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Easy and elegant Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Crostini is simple to prepare, but sure to impress. They pack a fabulous combination of seasonal flavors into one little bite, and the vibrant colors also look gorgeous on a platter of appetizers for any holiday or party. You’ll love the combination of creamy and tangy goodness with just the right amount of crunch!
Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Crostini
I just love both the flavor and color combination of butternut squash, pomegranate, and goat cheese together. It’s an elevated taste brought together in a beautiful but simple way.
Cuisine Inspiration: Italian-American
Primary Cooking Method: Oven
Dietary Info: Gluten-free, Nut-free
Skill Level: Easy
Why You’ll Love Goat Cheese Crostini
Here’s why you are going to enjoy this recipe:
- Perfect for any occasion. Easy enough to throw together before the big game or in the rush of getting ready for the holidays, but elegant enough for a special Valentine’s Day dinner or Oscars party hors d’oeurves.
- Make as much you need. You can use a small roll to make hors d’oeurves for two or an entire baguette to feed a crowd.
- Quick and easy. If you roast the butternut squash in advance, yu could literally be throwing them together as your guests are coming up the driveway.
- Adaptable to a gluten free diet. All you need to do is make or buy gluten free baguette. The other ingredients are naturally gluten free.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here is a quick overview of what you’ll need to assemble this easy appetizer. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full amounts and detailed instructions.
- Baguette. If you need a gluten free option, you can make my baguette recipe, or pick up one from a brand such as Schar or BFree.
- Goat cheese. Plain or try a flavored variety such as honey or herb goat cheese.
- Roasted butternut squash. I like to use my plain and simple roasted butternut squash, but for some extra flavor, you can use cinnamon and honey roasted butternut squash or make it in your air fryer.
- Pomegranate arils.
- Aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction. You can buy a bottle or make your own by simmering balsamic vinegar till it is thick and sticky.
How to Make Goat Cheese Crostini
Preheat your broiler and slice the baguette into 1/2-inch thick slices. Now let’s make the crostini.
- Toast the bread. Place bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil on one side for a couple of minutes until lightly toasted, then flip and toast the second side. Watch carefully so that it does not burn!
- Assemble the crostini. Spread goat cheese on each bread slice, then top with butternut squash cubes and a small spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.
Enjoy right away! I do not recommend storing leftovers because the bread will get soggy.
These goat cheese crostini are perfect to add to a charcuterie board with some Apple Chutney and Candied Spiced Nuts or combine with other gluten free appetizers as part of a festive hors d’oeurves spread. Here are some holiday favorites:
Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Crostini
All amounts are approximate.
- 12 slices baguette about 1/2 inch thick slices
- 8 oz. goat cheese
- 3/4 cups cubes of Roasted Butternut Squash
- 6 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
- aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction purchased or make your own
- Preheat your broiler and place bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Place bread under the broiler for 1-3 minutes until lightly toasted, then flip and toast the second side. Watch carefully so that it does not burn!
- Spread about 1-2 Tablespoons goat cheese on each bread slice. Top with about 1/4 cup roasted butternut squash cubes and a small spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.