This month is my First Blogiversary! Yay! (For food).
It’s been an adventure learning about all aspects of composing a recipe, blogging (especially all the behind the scenes tech/coding stuff), taking pictures (how do angles and lighting work?), and using social media.
I’m still learning (boy, am I ever!) about well… everything, but I’m excited about where the blog is at and where it's headed.
For all the readers/recipe seekers out there, thank you so much for reading my posts, commenting, and for trying out my recipes! I get so excited that someone would want to make one of my recipes. It’s like I’m the kitchen with you. Is that creepy?
Basically, it makes my heart feel super happy.
I’ve gained so much feedback, both positive and not-so-positive… It’s all good because it gives me the opportunity to improve and create recipes that I hope that even more people will enjoy. Seasonal, quick and easy recipes! :)
As always, if you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to reach out on social media or send me an email!
Just for fun (by page views):
- My most popular recipe overall: Strawberry Cucumber Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- My most popular dessert overall: Classic Lemon Blueberry Loaf Cake
- My most popular recipe right now (October): Roasted Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Potstickers
- The one I wished was bit more popular: Jalapeño Maple and Sausage Skillet Cornbread
Anyway, back to the recipe. Let’s celebrate with Balsamic Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini! A lovely appetizer, party snack, or tasty finger food if I say so myself.
It’s sweet, salty, tangy, bread-y, and full of flavours and textures! Plus, they look fancy without having to put in too much hard work.
By roasting the grapes with balsamic vinegar, it softens them, they get really juicy on the inside, and brings out their natural sweetness. The balsamic vinegar gives it a nice mild sweet and tangy flavour too.
The soft goat cheese is creamy and tangy. I added some sweet, nutty pecans, and honey to the goat cheese as well. The flavours contrast beautifully with the roasted grapes. The mint on top adds a nice fresh, herb flavour and colour.
The quick oven-toasted bread is golden-brown and perfectly crunchy. I like to cut the baguette slices relatively thick (about 1/2 inch) so the crostini is easy to pick up (it stays intact) and eat with your hands.
Now, this recipe tastes best warm, but the great thing is that you can heat up any leftovers. We had a few crostini with dinner one night and warmed the rest up in the oven for a few minutes the next day. Even though this recipe only takes 30 minutes, it's one of those appetizers that's okay to make ahead.
All the ingredients! Amounts and instuctions are listed below.
The red grapes are roasted, the baguette slices are toasted, and the goat cheese mixture is combined together!
Now to assemble the tasty crostini.
Crunchy bread, creamy goat cheese, and soft, juicy grapes!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comments what you think!