Apricot Thyme Goat Cheese + Bacon Crostini
Apricots and Thyme might have been two ingredients that were made for each other. They are so lovely together, especially with a heavy hand of goat cheese, bacon, almonds and honey. All of these foods come together to make these Apricot Thyme Goat Cheese + Bacon Crostini appetizers.
Here I used Vermont Creamery‘s latest creation: Apricot and Thyme Goat Cheese Crumbles. I first mentioned these crumbles in the recent Vegetarian Goat Cheese Black Bean Burger post. If you see them in the store, I highly suggest picking them up. You can sprinkle them on a salad, on top of little toasts or in your favorite pasta sauce. The addition of the bacon was an afterthought since I had some leftover from breakfast. I covered half of the toasts with bacon because my dear friend Jenna was on her way over and I wanted to keep some vegetarian for her to enjoy. You can do the same, or omit the bacon all together.
These little toasts are the complete opposite of the Loaded Sweet Potato Skins I posted on Monday. They aren’t really suitable for game day. They are more geared towards a book club or an intellectual meeting of minds served with some sort of fancy pants wine. Maybe these would be a great New Years Eve appetizer!
I spoke too soon, Joe gobbled these up pretty fast. I’m sure he would still prefer potato skins, BBQ wings, pizza and beer to accompany any game.
This appetizer might look fancy but I say let’s serve this up alongside the wings, beer and pizza! It tastes just as good, maybe even better than wings slathered in sauce due to the complex flavor combination, the bacon and honey drizzle!
Maybe I should rethink that last sentence…
Either way, this is real good. I promise even the manliest of men will enjoy it. Maybe not as much as the coveted bar food but it’ll definitely ease some hunger pangs and please almost all of the taste buds in the room.
This recipe takes less than 20 minutes to put together if you cook the bacon ahead of time or omit it all together for a vegetarian version. Depending on the size of your french bread or baguette, you may have leftover. You can make a double batch of these, freeze the bread or use a food processor and make your own breadcrumbs. It is perfect for any occasion with impending guests with hungry tummies.
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Total Time: 30 min
1 loaf crusty french bread, sliced in 12 pieces
4 oz container of goat cheese crumbles
12 dried apricots
1 handful almonds, chopped
12 fresh thyme springs
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1-2 Tbsp honey
Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. Place sliced pieces of bread on a baking sheet and bake until the tops begin to brown.
Layer the tops of the toasts with goat cheese crumbles, thyme, almonds, crumbled bacon and one dried apricot.
Drizzle with honey and serve.