Goat Cheese and Avocado Bruschetta with Hot Pepper Jelly

And the queen said,

“I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.”

Of course by queen I mean Beyonce, and by said I mean preached.

(Obviously, I still have a Superbowl hangover.)

But you are ready for this jelly, because hot pepper jelly really elevates this simple appetizer of toast, mashed avocado, and goat cheese – some of my favorite things to eat, really.

Did I say appetizer? I meant this is an appetizer that can easily pass off as dinner, because you’ll be helping yourself to several pieces, and by then you’ll be so full you’ll only have room for a glass of red wine. (And some dark chocolate squares for dessert.)

But back to the jelly.

I received a jar of homemade hot pepper jelly from my co-worker David and his wife Susan, and it’s safe to say that this jelly has slowly made its way up to my list of favorites preserves (after strawberry jam and orange marmalade).

I usually buy mini jars, and serve it as part of a cheese plate when I’m hosting a small dinner, like this:

(aged gouda, homemade pimiento cheese, mini pita rounds)

or this:

(aged gouda again, marinated mozzarella balls, flax seed crackers, dried figs, fresh strawberries)

Then I started making grilled cheese sandwiches with hot pepper jelly for lunch, and cheese quesadillas with hot pepper jelly for dinner, and last week while I was catching up on episodes of  Watch What Happens Live and Elementary (anyone else likes that show? And yes, I know, weird combo), and one of my friends said he was coming over, I decided to whip up hot pepper jelly appetizers.  Appetizers that eventually turned into my dinner.

I must also admit that I was still thinking of the fabulous goat cheese bruschetta we had at Pizzeria Posto a couple of weeks ago.

(photo by my friend Dave, who is one half of the chic Boston Street Style blog)

I’ve written about Posto a couple of times already, and I always order the goat cheese bruschetta every time I’m there.  The last time we were there, we also tried a beef tongue pastrami bruschetta that was really good, too.  If you are looking for a nice Italian restaurant with very reasonable prices, you should head over to Somerville and check out Pizzeria Posto.

My goat cheese bruschetta is made from slices of a mini French baguette, brushed generously with olive oil, then toasted in a hot oven.

I mashed an avocado, seasoned it with salt, pepper, and a pinch of chili pepper flakes, and slathered it on. I topped the bruschetta with goat cheese and finished it with the homemade hot pepper jelly, which had the perfect balance of sweetness, tartness, and spice. I haven’t tried making my own version yet, but Averie has a thorough recipe for Hot Pepper Jelly.

Hot pepper jelly is usually served on top of cream cheese, but I like it better with slightly sharper, tangier cheeses. I am also planning on making pork chops with it, and another batch of these appetizers again for the better Superbowl in three weeks.

Goat Cheese and Avocado Bruschetta with Hot Pepper Jelly


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 mini baguette (or 1/2 baguette), cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 avocado
3 oz goat cheese
2 tablespoons hot pepper jelly
salt, pepper, and chili pepper flakes to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Brush olive oil on both sides of the bread pieces, then toast for 5 minutes.
  3. Mash the avocado and season with salt, pepper, and chili pepper flakes.
  4. Top baguette slices with mashed avocado, goat cheese crumbles, and hot pepper jelly. Serve immediately.

Did you watch the Superbowl? I watch it every year for the ads and the half time show (and sometimes, the Patriots). I thought Beyonce’s performance was spectacular!


30 Responses to “Goat Cheese and Avocado Bruschetta with Hot Pepper Jelly”

  1. #
    Jenny @ BAKE posted February 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

    it looks like you’ve put all my favourite things on one plate! I’m so excited about trying this recipe!

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    Erin@LawStudentsWife posted February 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

    So hot pepper jelly on goat cheese + toasted baguette is one of my all time fave apps (or hey dinner).Never thought to put it with avocado though.NICE!

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    Joanne posted February 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I had a savory hot red pepper jelly cheesecake at one of my friend’s weddings a few years ago and I’m still dreaming about it. And so shall I dream about this bruschetta. Swoon.

