Goat Cheese Crostini with Blood Orange and Black Pepper Marmalade

I spotted this idea in Bon Appétit a couple of years ago and fell instantly in love. I’ve been making the marmalade regularly since then, as often as I lay my hands on organic blood oranges.

Adapted from Bon Appétit.

Makes about 6 servings


  • Crostini made from 1 French baguette
  • 8 oz soft unripened goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 small organic blood oranges (1½ pounds)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Juice of ½ small lemon
  • ¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper


Using a vegetable peeler, remove the orange peel (orange part only) in strips from 3 oranges. Cut the peel into 1/8- to 1/4-inch pieces and place in a medium saucepan. Using a sharp paring knife, peel the remaining 3 oranges, removing bitter white pith completely. Cut the white pith from the first 3 oranges as well. Working over a small bowl to catch juices, cut between the orange membranes to release the segments. Squeeze any remaining juice from the membranes into the saucepan. Discard the membranes. Coarsely chop the orange segments and add to the saucepan along with any juices. Add the juices from the bowl to the saucepan as well. Stir in the honey, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer, stirring often until it’s reduced about in half and thickened, about 20-25 minutes. The temperature should be around 220F. Cool and store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. Consume within a week.

To serve, spread each crostini with the goat cheese and top with the marmalade. It’s terrific.

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23 Responses to “Goat Cheese Crostini with Blood Orange and Black Pepper Marmalade”

  1. wow, what an unexpected combination – gorgeous photo :)

  2. Oh goodness love love LOVE! Sounds and looks positively scrumptious and right up my goat-cheese-lovin’ alley.

  3. Oh! so simple and gorgeous! love the flavor combination!!

  4. Wow that marmalade sounds fantastic! Great combo of flavors!!

  5. damn damn damn it…I cant fin blood oranges ANYWHERE. You think since I live in Florida the would be everywhere..but nope

  6. Sounds like a brilliant combination, I have blood oranges downstairs at the moment, I must pair them with some goats cheese.

  7. I wish blood oranges were sold here in Singapore. I would so love to try out this recipe. Everything looks so delish and gorgeous that I just want to grab at it. (Have to tell myself,”it’s not real, it’s not real”!)

  8. un vrai fetsin

  9. I LOVE goat cheese paired with fruits and this marmalade sounds fabulous!!

  10. That’s a mean crostini, Vera! How I wish we got blood oranges here. Your photos are delightful, as always.

  11. OOHHHHH looks so delicious.

  12. i love goat cheese…and orange..another yummy recipe you have there

  13. oh my! i need some of that marmalade NOW! looks so beautiful!

  14. Yay! I love the combination. It has to taste heavenly! Great idea! And wonderful photo… :)



  15. the perfect combo! i love this post, really delicious, cheers from london

  16. Blood oranges are awesome. They rich colour makes them the perfect cooking ingredient.

  17. Thank you all very much for the comments! I greatly appreciate it!

  18. Oh, Vera. Sometimes these posts are really tough to see. Like this one. Here I am past blood orange season, while this recipe looks So Good and delightfully easy. Sigh. I “favorited” the post. For when they come back in season…next year!

  19. what an amazing combo. love this.

  20. i like the combination of colors. great pictures. and the recipe looks delicious.

  21. Pedro Pereira on July 5th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve done it. It’s wonderful. Thnak You.

  22. These look divine. Crostini’s make for marvellous appetizers. Pair that with the exquisite flavor of blood oranges and creamy tang of goat cheese, and I just don’t know how to describe this recipe other than AMAZING!!!

  23. Hey Jo, saw blood oranges at Fair Price Finest Thomson Plaza just a few weeks back, hopefully they still have them!

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