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This Balsamic Italian Sausage Crostini is cut into triangles and topped with pan-seared Italian Sausage, whipped Goat Cheese, and balsamic relish |

Balsamic Italian Sausage Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 10 crostinis 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Holiday,
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian


This crostini is topped with crispy pan-seared Italian Sausage, whipped Goat Cheese with a hint of garlic, and finished off with a caramelized balsamic shallot relish.


  • loaf of ciabatta bread, halved lengthwise (you will have to long pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots, peel removed and halved
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, diced
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 italian sausages
  • 1/4 cup chives, diced
  • optional: balsamic reduction to drizzle on top


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. To make the Balsamic Shallot Relish: In a small bowl, add shallot and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Place shallots on a baking sheets or baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and roughly chop. Add chopped shallots to a small bowl with remaining tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, pinch of salt, and fresh thyme. Toss to mix. Set aside.
  4. To make the whipped goat cheese: add goat cheese, cream cheese, and garlic powder to a food processor. Blend until smooth and combined. (if you don’t have a food processor put everything in a bowl and use a hand mixer) Set aside.
  5. To make the italian sausage: heat a medium skillet to medium high heat. Add italian sausage, cook sausage for 3-4 minutes on each side (all four sides) until browned on all sides. Remove and let sit.
  6. To make the bread: Preheat oven to high broiler. Drizzle olive oil on the inside of the bread. Place on a baking sheet and place under broiler for 4 minutes.
  7. Remove bread from the oven.
  8. Slice Italian Sausage into 1/4″ coins
  9. Assemble the Crosinis: Spread the goat cheese mixture evenly on each loaf, top with balsamic shallot relish, and italian sausage. Garnish with chives and more fresh thyme.
  10. Slice and serve!
  11. Optional: drizzle with homemade balsamic reduction for a fancy finish


  • Serving Size: 1 crostini
  • Calories: 333
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 586 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Cholesterol: 22 mg

Keywords: crostini