These little crostinis are topped with goat cheese, almonds, rosemary and honey. They’re a perfect combination of flavors and textures, and make an awesome appetizer for entertaining! This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions are my own.
Hey all! Happy New Year! And Merry Christmas since– you know– it’s been a while. As I do every year, I had good intentions of blogging through the holidays. But once I got my hubby home from deployment and started enjoying the company of family and friends, I didn’t really want anything to do with the interwebs. Sometimes you’ve just got to enjoy living in the moment, and the holidays are the perfect time to do that.
We also took a fun little road trip last week (more on that soon), and since I’m totally paranoid about leaving expensive things in my car, my computer stayed home. I’m sure some of you kept up with me on Instagram and Snapchat (@jessfuel). It was a nice little break, and now I’m back!
Did you guys do much holiday entertaining? We had a couple little get togethers and parties, and attended a few others. I made lots of cookies, desserts and appetizers throughout the season. One standout was these amazing little crostinis with goat cheese, rosemary, Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds, and a little extra drizzle of honey. They were tangy and sweet, and the rosemary gave them such great flavor.
The crostinis were perfect little holiday appetizers, but let’s be real– they’d be perfect for entertaining any time of year! I’ll probably be making these again soon since just looking at the pictures has me drooling all over again!
- 1 French baguette
- Olive oil
- 8 oz goat cheese, at room temperature
- 1 tbsp honey, plus more for drizzling
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tbsp chopped Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds, plus more for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice baguette into ¼-inch thick slices and place onto baking sheets. Brush each side of each slice lightly with olive oil. Bake until just browned and toasted, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on pan.
- In a bowl, combine goat cheese, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp chopped rosemary and 2 tbsp chopped almonds. Stir well to combine.
- Spread each baguette slice with a thin layer of goat cheese mixture. Top with extra almonds. Drizzle with honey and serve!
Speaking of almonds… right before Christmas we visited friends who live in Paso Robles. We love heading out there because it’s wine country and–hello– wine tasting! Our friend just got a new job at a winery called Derby Wine Estates, so she took us out there to tour the place and sample some wine. The winery is in an old historic building, and it turns out that it was originally a Blue Diamond Almond processing plant! In the 1930’s, the area started growing less almonds and more grapes and it was turned into a vineyard/winery. There are still lots of old photos up from the Blue Diamond days, and they even have an event room called the Almond Room in memory.
It was fun to see all the history of the building. And the wine was good too! Cheers to almonds and wine. 😉
Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says
These crostini sound so tasty! Glad you had your hubby home for the holidays, that makes it so much better =)
Thanks, Shelby! It was the perfect Christmas present. 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Happy New Year, Jess! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! These crostinis look just perfect. I love bite sized appetizers like this, especially ones with almonds and goat cheese. I think I could eat this entire batch!
Thanks, Gayle!! They were sooo yummy!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
Happy New Year, Jess! I totally know what you mean about taking a break. Good for you for enjoying your hubby, friends, and family during the holidays. That trip to the winery sounds super fun and I love the historical aspect of it!
Thanks, Rachelle! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, and it sounds like you had a nice break for the holidays! These crostini look so delicious — I love the whole sweet and savory thing! And I cannot get enough rosemary! 🙂
Thanks, Marcie!! Yes! Rosemary is one of my faves. I have a huge bush in my yard and I love having a neverending supply! It grows really well in Cali, so if you don’t have one you should definitely plant one. 🙂 It grows year round and just gets bigger and bigger.
Simply wonderful, great flavor and texture. Love it.
Happy New Year, Jess! So glad you had a nice break and your husband was home for the holidays! 🙂 Love adorable apps like these! The rosemary honey almond combo sounds perfect!
The almonds and goat cheese and rosemary sound great together! I really like this flavor combination. Happy New Year!
Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen says
I’m so glad you were able to spend time enjoying family and friends over the holidays! We all need a break sometimes.
These little bites have all of my favorite flavors! I love that you combined the sweet, crunchy almonds with the creamy goat cheese.
I love making crostini, they’re the perfect little food and so versatile too! These look absolutely delicious, I love that you added some rosemary in with the goat cheese. The honey and almonds are a perfect touch!
Amy @ fearless homemaker says
Oh, I love sweet-and-savory little appetizers like these, especially if a little cheese is involved. =) Perfect party appetizer!
Thanks, Amy!! They were so yummy!
Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven says
I haven’t made crostini in FOREVER and these little beauties are seriously calling my name right now! Rosemary is my favorite herb and I’ll bet it’s perfect with the tangy goat cheese! These are definitely making an appearance at our next get-together. Or maybe a midnight snack beforehand?? 😉
Yes!! They are great for any time of day. 😉 Fresh rosemary is the best!
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Happy New Year Jess!! Don’t you love these honey roasted almonds?!! I am crazy about them these days and I love the idea of crostinis using these!! Yummy!
Yes!! So yummy!! Thanks, Ami!
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says
Happy New Year, Jess! I think it’s so good to have some time off from blogging, although I am such a phone addict…ugh. New Years resolutions, right? These crostinis look just perfect. I love the sweet/savory combo!
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I love the flavor of rosemary with goat cheese. And the crunch of some almonds! This crostini sounds so good! 🙂
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
I’m so glad you got some time to kick back and relax over the holidays! We all need some time away sometimes. This sounds like such an awesome combination!