Otherwise known as pesto goat cheese with fresh tomatoes on….crostini.

I thought the latter was a little long.

Few things scream summer like garden-fresh tomatoes and flavorful pesto.

And few things taste as good as summer tomatoes and pesto made from a fresh bunch of basil. Or you know, pesto from a jar – sometimes convenience rules.

It is the combination that never gets old: basil, tomato and bread. Cheese never hurts.

This summer appetizer is great because it can be made ahead of time and then just compiled when you are ready for it. If you are short on time you can always buy pre-made crostini or use melba toasts.

And I totally used jarred pesto – I just didn’t tell.


Summer Crostini

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: appetizer cheese July 4th Italian summer


Ingredients (12 servings)

  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • 8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4-5 Tbsp pesto
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 baguette
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper


Prepare crostini: thinly slice bread, brush with olive oil and broil or grill until golden brown.

Let goat cheese and cream cheese soften in bowl.

Stir to combine until smooth.

Stir in pesto.

Spread mixture on plate or platter.

Layer chopped tomato on top of cheese mixture.

Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.

Serve with crostini.

Powered by Recipage

11 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ For the Health of It
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    That does look especially summery – and I love the hefty sprinkling of tomatoes on top! I love spreading raw chopped tomatoes across the top of my dips and spreads for some extra veggie action – Im sure it would be a great complement to the zippy pesto!


  2. Mellissa
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    This looks like the perfect deck snack with a glass of wine!


  3. theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I’m guilty of using jarred pesto in my Veggie + Chicken Pesto Penne, but hey it gets the job done! I love the use of goat cheese in this recipe; goat cheese makes everything better!


  4. Kristin
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    Yum, I am drooling!


  5. Alysha @Shesontherun
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    This looks delicious – and perfect for a party.


  6. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    mmmm this sounds delicious!


  7. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    What a delicious combination of many of my favorite ingredients! I wish we could enjoy a plate of these together with a glass of wine!


  8. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Basil has not been doing well in Wisconsin with our excessive heat–looks like I’m going to be using jarred pesto for awhile. :( This looks delicious!


  9. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    I’m not even a fan of tomatoes and that makes me want to shove a bunch of them in my mouth. That’s saying something! :) I love your summery recipes, they always look amazing.


  10. Lori
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    I combine pesto and ricotta a lot, but never pesto and goat cheese. Great idea!


 Leave a Reply

  • Recipes