[1] A feast for the eyes as well as the palate: crostini with a goat cheese-ricotta spread. The recipe is below (photo © DeLallo).

Rosemary Olive Oil
[2] Add more flavor with garlic- or herb-infused olive oil (photo © Alta Cucina Italia).


Your family and guests won’t believe how easy it is to make this appetizer or snack: crostini with a “fully loaded” goat cheese spread.

Put a twist on the standard appetizer spread with a creamy goat cheese spread, a drizzle of flavorful oil and your favorite antipasto ingredients.

We simply went online and ordered the antipasto ingredients from DeLallo, purveyor of fine Italian groceries (they also provided the recipe).

The recipe serves from two hungry people to 6-8 adults seeking just a bite with a glass of wine.

It’s a crowd pleaser that certainly brightens up the day!


  • 8-ounces ricotta
  • 8-ounces soft goat cheese
  • DeLallo Fresh Garlic & Pepper Antipasto or substitute
  • DeLallo Grilled Artichoke Halves or substitute
  • DeLallo Pitted Olives Jubilee or substitute
  • DeLallo Castelvetrano Olives or substitute
  • DeLallo Roasted Red Peppers or substitute
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • DeLallo Extra Virgin Avocado Oil (substitute EVOO or flavored EVOO)
  • Crostini (recipe below)
  • Optional: crusty bread, crudités

    1. WHISK the ricotta and goat cheese until smooth in a medium mixing bowl. Spread cheese mixture on a serving dish (see photo).

    2. TOP the cheese spread with olives and antipasti. Drizzle oil on top and serve with the accompaniments.


    You can bake the crostini up to a week in advance. Once cool, store them at room temperature in a resealable plastic bag.

    For extra flavor, substitute a flavored olive oil, such as garlic- or herb-infused oil.

    For added heat, chili-infused oil works, too.


  • 1 baguette (8 to 10 ounces), sliced 1/4 inch thick (about 60 slices)
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or flavored olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Optional:

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Arrange the baguette slices on two large rimmed baking sheets. Brush both sides with oil, and season with salt and pepper.

    2. BAKE until golden, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. If the undersides are not browning, turn the slices over once during baking. Cool on the baking sheets.


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