Hello fellow corn freaks.

Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese I howsweeteats.com

As you read my rambling words, I’m currently somewhere en route (with a few detours) to the Jersey shore for a few days and… maybe my 30th summer there? I can remember when the two weeks between the end of school and beach used to DRAG on, and now here I am are feeling like the summer is over.


Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese I howsweeteats.com

I spent countless Junes stealing my mom’s ban de soleil orange gelee sunscreen (please tell me someone remembers this) and riding bikes on the boardwalk. Which means that since it’s that time, it is now officially summer for the 13th time on this blog even though it still isn’t officially summer in the real world.

But this is so the real world. Right? whatever.

So, summer crostini!

Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese I howsweeteats.com

I don’t JUST think about smearing orange gel sunscreen on my body and sandy beaches when summer comes along – I sorta think about food too. Yeah. I mean, it’s only the best time ever to eat corn, tomatoes, more corn and more tomatoes. Lots of salt, pepper, corn and tomatoes. Uh huh. It doesn’t get any better than that.

This whipped goat cheese was inspired by my whipped feta, and while the latter is completely perfect, I just didn’t have any feta. So I whipped my goat cheese. With roasted garlic for tonnnnns of flavor. It’s so simple but the flavors are just so good together. They make for an excellent sort of sandwich too, if you’re into that kind of thing.

And it’s still only the beginning of my obnoxious, ridiculous corn obsession. If you think I can’t get enough? Times that by twenty. Grilled, caramelized, fresh – I want it every way. And when it’s combined with some cherry tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil? Yikes. Can’t take it.

Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese I howsweeteats.com


Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese

Yield: serves 4-6

Total Time: 30 minutes


1 baguette, sliced into 16 rounds
12 ounces of goat cheese
2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
1 head of roasted garlic
4 ears of grilled corn, cut from the cob
1 pint of grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and bake until golden, about 10-12 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly.

While bread is baking, add goat cheese, cream cheese and roasted garlic cloves to the bowl of your food processor and blend until creamy.

Toss tomatoes with salt, pepper and olive oil.

To prep crostini, spread each slice with goat cheese then top with a handful of tomatoes, grilled corn and fresh basil. Serve!

Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese I howsweeteats.com

Newsflash: apparently this orange gelee stuff is still around and I can buy some, therefor enabling my can-it-please-be-1995-forever attitude. Mind -> blown.

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86 Responses to “Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese.”

  1. #
    Sophie — June 13, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    I remember when you made whipped feta and my mind was blown. I thought it could not be topped, but I think you’ve just topped it. As soon as I go to the grocery store, I’m buying the ingredients!


  2. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 13, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Grilled corn, goat cheese, tomatoes – say yes to summer! And to these crostini. They’d be perfect with a bottle of wine :)


  3. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 13, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    LOL! Loved this post. I am all about 90s memories but somehow this sunscreen doesn’t ring a bell, even after googling it to see what it looks like. Ah well, these crostinis on the other hand, look like a must have! Whipped goat cheese with garlic!? Sign me up. Corn still isn’t as good as it should be here yet, but I can’t wait for it to really be summer so I can have it raw on salads. Oh. So. Good! Safe travels! :)


  4. #
    Quinn Cooper — June 13, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    Totally on the same page with you about having an obsession with corn. It’s so sweet and amazing. Can go in salads, sandwiches, crostinis, and by itself. I mean it can basically go with anything, well maybe not anything but you get my drift.
    These sound sooo yummy!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style


  5. #
    Becky @ A Calculated Whisk — June 13, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    Ah, I’m obsessed with corn, too! And goat cheese. And roasted garlic. Win-win-win!


  6. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 13, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    One of my favorite summer dishes is grilled corn and tomatoes together! Love it on bread! Simply a beautiful recipe!


  7. #
    Tieghan — June 13, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Um…this is like my perfect meal. Yeah, meal! Pretty sure I would love is THAT much!

    Have fun in Jersey!


  8. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — June 13, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Love this. This is perfect for an appetizer preceding a summer BBQ and for all my goat cheese loving friends!


  9. #
    Simone — June 13, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    This post is completely unrelated to the above. It is just to tell you that this morning as i stopped to get doughnuts [You have to eat two right…?] at what I consider the best bakery around here I got a vanilla with sprinkles and chocolate with sprinkles doughnut to which I preceded to tell the lady that some days it is so hard to stray from them because it is a classic, it is addicting and you learn as a child that everything with sprinkles is better.


