Goat Cheese Crostini with Pomegranates Bacon and a Balsamic Glaze

Bacon + Pomegranates + Balsamic Glaze

These crostini balance creamy goat cheese with bursts of pomegranate seeds and savory bacon, all topped with a balsamic glaze.

Pomegranate Season

Goat Cheese Crostini with Pomegranate and Balsamic

Winter is the best time to treat yourself with pomegranates as they are in season from October – February. They are such a crowd pleaser and the majority of people have no idea how to open one so bonus points for having a new party trick! I like to throw them in salads and desserts or sprinkle them over savory dishes like this one for a sweet contrast. If you are vegetarian you can still enjoy this appetizer, just omit the bacon for an equally delicious bite (pictured above). See the FAQ at the end of this post for tips on how to open this exotic fruit. 

My Most Popular Appetizer

Whenever I’m asked to bring an appetizer to an event, this is usually the one my friends are asking about. Lucky for me, it’s easy to make and only has five ingredients. Bring this to your next potluck and impress everyone, including yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Goat Cheese Crostini with Pomegranate Bacon and Balsamic

  • What’s the easiest way to open a pomegranate? The way my dad and grandma taught me is the easiest way for me. In Morocco, we always cut off the bottom and the top of the pomegranate first. Then, you take your knife and cut the pomegranate in fourths, ONLY cutting into the skin and not through the entire fruit. These cuts will allow you to pull the fruit apart into four pieces. Then gently peel the seeds from the quarters. Don’t forget to wear something that can get a little dirty – pomegranate seeds stain! 
  • Do I have to make the balsamic glaze myself? NO! Cut yourself some slack if you need to and buy a bottle. They are inexpensive, keep for a long time and are becoming easier to find. I get mine at Trader Joe’s

Don’t see your question answered above? Shoot me an email! I love interacting with readers and hearing new questions helps me grow as a chef and teacher.

Before We Get Started…

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This recipe does not contain the following allergens:

 Tree Nut Free Soy Free Egg Free

Shellfish Free  Fish Free Peanut Free

Goat Cheese Crostini with Pomegranates Bacon and a Balsamic Glaze

  • Servings: 4-6 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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To make the balsamic glaze, pour 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar into a saucepan and reduce to 1/4 a cup. Set aside to cool.


1/2 cup balsamic vinegar or 1/4 cup balsamic glaze (see note for recipe)

1 baguette 

5 strips cooked bacon

1 cup goat cheese

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (1 pomegranate is more than enough)


  1. Cut cooked bacon strips into thirds or quarters. Slice baguette into small crostini slices, spread with goat cheese and toast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Place a small piece or a few pinches of crumbled bacon on each piece of baguette. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over crostini and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  3. Enjoy!


Author: Salima's Kitchen

Salima Benkhalti is a personal chef in Portland, Oregon. Contact with inquiries about private events, meal plans or taking cooking classes at salimaskitchen@gmail.com !

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