Breakfast, lunch, and dinner collide in these zucchini and goat cheese breakfast crostini that make for the perfect summer meal, no matter what time of day it is!
zucchini and goat cheese breakfast crostini

Some mornings, I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders.

And then I realize, no!

That’s just the pressure to start my day off with the most right perfect eye-opening kind of meal.

With the alternative being certain death. Obvi.


And by that I mean that embarrassing moment when your boss walks by your desk just in time to see you wipe the drool off your keyboard from where you were napping on it five minutes ago.

Because apparently pie does not a good breakfast make.


I mean, it makes a great breakfast.

Just not if you want to do data analysis for three hours straight.

(I use the word “want” loosely.)


Time to reach for the breakfast of champions big guns.

Bring on the zukes.

They’re taking over our yards, farmer’s markets, and buy-one-get-twelve-free coupons. So we might as well cede breakfast to them while they’re still offering to sweeten the deal with some creamy goat cheese droplets and egg yolk liquid gold. (Do I know how to negotiate, or what?)

And good luck restricting these only to breakfast.  They’re the kind of crostini that refuse to be held down. I think we all know that they’re coming for lunch and dinner next…and I for one don’t intend to stop them.


Zucchini and Goat Cheese Breakfast Crostini
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner collide in these zucchini and goat cheese breakfast crostini that make for the perfect summer meal, no matter what time of day it is!
Yield: 4 servings
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 zucchini, chopped into ½-inch dice
  • 4 pattypan squash, chopped into ½-inch dice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 8 eggs, either scrambled, poached, or sunny side up
  • 2 small baguettes, sliced in half lengthwise and crosswise
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan. Cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the zucchini, squash, salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika to the pan and saute until tender, stirring frequently, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Top the baguette slices with the zucchini and squash mixture, goat cheese, and eggs. Serve warm.
Slightly adapted from How Sweet Eats

For more summery zucchini recipes, check out these:

zucchini crudo

Zucchini Crudo

cannellini beans with fresh basil, tomatoes, capers and zucchini

Cannellini Beans with Fresh Basil, Tomatoes, Capers, and Zucchini

wheat berry salad with zucchini and mozzarella

Wheat Berry Salad with Zucchini and Mozzarella

From Around the Web:

Summer Squash Soup and Cheesy Zucchini Crispies from Food Loves Writing

Deconstructed Manicotti Skillet with Zucchini Noodles from Inspiralized

Zucchini Parmesan from Taste and Tell

Zucchini Biscuit Pie from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Zucchini, Feta, and Mint Quiche from Simply Delicious


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48 Responses to Zucchini and Goat Cheese Breakfast Crostini

  1. Beth says:

    I’m sitting here reading this before I’ve eaten breakfast, and thinking about recreating it with what I’ve got in the fridge. I bet I can!

  2. Krista says:

    Now that is my kind of breakfast – creamy, nourishing, savory, delish.

  3. This is totally my kind of breakfast!! Gah! I want this nooooowwwwwww.

  4. I am a summer squash fanatic. Have to try this because I’m all for adding my dinner and lunch favorite veggie into my breakfast routine.

  5. This is my favorite kind of breakfast! I normally do zucchini and mushroom, but I’m loving the goat cheese and smoked paprika. My office/lab/huge corporation I work for has a policy that you can’t sleep (obviously) or even LOOK like you’re sleeping. Whaaat? Breakfasts like this as a must if I want to keep my job! lol

  6. Jessie says:

    Any way to get veggies at breakfast is a plus in my book, but these crostini are a triple plus! High-five for the most amazing, nutrient-packed and non-snooze-inducing breakfast ever!

  7. This looks beyond words delicious – I love goat cheese on anything and I always have leftover zucchini (obvi!)

  8. Deena kakaya says:

    Perfectly oozing and nutritious fuel for the most understated meal of the day,. This recipe is seductive x

  9. I am a savory breakfast person and a huge crostini person ! so please keep doing more awesome breakfast crostinis ! I’ve never tried this variety of zucchini – just the long cucumber like ones.. and yes, they’ve taken over my fridge too.

  10. I want this for breakfast! You cooked the egg on top perfectly!

  11. Julia says:

    I could dig zuccs for bk! Love this fancy fresh meal – it’s what I need to be eating ee’ery dern day!

