Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pistachios

Creamy mascarpone whipped cream and crunchy pistachios are the perfect match for jammy roasted strawberries.  Served on a toasted crostini, these are easy to whip up ahead of time and assemble just before you’re ready to eat.  This will be your go-to springtime appetizer.

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If you haven’t roasted strawberries yet, you’re in for a real treat.  There’s something about the roasting process that intensifies the berries and when you toss them with balsamic vinegar beforehand they get all caramelized and a little charred.  It’s just another way to make the most perfect berry (in my opinion) even more stellar.  I love how the juices get all jammy, too….there are so many ways you could use the strawberries but we’ll start with this one.

 Roasted Strawberry Crostini with Mascarpone Whipped Cream | The Suburban Soapbox

Here’s the story….I had a bunch of strawberries I needed to use before we left for Walt Disney World.  I also had some leftover sliced baguette in the freezer just begging for attention.  Strawberry crostini seemed like a good idea but let’s face it….it’s been done a million and one times.  I’m sure my version has several variations as well but I will tell my self that I’m unique and different for the brilliant idea of roasting my strawberries after a little shower of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  This is, after all, the best food blog in the world.  Right? (I’m kidding….but hopeful. 🙂 )

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I knew I wanted pistachios and mascarpone cheese in the mix so I chopped up a handful of nuts and made sure they were all over the kitchen minutes before my neighbor walked in with her son….who has a nut allergy.  He is allergic to every.single.nut.  So, basically, my kitchen was like a biohazard to this poor little boy who I shuffled out the back door into the yard while I was screaming, “Don’t touch anything…don’t touch anything!”  Can you tell we live in a calm and peaceful manner here at The Soapbox.

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Mascarpone Whipped Cream | The Suburban Soapbox

I wanted a whipped cream that wouldn’t turn into a puddle after a length of time….so mascarpone cheese came to the rescue to help stabilize it a little bit. It also lends its rich creaminess to the sweet/tart roasted berries……it’s sort of like constructing a modern strawberry shortcake.

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Mascarpone Whipped Cream | The Suburban Soapbox

You can make everything in advance and store in airtight containers for up to 48 hours.  Refrigerate the berries and cream….room temp for the crostini.  Assemble right before serving BUT I don’t mind when the strawberry juices have some time to seep down into the crostini.  I’m sure your guests won’t mind either.

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pistachios

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crostini
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 281 kcal
Author: Kellie

Sweet roasted strawberries are a perfect match for the mascarpone whipped cream.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups strawberries cut in half (large berries can be quartered)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 baguette cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream chilled
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the strawberries with 1 tablespoon olive oil and vinegar. On a baking sheet lined with parchment, spread the strawberries in a single layer and roast for 10 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, stir the strawberries and roast for an addition 5-10 minutes. Transfer the berries to a bowl and cool to room temperature.
  3. Brush both sides of the crostini with olive oil and line on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 5 minutes or until golden and then turn the slices over. Bake for an additional 5 minutes and then transfer the bread to a cooling rack.
  4. Using a hand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the cream, mascarpone and sugar until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  5. Assemble the crostini by placing 1-2 tablespoons of strawberries on a crostini round. Top the strawberries with 2 tablespoons whipped cream and sprinkle with pistachios. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pistachios
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Potassium 145mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11.6%
Vitamin C 26.2%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

35 comments on “Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pistachios”

  1. I’ve never roasted strawberries before, but they sound drool-worthy. In fact, I want this in my belly right now. Perfect party treat (for non nut-free guests;)

  2. That sounds delightful! While, I’m not a pistachio fan, but roasted strawberries & balsamic vinegar…yum!

  3. This looks delicious and so fancy!!!!

  4. Hi, I just saw your link on the SITS page and I just fell in luv with this. I have not yet roasted strawberries but after reading your post I’m just going to have try it. We love crostini and bruschetta and using mascarpone is a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. Pinning.

    Joanne

  5. Great recipe, lovely photos! Stopping by from SITS!

  6. These look so good! Strawberries and pistachios are such a fabulous combination. I might even add a bit of black pepper into the marscapone, (minus the sugar) for a savory version of this!

  7. Oh my goodness, this looks so fantastically decadent! Strawberries and balsamic vinegar go so well together, don’t they?! And WOW, add marscarpone and pistachios and this must be the best appetizer ever!

  8. OMG this just sounds (and looks) simply amazing!!!

  9. Seriously??? Those look so delicious!! Love the added pistachios to it for the crunch. BTW-photos are Amazing too!!!

  10. You had me at mascarpone! And pistachios. Looks fantastic!

  11. This looks amazing! This would be a perfect after dinner sitting on the porch munching and sipping tea dessert
    Stopping by from The Sitts Girls Link up!
    Jessica from http://www.sparklesandglue.com

  12. Seriously drooling! Not only are your recipes amazing but your presentation and photography of them is awesome!

    • Thank you so much, Laura. I’ve been working on my photography skills for the past year so my posts will look more like the real thing. Less like dog food more like people food. 🙂

  13. Yum, yum, and yum! I have been wanting to use mascarpone because they use it on Chopped all the time. Here’s an excuse for me to try it. Pinned! Visiting from SITS link-up.

  14. These look delicious! I love this idea…so rich and full of great flavor…thanks for sharing!

  15. What a unique recipe – it looks so good! I will give it a try. Have a great weekend!

  16. These look amazing! Glad to have found your blog from the SITS link-up!

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