Green Olive, Goat Cheese and Basil Crostini for Valentine’s Day #SundaySupper



Valentine’s Day is on Thursday and I don’t know about you, but we are pretty excited over here. . . probably the most excited? My 5 year old daughter, Phoebe.  Her kindergarten class is, of course, having a little party and will be decorating cookies, playing games, enjoying some treats and collecting Valentine’s Day cards from her classmates. Could it get any better?


I actually love all the pink and red craziness that you see everywhere now. . Truth be told, I’m a sucker for the pink, red and white m&m’s. And I think I especially enjoy this holiday now because of my girls. .  I love seeing the holidays through their eyes. And because I am trying to channel my inner DIY craftsy-side more and more, I couldn’t resist sharing these Valentine’s Day cupcake flags from Sew. Craft. Create. . . aren’t these adorable? I will be making cupcakes and other goodies and using Heidi’s adorable cupcake flags.


My husband and I stay home on Valentine’s Day and eat dinner here with the girls. I can’t remember the last time we went out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. .  probably before we had kids.  These days, I very much prefer cooking and eating at home. . that’s not to say I don’t enjoy a date night with my husband at least once a month where we get a baby sitter and actually get to enjoy a meal with each other.  How often do you have a date night with your spouse or significant other?  I can’t believe we almost went an entire year without regular date nights.  We let work, the kids and our busy schedules get the best of us but now we know these date nights are good for us, the kids, our family and our marriage. I know this now and you’d better believe that I always make sure we have the sitter booked and everything scheduled!


I wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day this year. These Green Olive, Goat Cheese and Basil Crostinis are one of our favorites and are so simple and easy to make. We will be eating these before dinner and this for dessert.


I hope you are able to enjoy some time with your loved ones and – even though I enjoy Valentine’s Day mainly because of my kids now – let’s remember we don’t need a day to remind us we need to express our love and appreciate the special people in our lives . . .  we should be doing this everyday.







Green Olive, Goat Cheese and Basil Crostini
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 5-6

  • ½ baguette, sliced ½ inch thick and toasted
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil + more if needed (split)
  • Picholine, Manzanilla or other green olives, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • Black kalamata olives, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • ½- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic (use however much you want)
  • ¾ cup soft goat cheese (6 ounces); soft goat cheese if preferred so it’s easily spreadable but a little chunky works too (whatever you can find at the store and prefer)
  • about 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar + more if needed
  • ½ cup basil; torn for garnish

  1. To prepare the toasted baguette: Heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan on the stove over medium-high heat and place baguette pieces there. Toast until bread becomes golden brown; flip and toast both sides until crunchy.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the chopped olives, olive oil and garlic
  3. Assemble: Spread each slice of toasted baguette with 2 teaspoons of the goat cheese, top with 1 tablespoon of the olive mixture, splash some balsamic vinegar over each one and top with the torn basil. Arrange the crostini on a platter and serve!

Recipe adapted from Food and Wine.




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54 Responses to "Green Olive, Goat Cheese and Basil Crostini for Valentine’s Day #SundaySupper"

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  1. The Ninja Baker

    February 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Wonderful pick for a Valentine’s party or any soirée =) Goat cheese is somehow so elegant (and great for those who are dairy sensitive.) Thank you for sharing your recipe, Alice.

    P.s. Appreciate the link to the cupcake flags, too. So cute!

  2. Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite

    February 10, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Oh my goodness you paired some of my husband’s favourite things all on a crostini, he would love this for a Valentine’s treat.

  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    February 10, 2013 at 3:42 am

    I could live on stuff like crostinis, especially with goat cheese! I never paired them with olives and basil but it´s a perfect idea, and they look soooo good Alice, just the thing to open up your appetite. I think holidays when you have kids are much more enjoyable. Happy Valentine´s!

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  5. Hezzi-D

    February 10, 2013 at 5:27 am

    I’m all about any bread appetizers. Now you go and add goat cheese and olives? MMMMM.

