Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese with Crostini

Goat cheese adds a tasty tang to almost any dish. This elegant appetizer is no exception!


  • Baguette, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. coarsely cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 11-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh herb sprigs, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Arrange the bread slices on two heavy baking sheets. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the bread slices. Bake until the crostini are pale golden and crisp, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir the herbs, lemon zest, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl to blend.
  4. Using about 2 teaspoons of cheese for each, form the goat cheese into 1-inch diameter balls.
  5. Roll the cheese balls in the herb mixture to coat completely.
  6. Arrange the cheese balls on a platter.
  7. Drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil over and around the cheese balls.
  8. Serve with the crostini. Garnish with herb sprigs.

Recipe Notes:

The crostini and cheese balls can be prepared a day ahead. Store the crostini in an airtight container at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate the cheese balls.


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