Pancetta & Goat Cheese Crostini for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Holidays, Recipe, SundaySupper | 33 comments

This week’s #SundaySupper theme is Reflections and Resolutions. Fitting right? It is that time of year when we sit down and reflect on the year that has passed and set resolutions/goals for the new year ahead. For me, this past year has been filled with many new and exciting things. 2013 has been a year of transitions. I accepted a new position with the school district that I work for. It has been a wonderful experience and I am truly thankful for it, but it also cemented the end of my role as a stay at home mom. My oldest has gone off to high school. This is still strange to me. My baby will be in middle school next year. This Christmas was the first year in my life as a mother, where there were more clothes and shoes under the tree than toys. All transitions, one phase of life into another.


This dish that I am sharing is an appetizer. It represents all that I am looking forward to in 2014. An appetizer as a New Year’s Resolution? Yes… stay with me for just a moment while I explain. It is made with a bakery fresh baguette, pancetta, goat cheese, olives, radishes, fresh herbs… fresh, fresh, fresh.  There are no highly processed ingredients. This year, 2014, I am getting back to my unprocessed way of life. Fresh foods, simplicity, all the things that I enjoyed when I was a stay at home mom. Things that I sometimes got away from when I transitioned back to work. After having this transition time, I am looking forward to a year of settling into my new phase in life, embracing it and growing from the experience.


Pancetta & Goat Cheese Crostini


  • 1 Baguette (sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds or on an angle)
  • 1/4lb Pancetta
  • 16oz Goat Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives
  • 3 radishes (sliced thinly)
  • Basil (leaves sliced into ribbons for garnishing)
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch fresh cracked black pepper


Step 1
I begin this simple dish with pan frying the pancetta.
Step 2
Once your pancetta is crispy, Remove and let drain on a paper towel. Save the fat in the pan.
Step 3
To your slices of bread, Brush with the Pancetta dripping and toast on a cookie sheet at 375F. This takes around 10 minutes to be golden brown but keep an eye on them to watch for burning.
Step 4
Into a bowl, I add the goat cheese and the salt and pepper. Mix well to incorporate the flavors. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Step 5
Time to assemble the Crostini. To each toast, spread a layer of goat cheese. Next, add crumbles of pancetta, thinly sliced radishes and olives and to finish top with basil ribbons.

I could seriously live on this kind of appetizer. Why don’t I? That is a good questions. It makes me want to drink lots of red wine and talk loudly… maybe just maybe my Italian ancestry is showing? It is such a simple appetizer but the flavors really meld well together and would compliment any main course you are serving. These are great for just appetizer and cocktails kind of party too. Or, have them for lunch, which is what I did.

Pancetta and Goat Cheese

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  1. 12-29-2013

    I love both your gorgeous crostini AND your resolution, Shannon. I feel so much better when I eat nothing processed. Happy New Year, my friend!

  2. 12-29-2013

    A great appetizer and a great resolution you have made for the coming year. May the New Year bring you much success and happiness.

  3. 12-29-2013

    These little crostinis look delicious! Happy New Year!

  4. 12-29-2013

    What a gorgeous appetizers with so many ingredients that I love. It is perfect for a New Years Eve Celebration with friends and family.
    It has been such a pleasure getting to know you in 2013. Thank you for all your help and support. It meant the world to me. Looking forward to sharing many #SundaySupper meals Around the Family Table in 2014!

    • 12-29-2013

      I swear, one day I am making a meal out of just appetizers. lol Thank you so much Isabel! It has been such a great experience joining your movement of #SundaySupper. Cheers to 2014!!

  5. 12-29-2013

    I adore the radishes you added here for crunch. Beautiful appetizer!

  6. 12-29-2013

    A lovely appetizer, Shannon! Happy New Year!

  7. 12-29-2013

    This sounds fabulous!! Pancetta and goat cheese is a match made in heaven! Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  8. 12-29-2013

    I love the addition of the radishes for their bite. It’s really a great combination with the goat cheese. And I’m totally in agreement with your resolution for 2014. I go more unprocessed every year, and feel so much better for it!

    • 12-31-2013

      I love fresh foods. I love my garden. Right about now, I am really starting to miss all the fruits of summer. Happy New Year!!

  9. 12-29-2013

    I love how you’re resolving to get back to eating more natural, unprocessed foods. I’m taking such inspiration from all the resolutions I’ve been reading today. This too is one I must add to my growing list! Your recipe looks fresh and delicious! Happy New Year!

    • 12-31-2013

      Thank you! This whole group is so inspiring. I have loved reading through all the resolutions too. Happy New Year!!

  10. 12-29-2013

    Yummy…great appetizer Shannon! I love goat cheese and these would be great with bubbly! Happy New Year!

  11. 12-29-2013

    I love crostini! So many options on toppings and yours sounds delicious. Congrats on your new position at school!

    • 12-31-2013

      Thank you! I am loving working in the Library in addition to the reading support that I do with k-5th grade. The students are just hands down awesome. It makes life nice when you love what you do. Happy New Years!!

  12. 12-29-2013

    Shannon, these looks simply delicious and I would love these for an appetizer at any party. Happy New Year to you and your family ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  13. 12-29-2013

    I love fresh, unprocessed foods. Great resolution!

  14. 12-29-2013

    I love the way you made a connection between your dish and your resolution! An “unprocessed” way of life is the way to go! And it aint so bad when you’ve got goat cheese crostini with you :)

    • 12-31-2013

      Thank you! Who needs store bought crackers when you can toast fresh bread with a bit of pancetta love on there? lol :)

  15. 12-30-2013

    Your crostini’s look just incredible!! Love goat cheese!

  16. 12-30-2013

    I *love* goat cheese in anything, this would be a great app

    • 12-31-2013

      Thank you! The goat cheese and the olives are just classic combination in my book. Yum! Happy New Year!

  17. 1-2-2014

    I was so busy with family and planning the holiday parties that I didn’t see this until now. I am so bummed because this would have been perfect for our New Years Eve party. Pinning for later because they sound incredible.


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