Farmer’s Market Crostini
This Farmer's Market Crostini uses all the best local produce you can buy at this time of the year – celebrate summer with this easy and delicious appetizer!
This Farmer's Market Crostini is one of my all-time new favourite recipes. Seriously though – I'm even considering adding it to my birthday dinner line-up. Now let me tell you something about my birthday: I was born on a long weekend. So basically, ever since I was a kid, people have almost always been unavailable for parties and get-togethers on or near my special day. Oh, the August long weekend? Yeah, I'll be up north at the cottage. Oh, I'll be away on vacation. I've heard it all!
So every year, my birthday has turned into this long and drawn out string of multiple celebrations, especially as I've gotten older and especially as my groups of friends have separated. In fact, this year alone I have birthday plans for three weekends in a row. I know, I'm spoiled. 😀
Obsessed with food as I am, a large part of my birthday plans always revolve around food. And since my birthday falls on the Civic holiday Monday this year, my family and I will be going out for dinner on the holiday Sunday and then planning a gourmet night in on the Monday – and I get to choose the menu!
If you know how picky I am, then you'll know that including these Farmer's Market Crostinis in the celebrations means that I find them especially tasty and worthy of the ultimate birthday dinner menu. While I'm still planning out the final menu like the superstar chef that I am *sarcastic voice*, I do know for sure that I will be serving this Deep Dish Smarties Treatzza Pizza – if you missed this baby I posted it a few days ago. Definitely worth checking out!!!
I was initially unsure of what to name this crostini, but found some inspiration from all of the local farmer's markets in the area. Now is a better time than ever to go out and buy fresh local produce – we're nearing the middle of summer and harvest season, and I feel especially fortunate that I'm located so close to so many different farms out in Hamilton to buy all things fresh and local. If only we had such an amazing variety of veggies all year long!
The trick to this Farmer's Market Crostini is to throw everything on the grill and get the veggies nice and caramelized ahead of time. If you don't already have a big veggie grilling basket suited right for the grill, I highly recommend you get one – it's all we use when grilling veggies in the summer because you can literally throw everything right in at once. Super handy!
So will you be trying this Farmer's Market Crostini recipe? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook if you end up making this little taste of summer! You know it's a big deal when I have a new favourite summer app! Mostly because I'm obsessed with appetizers and already have so many favourites…
Farmer's Market Crostini
- 1 baguette sliced on a diagonal
- Olive oil
- 1 small log soft goat cheese
- 1 ear of corn grilled and sliced
- 1 zucchini sliced and halved
- 1 small red onion sliced
- 1/2 red pepper chopped
- 2 smaller portobello mushrooms sliced and chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Sliced fresh basil or other herbs optional
- Preheat grill to med-high heat. Brush corn with olive oil and grill for 4-5 min until both sides are a bit charred. Remove corn from grill and slice once cooled.
- Chop and prepare all other veggies besides tomatoes, tossing with about 1 tbsp of olive oil and a bit of salt in a large bowl. Add to a vegetable grilling basket or a foil pouch and grill for about 7-8 min. Remove from heat and toss with corn.
- Meanwhile, slice baguette on a diagonal and preheat oven to 450 F. Brush baguette with olive oil on one side and bake in the oven for 4-5 min until crispy.
- Remove from oven and spread goat cheese on each baguette. Top with grilled veggies and sliced cherry tomatoes. Put back in oven for another 3-4 min then remove. Garnish with sliced fresh basil (optional) and season with salt and pepper, then serve!
If you wanna know where to find me on my birthday, I'll be out on the patio with a plateful of these allllllllllllll to myself.