  10. #
    Molly @ Baklette — June 13, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Seriously you had me smiling and laughing from the first line.

    xx fellow corn lover!


  11. #
    Anna D. — June 13, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    AAHHH!!! My grandma used to smother herself and then me in that orange gel-ee sunscreen! I still have one of the tubes I took from her house a few years ago. :) Glad it’s not as crazy as I thought. Whipped goat cheese and corn looks phenomenal!


  12. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — June 13, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    Oh my this looks delicious!!!


  13. #
    Katie — June 13, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    OHMYGOSH, the orange ban de soleil orange sunscreen!! I was obsessed. I need to get my hands on some immediately.

    Also, these crostini look perfect. I’d like some for breakfast, actually.


    • Katie — June 13th, 2013 @ 8:45 am

      ALSO, I wish I proofread my comments before hastily hitting SUBMIT. Obviously didn’t mean to say ‘orange’ twice. But I really do love that sunscreen.


  14. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — June 13, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    These look like the perfect summer party appetizers. I could see a huge plate of them on a picnic table while some meats are on the grill and people are milling about enjoying themselves. I think grilled corn is such a summer statement food and it’s beyond delicious. Can’t wait to make these!


  15. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — June 13, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    Fellow corn addict here! I love the combo of goat cheese and corn, I could eat this with some beans and make a great packed lunch


  16. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — June 13, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    Summer food are THE BEST. Have a great time at the shore, but be careful… Apparently we’re getting some gnarly weather today.


  17. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — June 13, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Looks delicious, as always! Have a great time at the beach!!! :)


  18. #
    Kim — June 13, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    This sounds (and looks!) amazing!!! Can’t wait to make :)


  19. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — June 13, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Ahhh I love summer foods like this one. Have fun in Jersey!


  20. #
    Maria Tadic — June 13, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Know what I love most about this? All the colors! it totally screams summer! Yum! And congrats for blogging for 13 yrs?! Nuts!


  21. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — June 13, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I’m loving this as it’s so fresh and vibrant. Whipped goat cheese or feta is at the top of my list. I’ve gotta try it!


  22. #
    Sara B — June 13, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I grew up going to the Jersey Shore too! OCNJ is my jam. Have fun!

    P.S. Whipped goat cheese with roasted garlic = heaven


  23. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — June 13, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Have fun at the shore. Just please don’t come back with any makeup or self-tanning tips from Snooki.


  24. #
    Jenni — June 13, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Nothing says summer like grilled corn. It’s the best! And it looks so pretty with the tomatoes and basil. By the way, I’ve never even heard of this orange gelee stuff. But now I’m intrigued. Hmmm.


  25. #
    Kate — June 13, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    This looks totally yummy but one question that may be silly but I’m not a huge fan of goat cheese and I’m also pregnant so I have to be careful of soft cheeses so I was wondering if I could substitute cream cheese for the goat cheese? Thanks!


  26. #
    FashionEdible — June 13, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Yum! This looks fantastic! Whipped goat cheese sounds amazing.


  27. #
    Susan In L.A. — June 13, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    It’s thick, orange suntan ointment, and I remember the smell vividly, but it’s the furthest thing from sunscreen; it’s skin frying medium. My aunt, who loved it, looked like golden brown leather from that stuff!


  28. #
    Julia — June 13, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Oh my god, these looks so delicious! I think I have all the ingredients right here, so guess what I’m making for dinner :)

    xo Julia


  29. #
    Cristina — June 13, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Whipped roasted garlic goat cheese??!


  30. #
    Stephanie — June 13, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    i don’t know where you’re heading in Jersey, but you should come say hi because i need you in my kitchen.

    also, if you’re anywhere near Asbury Park, you’d probably love Porta for pizza.


  31. #
    Susan — June 13, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    These look delicious but since most of the corn crops are now GMO
    (Genically modified Organisms) I refuse to eat corn! I wonder if you can find non gmo corn?! I wish Monsanto would leave our food alone!


  32. #
    Larry — June 13, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    These look SO delicious! And would be even more delicious with some sort of summer beverage along side… mmmmmmm GIMME GIMME GIMME!


  33. #
    Heather — June 13, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    I wish I was kidding when I say I could literally eat the entire batch in one sitting…


  34. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — June 13, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    Whipped goat cheese sounds like it came from my dreams. A-MAZ-ING. There’s no limits to what I would put that on.