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    Megan posted February 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I would SO make a dinner out of this. Looks awesome! I half watched the game and commercials but spent a lot of time in the kitchen yesterday. Took a break to watch Beyonce of course!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted February 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Love these easy, elegant little appetizers! They look SO good!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted February 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    YUM! I am not generally a jelly person, but there is something about hot pepper jelly that works.

  7. #
    Meghan posted February 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I love pepper jelly. These look really delicious.
    I watched halftime!

  8. #
    Ashley posted February 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Avocado, goat cheese, hot pepper jelly, toast? Definitely some of my favorite things! I’ll be devouring these soon, I’m sure.

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    Parita posted February 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Oh wow! This looks so good! My husband would love hot pepper jelly…everything he eats has to have a certain level of spice to it! I’ll have to look for it in the specialty store near our house. :)

  10. #
    Michelle Collins posted February 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I love everything about this recipe. Hot pepper jelly is one of my favorite condiments!

  11. #
    CCU posted February 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I am really enjoying your use of hot pepper jelly :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. #
    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted February 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I LOVE hot pepper jelly and am always looking for new ways to use it. This sounds like a great combo!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted February 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I bought pepper jelly from Trader Joes and have been trying to figure out how to use it…this looks amazing! I definitely need to eat more avocado, so yummy.

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    Jen @ Savory Simple posted February 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    This looks just fantastic!

  15. #
    Megan posted February 5, 2013 at 10:47 am

    These look like THE best appetizers anyone could serve! So good.

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    Honey What's Cooking posted February 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I’m not a goat cheese person, but this looks gorgeous. I would totally use another soft cheese. the hot jelly pairs so well with soft cheese, YUM! yes, i’m all about turning apps to dinner. :)

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    Taryn posted February 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I would never think to put these ingredients together, but I love them all separately so I bet this would be tasty! I’ve got all the ingredients at home so I’m totally giving it a try. Thanks for the idea!

  18. #
    Sacha posted February 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    The best gifts are food gifts. I would have been so excited to receive the homemade jelly. You made a great app with it!

  19. #
    kale posted February 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    you’re hilarious! preach, B. preach.
    everything looks scrumptious. love grazing foods. nom nom nom!!!

  20. #
    Simply Life posted February 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    oh what a creative combo of ingredients!

  21. #
    Patty posted February 6, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I love appetizers for dinner-your avocado goat cheese toast would make a tasty meal, that’s for sure :-)

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    Sues posted February 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Best idea! Two of my favorite things :) I kind of sort of watched the Super Bowl but was exhausted from traveling all day and just couldn’t get into it like I usually do… Even the commercials!

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    The Squishy Monster posted February 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    You’re hilarious!! I love this recipe, too. I would gobble up like dozen and not even have any regret about it!

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    Tracey posted February 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Oh my – there is absolutely nothing at all I dont like about this recipe. I cant imagine how many I would actually eat in one go. Love it!

  25. #
    Valerie posted February 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Oh, this would be perfect for dinner tonight! (And for the snow storm that’s about to hit!)
    There’s always room for red wine. Always. :D

  26. #
    Kailey (Caffeinated Runner) posted February 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I have never had a spicy jelly but with goat cheese – I feel like you can’t go wrong!
    PS – Beyonce NAILED it. I’m still not over her performance haha

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    Tiffany posted February 8, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Hold on, whats that noise??

    Oh, the voice of angels singing because this is the most genius idea I’ve heard in a while. I am a fan of all things goat cheese, avocado and hot so this is my dream appetizer (that I wouldnt share with others). Adding this to the list–nicely done :)

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    val posted February 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Yum, I just made something similar the other day that I’m going to post next week. But, your version blows mine away. I love the addition of the pepper jelly.

  29. #
    shannon posted February 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

    these sound amazing!! intrigued by the avocado on there- this is definitely a must try :)

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    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings posted February 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    This is some serious appetizer / dinner! Some of my favourite foods all together one colourful and mouthful (I must say) package! Superb! Would eat this any time of the day!

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