Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini

Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini {easy appetizer} - girlheartfood.com

~ROASTED STRAWBERRY AND TIPSY CHEESE CROSTINI~

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This Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini is my new go-to summer appetizer! It’s simple to put together and puts a smile on my face every time I eat it. Sliced strawberries are roasted for a bit until they’re caramelized and the flavour has intensified. Then, rosemary focaccia is topped with Gunn’s Hill’s Tipsy Cheese and broiled in the oven for a couple of minutes. Once removed, it is topped with the roasted strawberries, a little arugula, and drizzled with balsamic reduction. It’s the perfect little bite!

Hi, my friends! How have you been? How has summer been treating you? We’ve been grilling a lot and making simple salads and no fuss apps. I must say – I’ve been loving it, especially since our kitchen is staying clean (you should see it when I have a hefty recipe in the works). On second thought, no you shouldn’t.

CANADIAN CHEESE

So, you guys, this is my fourth feature with Dairy Farmers of Canada featuring fantastic Canadian Cheese. You may remember recipes I’ve done in past months, including a delicious grilled cheese, a creamy pasta, and a baked camembert. What I love about Canadian Cheese is its quality. But you know what else? Our cheese producers are as diverse and unique as each of Canada’s provinces (that’s like states for my US friends). My eyes have really been opened to the variety of options we have right here at home. It’s kind of hard to say which cheese has been my favourite so far; I think my answer will vary depending on my mood or the day you ask, but all are awesome. There’s not a cheese I would turn down, lol. What’s your favourite type of cheese?

TIPSY CHEESE

The cheese I am using today for this Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini is ‘Tipsy’ (cute name, right?) It’s made by Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, a small artisan cheese plant located in Oxford County, Ontario. To make their handcrafted cheese, they use milk from the neighbouring family dairy farm, Friesvale Farms (talk about local).

Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini {easy appetizer} - girlheartfood.com

Tipsy is a cow’s milk cheese that is modeled after a little known Swiss cheese called Mutchli. Get this – it has been soaked in Palatine Hills Cabernet Merlot for several days so it has a mild flavour of wine infused right in – now you’re talking!

Tipsy is aged for only six weeks and it is relatively mild in flavour. It melts extremely well, which is one of the reasons why it works perfectly for this recipe; I’m pretty sure it would be amazing in mac-n-cheese too…or, just eating straight up (like I have done about 10pm at night). Remember, this is a no judgement zone πŸ˜‰ The rind is edible too – less wastage, more good eatin’. Tipsy pairs well with lighter white wines like Riesling. It also goes lovely with Lager Beers; it’s nice to have options, right?

Being more of a fan of red wine (and considering that Tipsy is soaked in a Merlot), I opted to serve this Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini with a lighter bodied red wine. Plus, the roasted strawberries and balsamic reduction are a little sweeter so I wanted something a little ‘heftier’ to compliment. But, you know what? Drink what you like. This is a super casual app, it’s summer, so you do you!

PREPARATION

For this recipe, I made 8 crostini (you can double or reduce the recipe accordingly depending on how many portions you’re going to need). I used about two cups of strawberries and sliced into thirds; then I tossed with a little sugar. I baked them for about 25-30 minutes, watching carefully that they didn’t burn. Once roasted, the strawberries have a super intense flavour! So good! If you are in a pinch, you can make this app with fresh strawberries in their natural form. However, roasting them really adds a little something special.

Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini {easy appetizer} - girlheartfood.com

Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini {easy appetizer} - girlheartfood.com

Place the shredded Tipsy cheese on the crostini and broil for 2-3 minutes (and, of course, watch to ensure your bread doesn’t burn…I totally speak from LOTS of experience here). Top the cheese with the reserved roasted strawberries, 2-3 leaves of arugula and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Enjoy immediately! Easy, right?

Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini {easy appetizer} - girlheartfood.com

LEFTOVER ROASTED STRAWBERRIES?

If you have leftover roasted strawberries, you can make more crostini (which I highly recommend) or you could use them as a topping for ice-cream. You can’t go wrong either way, in my opinion πŸ˜‰

Hope you love this Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini made with yummy Canadian Cheese!

~D

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Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini
This Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini is my new go-to summer appetizer! It's simple to put together and puts a smile on my face every time I eat it. Sliced strawberries are roasted for a bit until they're caramelized and the flavour has intensified. Then, rosemary focaccia is topped with Gunn's Hill's Tipsy Cheese and broiled in the oven for a couple of minutes. Once removed, it is topped with the roasted strawberries, a little arugula, and drizzled with balsamic reduction. It's the perfect little bite!
Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini {easy appetizer} - girlheartfood.com
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
crostini
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
crostini
Ingredients
Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini {easy appetizer} - girlheartfood.com
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. In a bowl, toss sliced strawberries with sugar and pour onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until reduced and slightly caramelized. Be careful not to burn. Carefully remove from oven.
  2. Increase oven temperature to broil. Place bread on an unlined baking sheet and equally distribute cheese among bread slices (about 2 tbsp. per slice). Broil bread 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to burn. Carefully remove from oven.
  3. Top cheesy bread with reserved roasted strawberries, 2-3 leaves of baby arugula and drizzle with balsamic reduction ( a little goes a long way). Enjoy immediately.
Recipe Notes

You can find balsamic reduction in the vinegar section of your supermarket or you can make your own.

