A cheesy, lemony edamame crostini. Perfect as a party appetizer.

This is kind of a weird post. I’m not sure whether to say SURPRISE!, Megan it’s your virtual bridal shower or just go on as I normally would about the crostini above and some bizarre life experience that may or may not relate.

The first option seems slightly weird because there’s no actual bride on display forced to open present after present in front of everyone for hours on end and really, I ate these delicious appetizers myself instead of sharing them at an actual shower, but the second option seems too commonplace for the event.

Edamame crostini with cheese and lemon

So instead, let’s go with congratulations, Megan! What’s the countdown at now? 18 days?

Cheesy edamame crostini

I actually think bridal showers are fun. Baby showers? Not so much. But weddings are fun so how can bridal showers not be? There’s always some embarrassing underwear unwrapping event, an equally embarrassing “how well do you know your significant other” kind of quiz and fun food. What’s not to like about that?

My favorite showers have been the ones in someone’s house. The small, intimate feel with food made my family members and recipes handed down from generation to generation. We’re not family and this may be a “virtual” wedding shower but damn, this is some good food lined up.

Easy edamame crostini

My contribution to the appetizer table are these crostini. A happenstance of ingredients that evolved from a simple idea of edamame + crostini to this. I was going to use ricotta, but then forgot to buy it. I bought prosciutto with the intention of topping this with crispy little pieces, but then forgot to use it. I never in my life buy farmers cheese, but then my mother in law was visiting from Florida and Ulysses made Greek tiropita and we had extra. Lemon never even crossed my mind when thinking this one up, but somehow it plays a prominent roll in the flavor of these.

I kind of love it when that happens. I love it even more when it tastes great. These do.

Edamame crostini with farmers cheese and lemon

Happy shower, Megan! I ate a few for you.

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Cheesy Edamame Crostini

Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Edamame crostini with cheese and lemon
A cheesy, lemony edamame crostini. Perfect as a party appetizer.


  • 12 slices of a whole wheat baguette
  • 3/4 cup cooked edamame beans
  • 1 7.5 oz. package farmers cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling on bread
  • salt & pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Lay bread slices on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Toast bread for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients and lightly mash together with a fork or potato masher. You want some of the edamame to be smashed and some to still be intact.
  • Top toasted bread with cheese/edamame mixture.
  • Garnish with more lemon zest, parmesan cheese and basil.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 315mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 27IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
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  1. I love the idea of a virtual shower, but wish there was a way to sample all the food! That is one amazing line up!

  2. Mmmm edamame. I love bridal showers, but I do love baby showers too. I think I get a little too excited to see teeny tiny shoes with monkeys or teddy bears on them. haha
    Great appetizer!

  3. This looks like a fun shower! What a great spread. The crostini look delish. I really like lemon with ricotta, so why not with farmers cheese?

  4. Who’d of thought to put edamame on a crostini? You did, Gina, and for that I am glad. I love to snack on edamame, but I *know* I’d love these crostini. Yum!

  5. Okay these are so amazing. I just love your photos. I love your description of these. They would be perfect for any shower or party. And I just love pretty food. Wish we could have thrown this in person. Would have been a ton of fun to all hang out and see Megan’s face when we surprised her.

  6. These look fantastic. I’m not sure how you can say baby showers are boring though :p Okay… maybe a little. I think it’s boring for almost anyone that isn’t actively opening presents or playing a fun game (which truthfully is extremely rare – right?) :) drinks for all!

  7. If I were there with you I would be fighting you for the last of these. – Holy goodness woman you slay me! Gina, you girls all went above and beyond. Thank you so much, really really.

    I love you all. And now…I’m really hungry.