This crostini is the perfect fall and winter appetizer! Sweet caramelized grapes, crunchy garlicky baguette, and creamy goat cheese.
Whipped Goat Cheese:
- 200g goat cheese (about 1 cup)
- 2-3 tbsp milk (I used cashew)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3-4 cloves of Roasted Garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder (see notes)
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp dried thyme
- ¼-½ tsp chili flakes (optional)
- 1 baguette, sliced into thin slices (about 30 slices per baguette)
- Avocado oil in a spray or 1 tbsp oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 cups grapes (seedless if possible)
- Handful fresh thyme springs
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (plus more for serving)
Whipped Goat Cheese:
- Add all the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Start with 2 tbsp of milk and add more if needed.
- Transfer to a bowl or a jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
- Arrange the sliced baguette in a single layer on a baking sheet and spray with cooking oil. You might have to toast the slices in two batches.
- Toast for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden brown. No need to flip.
- When the slices are cool enough to handle, rub them with the garlic on top.
- Set aside until ready to serve.
- Raise the oven temperature to 425F (220C).
- Add the grapes to a baking sheet, they will be easier to serve if you bake them without the vine.
- Add the thyme in between the grapes, a small splash of water, and roast for 10 minutes.
- Drizzle with the honey and roast for 10 more minutes.
- Cool slightly before serving.
- Spread the whipped goat cheese on the toasted slices, top each with 2-3 grapes, drizzle with more honey, and garnish with more fresh thyme leaves if desired.
I'm using roasted garlic from this recipe of mine for the whipped goat cheese because it has a much milder flavor than raw garlic has. If you don't mind the sharp flavor of raw garlic, you can use it but I would only add one clove. I highly recommend roasting some garlic, though! It's super easy and so delicious.
The thinner the baguette slices, the crispier they will be. If you don’t want them to be too crispy, cut them thicker as you would bruschetta.
You can make the whipped goat cheese a day ahead but the baguette and the grapes are best when prepared right before serving. You can toast the slices 1-2 hours before serving and make the roasted grapes when you’re ready to eat.
Keywords: crostini, whipped goat cheese, roasted grapes