  35. #
    Ann — June 13, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    You are my most pinned blog! And I totally remember that orange gelee sunscreen. My grandmother loved it because she had it with her on her honeymoon and she says the Italians stole it out of her beach bag in Amalfi. I’m pretty sure it didn’t come in anything higher than spf 8. I’m also pretty sure I have an ancient tube shoved in the back of my medicine cabinet.


  36. #
    Eileen — June 13, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    Corn and tomato and goat cheese–perfect! These sound like the best thing to make for a long afternoon of hanging around in the backyard. :)


  37. #
    Laurie E. — June 13, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    I’m so all over this one. Easy and delicous!


  38. #
    Cate — June 13, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    OMG! I use to slather my pasty, Irish skin with Ban de Soleil. I had to hide it from my mom because she wanted me to use, you know, sunscreen!


  39. #
    Kylie @ immaeatthat — June 13, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    I hope your trip is just as wonderful as all the memories! I’m heading to my lake house this weekend and I think everyone there could use a little crostini action in their lives:))


  40. #
    Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity — June 13, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    Oh man. I am so craving this right NOW. Perfection.


  41. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — June 13, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Have a great time at the Shore! This looks like a fantastic recipe to kick off summer, love the corn and tomatoes. Plus, you can’t go wrong with some garlicky cheese!


  42. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — June 13, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

    This really is summer on a piece of toast. Summer toast. Perfect!


  43. #
    Heather Christo — June 14, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    These are so simple, but I am just dying at how beautiful they are. I love this idea. Have so much fun at the shore! you make me crave a vacation :)


  44. #
    Kelly Jo — June 14, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    delicious! This might become my dinner every night for the rest of the summer. And then I’ll need to you to come up with a fall version :)


  45. #
    Aruna Panangipally — June 14, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Lovely, simple recipe… Looks delicious.


  46. #
    V. Grace — June 14, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    Omigosh! Yup! Used to spend Summers w/ friends in Cape May, NJ! AND, I totally used to SMOTHER myself in Ban de Soliel Gelee!!! I used to come home to my Mom, and my skin was so dark, I looked like an African-American child, w/ blonde hair! There were times that she didn’t even recognize me, if we went out grocery shopping or something, afterwards! LOL Those were the days! Now, if I go outside, no matter if I wear sunblock or not, I burn to a crisp, and turn lobster red, and then once the pain subsides, I’m pasty white again… Stupid medication!!!

    Anyway, corn and tomatoes are one of my absolute favorite Summer foods!!! And this looks so yummy! I will be making this very soon! And Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese? Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that? So, as soon as I make my first batch of Iced Tea, it’s officially Summer in my house… I have Peppermint growing in a pot on the porch, and as soon as I clip it and each the leaves thoroughly to make sure there are no buggies in my tea, I brew up a fresh batch of Garden Fresh Peppermint Tea! And viola! It’s Summer! That could be anywhere from April to July, depending on how well my Peppermint grows, or how lazy I’m feeling! LOL! Fresh Iced Tea would go great with this appetizer, ya know? ;)

    Hope you have a lovely time at the shore!


    • V. Grace — June 14th, 2013 @ 9:09 am

      Ugh! I really need to learn to proofread my comments! Each=rinse, when talking about getting the bugs off my leaves! No protein in my iced tea, thank you very much! LOL


  47. #
    Mary — June 14, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    If you find the Bain de Soliel – The orange gelle is now there SPF 4 product. I think when I used this asa a teenager and young adult, SPF wasn’t invented… lol


  48. #
    Shari — June 14, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    I remember the orange gel and used it. I don’t even think it was called sunscreen it was tanning gel. That was before we were scared into using mega sunblock.


  49. #
    Tracey — June 14, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    I absolutely LOVED Ban de Soleil “sunscreen”!! It smelled so good and even kinda gave you a semi-tan glow before you even layed out. How awesome is that? I can’t believe it’s still around…I’ll have to buy some just for the smell! :-)


  50. #
    Diana — June 14, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    i LOVE EVERYTHING about this post! We will definitely try these crostini….they will be perfect after spending a day on the lake!

    I also LOVE that you were crazy about the Bain de Soliel orange gelee! My girlfriends and I used it faithfully! I loved the way it smelled! Brings back so many fun memories!

    LOVE your blog! When I am sitting at my computer and am reading your blog I usually always burst out laughing….so thanks for doing ALL that you do!



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