Looking for a delicious small bite for a wine party or other gathering? This is a unique yet simple recipe that makes delicious use of fresh cherries – and that jar of balsamic vinegar you bought on vacation last year.

Sauteed cherry and goat cheese toasts. A fancy yet crazy easy appetizer!

I’m all about “fancy” appetizers that take 5 minutes to throw together and don’t cost a lot of money.

Who isn’t?!

I recently bought a big container of cherries from Trader Joe’s.

As much as I love snacking on fresh cherries, I couldn’t finish the entire container before the expiration date. So I decided to make these lovely little toasts. Totally last minute and totally thrown together.

Sauteed cherry and goat cheese bruschetta. A simple appetizer that takes minutes to make!

These little appetizers are perfectly balanced:

  • Sweetness from the cherries
  • Creaminess from the goat cheese
  • Tang from the balsamic vinegar
  • Crunch from the crostini

Crostini are the perfect canvas for all types of toppings. Just start with crostini, add some soft cheese (ricotta or goat work well), and get creative with your toppings:

Entertaining on a budget: Use crostini

Here’s to easy appetizers that scream fancy.

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Sauteed cherry and goat cheese toasts. A fancy yet crazy easy appetizer!

Sauteed Cherry and Goat Cheese Toasts

Yield: 10 toasts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 56 minutes

I buy goat cheese at ALDI for $1.99 a package. I used balsamic vinegar from one of those olive oil and vinegar shops. While the oils and vinegars at these shops aren't cheap, per se, I sometimes splurge and buy a bottle of two when I'm on vacation. There's nothing better than an edible souvenir!


  • 1 small loaf crusty French bread
  • Olive oil
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pits removed
  • Balsamic vinegar


  1. Make a batch of crostini using this recipe.
  2. Top each slice of toasted bread with a bit of goat cheese.
  3. Cut cherries in half. Saute cherries in a bit of olive oil for 1 minute, just until the cherries begin to soften. Remove from pan. Place two to three cherry halves on each piece of bread. Drizzle with a bit of balsamic vinegar and serve.

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