  12. danielle says:

    So simple and it sounds fantastic! If I have goat cheese in my fridge this may be my lunch today.

  13. I would love this any time of day for sure! Those poached eggs are perfection! Love a good poached egg.

  14. I love goat cheese so very very much. For breakfast? Even better!

  15. Pam says:

    Look at that yolk… mmmmm. Drooling. I could eat this for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert. You get the picture.

  16. Kelly says:

    Oh my goodness, drooling over everything in here. All that zucchini and squash with the beautifully cooked eggs sound like the perfect summer meal to me. This is exactly what I want for dinner and then breakfast the next morning!

  17. Christina says:

    Yum! I need to use up the entire crate of Zucs I bought at the farmers market! Why I thought one person needed so many……

  18. Ah goat cheese and runny eggs… 2 things I dearly miss!

  19. Roz says:

    Mmmm, love the eggs mixed in with the zukes. Crostini for breakfast sounds perfect!

  20. Teffy Perk says:

    I love zucchini! I really do, it’s one of the staples in my kitchen. I can have it with anything! Never tried it for breakfast though… that need to change, and soon!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  21. Kate says:

    This is one heck of a breakfast!

  22. OMG… Joanne I love this recipe. This is the best breakfast ever!!! Zucchini, cheese and eggs… what else do I need? Nothing!! This is perfect 😉

  23. Eileen says:

    Pie totally makes a great breakfast! Especially if you whack a big spoonful of greek yogurt on top, for some tasty protein action. :) But I think these crostini are an excellent choice too. Egg yolk and veg — what’s not to love?

  24. Sounds like the perfect breakfast. I am drooling too.

  25. Luckily, my boss is me and she catches me napping (and drooling) all the time. She’s pretty good that way. Too bad she’s such a hard ass when it comes to keeping to a blog schedule 😉

    Your crostini looks ridonk (redonk?) and I love a good dish that refuses to be pigeonholed into one meal category. Bring it.

  26. What a fantastic breakfast crostini 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  27. There you go that is one meal that will give you a good start to the day. It looks so delicious and filling. Definitely better than pie. 😀

  28. cheri says:

    Hi Joanne, this looks wonderful, love the smoked paprika in this!

  29. Zainab says:

    Getting all these veggies in for breakfast leaves a lot of room in the day for sweets!!

  30. i definitely will be making this for breakfast tomorrow morning, looks delicious, thanks for the inspiration!

  31. This looks (and sounds) delicious!! I have some fresh ricotta on hand I might sub for the goat cheese. You know all in the name of “waste not want not”.

  32. 3 hours of data analysis would actually make a perfect morning for me, but I’m strange that way. This would fuel it well regardless!

  33. Haha! Pie is definitely a great breakfast, but this crostini looks amazing! I’m drooling right now and it’s not from napping 😉

  34. Danguole says:

    SOMEDAY science will invent a pie that is delicious and won’t necessitate a nap 45 minutes later. Until then… Come to mama, breakfast crostini!

  35. Oh god look at that glorious yolk! And the gooey goat cheese!!

  36. Yeah, my breakfast definitely needs an upgrade. Preferably in this delicious direction. This crostini looks AWESOME, Joanne! All that goat cheese is calling my name! :)

  37. This is utterly gorgeous! I have very tiny patty pans and zucchini in the garden waiting…speaking of drooling on keyboards..this is doing it!

  38. Min says:

    I tried pattypan squash for the first time recently, and I couldn’t get over how cute and delicious they were! I would gladly eat this for breakfast…lunch, dinner, midnight snack..

  39. These crostinis have to be the best breakfast idea I’ve ever seen.
    And I totally want to marry that runny yolk.

  40. Reeni says:

    I would love to wake up to my most favorite vegetable with eggs on top! That really is one of the most perfect breakfasts! I definitely would enjoy the leftovers all day long too. Thanks for linking to my zucchini pie!

  41. Johanna GGG says:

    wow that is a breakfast of champions – roll on the zukes!

  42. Lynn says:

    I want to lick the screen, this looks so good. :)

  43. Oh man – I love pie, but this one is MY kind of breakfast! YUM!

  44. Caitlin says:

    Yum…Even though this is breakfast I might have to make it for dinner!

  45. Holly says:

    Zucchini and goat cheese!?! Sweet! I would definitely roll out of bed for this. Thanks! Looks amazing.

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