To make your own balsamic reduction,Β  mix 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar with 1 tbsp. of maple syrup in a heavy bottomed sauce pan on low heat for 12-15 minutes until reduced slightly and mixture coats the back of a spoon.

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58 thoughts on “Roasted Strawberry and Tipsy Cheese Crostini

  1. Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

    Perhaps, brushettas and crostini are one of my favorite summer things (Well, I make it all year round, but that doesn’t have that often as during summer). I do love both savory and sweet ingredients to top my bruschettas, and certainly I love to combine them together. Strawberry and cheese make a delightful combo!

  2. Shashi at Savory Spin says:

    Haha – lady, you are not the only messy cook – you should see my kitchen when am done with even a simple recipe – one of these days I’ll master the art of cleaning as I go – but more fun than that is indulging in these tipsy cheese and roasted strawberry crostini! I am so fascinated by that tipsy cheese – omgeee- I need to look for this around here!

  3. Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com says:

    Tipsy cheese – what a cute name and how amazing look your crostini, will certainly give them a try. I have to admit I have not roasted strawberries before but the caramelized bit sounds amazing and I love sweet and savory combinations! Using quality ingredients is such an important part of cooking and I can totally see myself on the patio with a glass of chilled Riesling and a few of these appetizers! Have a lovely weekend, Dawn!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      It is, isn’t it? You’d love the roasted strawberries, Miriam, and these crostinis and love your idea of pairing with chilled Riesling πŸ˜‰ Have a wonderful weekend too!

  4. David @ Spiced says:

    I totally love trying new cheeses! Seriously. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. πŸ™‚ And this Tipsy Cheese sounds awesome. We’re not all that far from Ontario, so I wonder if I can find this one in our area? I’ll keep an eye out! I also love how you used this one. Roasted strawberries sound incredible, and I would gladly eat these crostini for a light summer dinner…along with a glass of wine, of course! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe, Dawn!
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  5. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    You are not going to believe this…J & I just had some wine soaked cheese for the first time at a local Italian market yesterday. We bought a big chunk of it to bring home and ate almost the whole thing in one sitting! I’m going to go back for more so I can try your recipe. Fruit and cheese together is the BEST! And so is grilling…and summer πŸ™‚
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  6. Marissa says:

    You’ve been doing the best cheese posts, Dawn! This is just mouthwatering!! I’ve never had roasted strawberries, but I can imagine that it really deepens their flavor and makes them even sweeter – then paired with cheese and toasted bread?! Sign me up!
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  7. Jolina says:

    I am seriously loving all the cheese recipes! I think we have THE BEST cheese πŸ™‚ And I especially like this tipsy cheese because tipsy! That’s one I haven’t had before. And those crostinis look gorgeous. Lovely for company (though honestly why share? LOL!) Another great recipe Dawn! Have a wonderful week!

  8. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    I love roasted fruit – especially strawberries! And you must know this is a dish after my own heart! Anything set atop crostini gets an A+ from me – but this just might warrant two! (++) I see my appetizer game taking on a sweet and beautiful glow with these lovelies! Pinned! Have a wonderful week, my friend! XOXO
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  9. Milena | Craft Beering says:

    Anything with tipsy in the name works for meπŸ˜‹, but when it is cheese – even better! I do have an affinity for cheese treated with wine:) Love this simple crostini recipe, there are so many strawberries at the market these days, would love to try it out. Pinning. To summer and all of its food & drink delights!
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  10. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    Total confession, you had me at tispy cheese! I was all like, “ohhhhhh WHAT is that?!” I wrote it on my grocery list to try and find it here in NC… keep your fingers crossed I can get my grubby little cheese loving hands on THAT! YUM! Speaking of yum – this appetizer!!!!! YAAAAAAS! This is just perfect, Dawn! I love that you roasted the strawberries!! I could totally just devour a platter of these with a few glasses of wine and call it the best dinner of my life. πŸ˜‰ Gimme dat! Pinned! Cheers, sweets! XOXO
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  11. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Tipsy cheese…I love it! What a fun name! There are SO many different cheeses out there and it’s so fun to try them! I’m all about strawberry crositini, and this one is calling my name for breakfast! Love that you roasted the strawberries, Dawn! And yes to all the wine with this pretty app. I’ve got tons of fresh strawberries, so I need to try this out. Pinned! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

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