Holiday Brie + Honey Crostini with Pistachio + Pink Peppercorns

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I love easy appetizers!

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And even better than just being easy, I love appetizers that are easy and ridiculously tasty.

You know the typethey're made with just a couple of ingredients but still get oohs and aahs from your guests.

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Well, look no further for your next appetizer that fits this bill!

This one's really just about assembly...

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Bread, brie, honey.

Bake!

Peppercorns, pistachios, more honey...

Then serve to your adoring audience!

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The pinch of sharpness from the pink peppercorns cut through the sweet honey and creamy brie—for a perfectly gooey bite.

A bite that also happens to look like a Christmas ornament decorated in red and green!

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Holiday Brie + Honey Crostini with Pistachios + Pink Peppercorns

servings: 8 crostini

Ingredients:

  • 8 baguette slices
  • 4 ounces Brie cheese, cut into eight ½-ounce slices
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped pink peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped pistachios

Directions:

  1. Turn on the broiler, to high if you have that option. Arrange the baguette slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Top each of the slices with 1 piece of the brie and 1 teaspoon of the honey.
  2. Broil until the cheese is melted and brown—2 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the crostini from the oven and top each with another teaspoon of the honey, and a heavy sprinkle of both the peppercorns and pistachios.
  4. Serve immediately with a knife and fork, or simply pick up and enjoy!
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Zucchini Crostini with Pomegranate Goat Cheese Spread

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Putting the words “zucchini” and “crostini” together made for a lot of fun as they rolled off my tongue.

So I decided to create something to go along with those words that would be just as fun to eat. 

And here you have it! You can have fun saying—and eating!—your Zucchini Crostini! 

Zucchini Crostini with Pomegranate Goat Cheese Spread

servings: 15 Crostini

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large zucchini, cut diagonally into fifteen ¼-inch-thick slices
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Blend the cream cheese, goat cheese, thyme, lemon zest, and ¼ teaspoon of the salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the cranberries, distributing evenly.
  2. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt over both sides of the zucchini slices and arrange the slices on a serving platter. Divide the cheese mixture smoothly over the slices and top each with a generous sprinkling of the pomegranate seeds.

Notes:

  • KEEP IT SIMPLE - This pomegranate goat cheese combo is one of my all-time favorite spreads and it works great on classic crackers or bread, too. Just be sure to fold the pomegranate seeds into the spread if you use it this way.
  • While I’m crazy for the goat cheese, these zucchini crostini are super versatile and can be topped with anything from hummus to crab.
  • All you can find are small zucchinis? Not a problem. Just cut the zucchini on more of a diagonal for a larger slice.
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Brie + Honey Crostini with Pink Peppercorns

 

 

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Mango and Honey Crostini

Balance

It’s one of those words that's thrown around a lot when it comes to food...life...relationships...

EVERYTHING!

And as much as I would love to fix all your life's problems, let’s start with the food, this is only a food blog after all! 

Balance in a dish makes you want to keep on going back for that next bite.

You want your food to be sweet but not too sweet, salty but not too salty, creamy but not “food coma, never leaving the house” creamy.  

Well, may I present you BALANCE in the form of a crostini. 

Sticky sweet honey BALANCED by a sprinkle of salt, perfectly ripened mango BALANCED by bright and “wake up your taste buds” mint. And of course a spread of cream cheese which gives me BALANCE in my life just because...well...it is cheese...

(I’m a simple person :)

RECIPE:

1 small baguette, 16 ¼ to ½ inch slices

1 block Cream Cheese 

1 Lemon- Zest

2 Mangos 

 1/3 cup Mint leaves, loosely packed

¼ cup Honey

Salt

Toast bread slices till lightly toasted.  Let bread cool and top with approx 1Tbs of Cream Cheese and a couple grates of lemon zest.  Top that with finely chopped mango and mint.  Finally drizzle 1tsp honey over the mango and mint and finish with a sprinkle of salt.  Enjoy!! 

Notes:

  • You could use most spreadable cheeses instead of cream cheese
  • You could sub apricot, plum, pineapple, grapes or berries for the mango

 

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Brie + Jam Crostini

I’m obsessed with appetizers.

I’m the kind of person who would rather pick at a million different things all night than sit down to a full meal (and of course, then I convince myself I didn’t eat nearly as much).

And when I host a party, I like to have as many things as possible in mini-size, like a fun size candy bar, the perfect amount for one person...

Or at least the perfect amount for one person per one minute!!

And though a baked brie can be heaven, it’s big, messy, and once all the good toppings are gone you are just left with melted cheese. 

NOT that melted cheese isn’t arguably my favorite food. Oh! And un-melted cheese my second favorite. Yes, that seems fair.

But back to the point...

So like everything else in my life that I like to make mini-size, I took a classic baked brie and made it mini! These minis have all the flavors of a baked brie in a two bites (or one bite for my husband). Perfection!

Brie + Jam Crostini

servings: 16 crostinis

Ingredients:

  • 1 small baguette
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups raspberry jam
  • 1 wedge brie cheese (about 6 ounces), cut into ¼- ½-inch slices
  • 8 sprigs of fresh thyme

Directions:

  1. Slice the baguette into sixteen ½-inch thick slices, cutting on an angle. Then toast the baguette until it is just lightly toasted.
  2. Top each toasted baguette slice with a heaping tablespoon of jam, then a piece of brie, and finally the leaves from about half a sprig of thyme.
  3. Put the slices in a toaster oven or regular oven until cheese is mostly melted. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes:

  • Lots of jams work with this recipe--besides raspberry, my favorites are apricot, strawberry and blackberry.
  • Be sure to spread on a nice, thick layer of jam; there should be an equal amount of jam to cheese.
  • To get the thyme leaves off the stem easily, simply run your fingers against the grain along the stem.
  • These are still good even when they become room temperature--the cheese will still be a little melty!
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