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Today I’m sharing these goat cheese crostini with fresh berries. It’s an easy, fresh appetizer recipe that can be adapted to use whatever fruit is in season, and they’re the perfect bite for entertaining friends.
I made them for my monthly girls’ night last week, and decided to try a new-to-me red wine to go with. So I picked up a bottle of Dreaming Tree Crush by The Dreaming Tree Wines. It’s a quality, California red that’s totally affordable. And it was the perfect wine for our relaxed get together.
Over the past few years, my friends and I have actually made a switch when it comes to our girls’ nights (are we too old to call them that now??). Instead of going out the restaurants, we’ve started taking turns inviting friends over to our respective houses.
Not only is it more economical, but it usually ends up being way more fun. There’s no time spent waiting for a table, no shouting over the noise of the restaurant, and it’s a way more relaxed atmosphere.
We can talk and laugh and catch up for as long as we want – and we never need to worry about the waitress telling us that someone needs our table.
Plus – it’s the perfect excuse for appetizers.
For our last girls’ night, I made these goat cheese crostini with fresh berries. The crostini were the perfect bite sized appetizer. (Not too heavy, and so easy to make). And anything with goat cheese is always a big plus in my book.
To make the crostini, I first cut up a french loaf into slices and then lightly broiled them in the oven. I whipped the goat cheese with a little cream cheese so it’s lighter, and then topped each slice of bread with the goat cheese mixture & fresh berries.
You can use whatever fresh fruit is in season – like pears, strawberries or blackberries, and then a little drizzle of organic honey really makes the flavor pop.
For the wine, I went with red & a white (because you need options) and got a bottle of The Dreaming Tree Crush & The Dreaming Tree Chardonnay from the grocery store on my way home from work. You can also find The Dreaming Tree Wines your local drug store or supercenter – or you can always go to their website here to find where they’re sold in your area.
The Crush isn’t too heavy and was super delicious with a hint of raspberry, and we all really enjoyed the Chardonnay because it wasn’t overly sweet.
What really impressed me about The Dreaming Tree Wines is the brand’s social conscience: they use sustainable wine-making practices, and have donated over $1M to environmental programs. I like to support brands with ethical business practices – so it’s so nice to find a wine that’s not only delicious, but also works to minimize its environmental footprint.
Needless to say, the girls’ night was a huge success. The conversation & laughs were fantastic, the goat cheese crostini were delicious. And having a glass of The Dreaming Tree Crush was the perfect addition.
Goat Cheese Crostini
- 1 French bagette
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 10 oz goat cheese
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 12 oz strawberries , sliced
- 1/4 cup honey
- Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
- Slice the bagette into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Brush each side with olive oil and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes in the preheated oven, then flip to the other side and bake for 5-7 more minutes.
- In a medium bowl beat together the goat cheese and cream cheese to form a smooth mixture.
- Spread each slice of bread with the goat cheese mixture. Then top with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey.