle oven rack for 5-6 minutes until golden brown and crispy, then remove from baking sheet and allow to cool while you prepare the whipped goat cheese.
- Using a hand mixer or stand-up mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream at medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes until medium peaks form. Add the goat cheese and whip another 1-2 minutes, until it is fully combined and there are no lumps.
- Spread the whipped goat cheese on the crostini, top with a slice of prosciutto, and a small amount of cranberry sauce. I use one teaspoon per crostini, but feel free to use more or less. If desired, sprinkle on some fresh rosemary or thyme then serve.
Storage: Store the elements of this dish separately in airtight containers. The crostini will keep at room temp for up to five days and the whipped goat cheese for several days in the refrigerator.
Cranberry Sauce w/ Cardamom
1. Zest the orange then cut it in half and squeeze out 1/4 cup of the juice. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring to a boil the orange juice, water, and sugar.
3. Whisk the sugar until it dissolves then add the cranberries, orange zest, and cardamom.
4. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and gently boil for about 15 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
5. Transfer cranberry sauce to a separate bowl or container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 crostini
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 555mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 8g
The nutritional information provided is computer generated. It is only an estimate and intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition details may vary depending on various factors such as origin, freshness of ingredients, etc