Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini with Olives – “Bug Bites”

Crostini with whipped goat cheese and olives is a fun, easy and impressive little snack that your entire family will love! With California Ripe Olives, these little bug bites are sure to impress!

Spider Bites - Crostini with whipped feta and olives are the perfect after school snack!

Food is fun! I honestly never get bored with food because there is always a new recipe or flavor combination to try. Making food fun for kids is a great way to expose them to new foods or simply enjoy the food that they already love. I’m not very artistic, but I love having a little fun with food. I combined some of my favorite ingredients and created the perfect little appetizer or snack. Whipped goat cheese, bread, basil and California Black Ripe Olives create fun little “bug bites.”

California Black Ripe Olives are versatile, kid-friendly, and perfect for the back to school season. They provide a pop of color, texture and flavor to meals. I love layering them over pizza and salads. I even love creating fun after-school snacks like this whipped goat cheese crostini with olives. This fun little snack couldn’t be any easier to make. Just slice a few olives and arrange them over the top of the goat cheese to resemble a spider, beetle or other bug.

You can even use sundried tomato whipped goat cheese or crackers instead of the crostini.

Spider Bites - Crostini with whipped feta and olives are the perfect after school snack!

California Ripe Olives are kid-friendly and the perfect option for creating tasty and creative food art for the back to school season. These little bug bites would also be perfect for an upcoming Halloween party.

California Ripe Olives are grown on over 1,000 multigenerational family farms that crisscross the warm insland valleys of California and processed by two family-owned canneries. I always have a few cans sitting in my pantry ready for a fun little bug creation.

Spider Bites - Crostini with whipped feta and olives are the perfect after school snack! Spider Bites - Crostini with whipped feta and olives are the perfect after school snack! Spider Bites - Crostini with whipped feta and olives are the perfect after school snack! Spider Bites - Crostini with whipped feta and olives are the perfect after school snack!

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Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini with Olives – β€œBug Bites”
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Ingredients

  • 6 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil plus more for bread
  • 1/2 French baguette, sliced thin
  • 1 cup California Black Ripe Olives
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine goat cheese, cream cheese, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a food processor. Whip for 1 minute until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. Brush both sides of the bread slices lightly with olive oil. Toast until the bread is just golden brown. Divide whipped goat cheese evenly among bread slices.
  3. To make bugs, cut the olives in half lengthwise. Place one half of the olive cut side down on top of the whipped goat cheese. Cut the other half of the olive into slices vertically. Position olive slices around halved olive to form the legs of spiders, beetles or other bugs. Repeat to create the remaining bugs.
  4. Sprinkle chopped basil, salt and pepper over crostini, to taste. Serve immediately.
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Spider Bites - Crostini with whipped feta and olives are the perfect after school snack!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.