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  16. Shannon @VillageGirlBlog

    February 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Olives and Goat Cheese are one of my favorite combinations! I could make a meal of this. Yum!

    • hipfoodiemom

      February 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Shannon, me too! In fact, the last time we ate these, I just ate these for dinner!!! Practically ate the whole platter myself! 😛

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  19. krayl @ An Appealing Plan

    February 10, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Some of my favorite flavors all in one dish. Can’t wait to make it!

  20. Amanda @ Marocmama

    February 10, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Olives and goat cheese – love those two combinations!! Great appetizer!

  21. Conni @FoodieArmyWife

    February 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Mmmmm…I LOVE olives and I love goat cheese. These look fantastic!

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  25. The Wimpy Vegetarian

    February 10, 2013 at 10:45 am

    This looks fantastic! Right up my alley – in fact I’d like to make them for a pot luck I’m going to tomorrow. Love!

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  28. Shelby | Diabetic Foodie

    February 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Such a great-looking appetizer. I’m such a sucker for goat cheese!

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  30. Soni

    February 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    A great idea for Valentine’s Day!Loved your preview pic on Facebook and finally got to see the recipe!Love the addition of Balsamic Vinegar with the Olives and Garlic not to mention Goat’s Cheese!!!Yumm…

  31. Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba)

    February 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Mom would like this with black olives, nobody here likes the green ones though. Goat cheese is a definite plus

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  33. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    February 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    What a great appetizers for a special night. We always cook at home with our son too. We save date nights for other times when places aren’t so crazy!

  34. Katie

    February 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    You totally have my heart with this recipe. Funny enough; I am not a fan of back olives, but I LOVE green ones…this is perfect!

  35. Susan

    February 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    My olive and goat cheese loving husband would love these (and so would I!)

  36. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom)

    February 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Some intense flavors up in here…I LOVE IT.

  37. Stacy

    February 11, 2013 at 3:07 am

    We are going to stay home and have a special meal too, and here’s the good thing: The weekend in Dubai is Friday and Saturday so we can start off with cocktails. I am thinking a dirty martini would go perfectly with your gorgeous crostini! Can’t wait!

  38. Katie

    February 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Oh my these look so good! I absolutely LOVE olives so i know i would love this oh and my hubby too!

  39. Heidi

    February 11, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Thanks for the feature!! :) and I need to channel my inner-cook! :)

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  41. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    February 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    You have the sweetest family, Alice. Your girls are unbelievably adorable. I don’t blame you at all for missing out on date night for a year because you wanted to be at home with them. But you’re absolutely right – you and your hubby need to carve time out for yourselves to enjoy each other. These crostinis look amazing, as everything else you cook does. Happy Valentines Day!

  42. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife

    February 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    These look delicious!

  43. Natalie

    February 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Oh my so delicious! Great flavours!!

  44. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    February 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    This definitely looks mouthwatering. I’m a carboholic and you have a lovely ingredients in this!

  45. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    February 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Great tip about the date nights. We will have to be sure to keep this in mind once we start having kids. I can see how things could easily get too busy to take time for our relationship. Thanks!

  46. Bea

    February 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I absolutely agree with you. Seeing Valentine’s Day and all holidays through the eyes of our kids is just so much fun. I actually just love that everything is pink…yes, I admit to my love for all things pink :)

    These crostini looks fantastic :) – Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family ~ Bea

    • hipfoodiemom

      February 14, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Thank you, Bea! :)

  47. Liz

    February 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    What a marvelous crostini topping! LOVE this combination…I hope to try it for company :)

  48. Cindys Recipes

    February 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    great choices for a crustini! Love it.

  49. Tara

    February 15, 2013 at 11:53 am

    That is totally making me drool. How wonderful!!!

  50. Anne @ Webicurean

    February 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    This sounds delicious! (and your pix are mesmerizing!)

  51. Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP)

    February 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Sign me up! I love olives and goat cheese! So delicious together and on crusty bread….oh my! I’m droolling! LOL

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