Make: Brie, Apple, Honey + Walnut Crostini

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I can not stop eating these! I love recipes with amazing flavor combinations—sweet, salty, crunchy, tangy and fresh all in one bite—count me in!

I used to make a grilled cheese version of these when I was younger, but crostini-versions are more elegant and easier for people to grab and snack on. These make an excellent mid-day, spring treat, pair well with wine and feel healthier than straight, traditional cheese dip.

The freshness of the apple, the creaminess of the cheese, crunchiness (that’s a word, right?) of the bread and sweetness of the honey (or sugared nuts) are sure to impress all your friends. Iron Chef [insert your name comes] ready to party!

Most grocery stores carry premade crostini, but it’s really simple to make your own at home. Check it out.

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BRIE, APPLE, HONEY & WALNUT CROSTINI

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 green apples
  • 8 oz brie (I use goat brie!)
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts (like walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice baguette into 1/4-1/2 inch slices. Whatever thickness you choose, try and be consistent so they brown evenly. Place the slices in rows on large baking sheet.
  3. Slice brie into thin pieces and place on top of each crostini. Place sheets in oven and bake 4-6 minutes or until brie is melted and baguette crust turns golden.
  4. While baking sheets are in oven, thinly slice the apples. Make sure to remove the core.
  5. Drizzle lemon juice over the apple slices to slow down the browning.
  6. When the crostini are done, carefully transfer the crostini onto serving tray. Top with apple slices, sprinkle with chopped nuts and lightly drizzle with honey. Enjoy immediately!

*For another variation, try substituting the chopped nuts for chopped, sugared nuts. These sugar coated pecans will do the trick!