Cherry Goat Cheese Crostini
This Cherry Goat Cheese Crostini is a savory and sweet way to start off a meal.
Life decisions overwhelm me. Opportunities that I know are good for me have been coming along but they aren’t necessarily good for me in the long run, or financially. What do you do when you need one thing and are offered another? Do you take it because you know it will look good on a piece of paper with the word “resume” predominately displayed on top or you politely decline because you need to make more money, have health insurance and start your grown up life?
When OXO and North West Cherry Growers offered 10 lbs of cherries to do whatever I wanted with, I wasn’t overwhelmed, I was excited. When I actually saw what 10lbs of cherries looked like I knew I was in trouble. Thankfully I had these OXO Nesting Bowls and Colanders and Cherry Pitter to help me tackle the task. I furiously scribbled down ideas in my black and white marbled note book labeled “recipes” and came up with at least 5 recipes I knew I wanted to create. The problem now was finding the time to make them all. 3 recipes later I still have more than enough cherries to last what seems like a lifetime, but soon they will no doubt begin to mold…
Thanks to my stock of Vermont Creamery goat cheese I knew I wanted to use the Bonne Bouche aged cheese. The next time I make this appetizer I think I will roast the cherries in balsamic vinegar and then add them to the flavorful cheese and bread.
I suppose it’s back to that marbled idea maker I call a notebook.
Balsamic vinegar or honey would be a nice finishing for this sweet and savory appetizer but can be skipped. It's good even without the extra tang or sweetness!
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Total Time: 25 min
1/4 cup cherries
1/2 small baguette
4 oz goat cheese
1/8 cup almonds
honey or balsamic vinegar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Slice baguette into 8 slices. Line a baking sheet with slices and toast until tops are browned, about 10 minutes. You can also forgo the oven and use a toaster oven or small toaster.
In a food processor, crush or slice the almonds.
Pit cherries and slice in half. Cut basil leaves into strips.
Spread goat cheese on top of the toasted baguette slices. Top with prepared cherries basil and almonds. Serve with honey or balsamic vinegar drizzled on top.
Disclosure: I was not provided compensation to post about or to link to these sponsors and as always, my opinions of these products are my own. OXO and North West Cherry Growers provided me with 10lbs of cherries and other tools to help create these recipes. I received some free samples from Vermont Creamery.
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