The holiday season may be over, but for some reason the party season seems to keep going for the first few months of the year. Perhaps it’s the football playoffs or perhaps it’s because people aren’t ready to let go of that holiday fun feeling. Either way, I always find myself looking for the perfect tasty appetizer to serve my friends and family this time of year.
I’m known as somewhat of the party guru in the circles I run in. Though I usually peg myself as an introvert, when I’m in my element (i.e. anything related to food), I become this social butterfly. Thus I have a crazy need to always be feeding people.
It’s a very real possibility that I start to annoy people with my constant desire to fill their bellies, but then they taste something like these avocado goat cheese crostini. The silence that comes when everyone’s eating and enjoying their food is the best sound EVER.
Instead of going straight for the typical fried tailgating food, I am opting for something a little outside the norm this year. Avocado goat cheese crostini are where’s it at for me this party season. The recipe is ridiculously simple, but the flavors are creamy, spicy and powerful. Even as I was setting up the photo shoot for these, I couldn’t resist stuffing one or two (ok, maybe three) in my face before getting down to business.
There’s no denying these crostini are a huge crowd pleaser and when they take less than 15 minutes to make, it’s tough to find a reason NOT to make them for your next gathering.
- 1 large avocado, peeled and pitted
- juice from one lime
- 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and diced
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
- 6 ounces goat cheese
- 1 french baguette, cut into 1/2 to 1-inch thick slices
- Preheat oven to broiler on high. Add the slices of French bread to a rimmed baking sheet and toast under the broiler (keep an eye on it!), approximately 30 seconds per side depending on the strength of your broiler.
- Remove from oven and add the sliced toasted bread to a large platter. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mash up the avocado with the back of a fork until smooth but still a little chunky. Stir in lime juice and jalapeño. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- To assemble the crostini, add approximately 1 to 2 tablespoons of the avocado mixture to a piece of toasted bread.
- Top with cherry tomatoes and crumbled goat cheese.