Thursday, January 30, 2014

Walnut, Honey and Chèvre Crostini | Friday Night Bites



Have you ever made something that instantly you say to yourself – this is absolutely one of the best things I have had in a long time?  If you are like me, you like to cook a variety of dishes which are great.  But then you have those certain dishes that you make that just stand out and make your taste buds do the happy dance.  This Crostini was dancing like the stars for me.

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Hubby and I had an impromptu cocktail party last weekend.  I had about 5 hours notice to create the menu, go to the store and prepare.  Luckily for me, I had my team lunch the day prior and had extra TruffleButter Popcorn along with an assortment of cheeses to create another beautiful cheese platter for our friends.  I never want my guests to go hungry, so quite often I make more than enough food.  That night was no exception.  I made my infamous Crab Cakes with a spicy garlic aioli. 


I needed one more item to round out the appetizer menu and came up with this stunning Crostini.  I have to say, it was one of the BEST Crostini I have made in a long time and incredibly simple. The ingredients are straightforward yet the combination of the crunchy bread, the earthy rosemary and walnuts set on top of the creamy Chevre and then that touch of honey to perfectly complete this Crostini is simply magical. Oh I almost forgot to mention the secret weapon – lemon zest – it just gives it that extra punch of flavor. This Crostini has now become a staple in my house and will be served at future parties.  In fact, it will make an appearance for Friday Night Bites this week.  I would suggest serving it with a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir or glass of your favorite bubbly. 

Walnut, Honey and Chèvre Crostini

Makes 24

1 Baguette
Olive Oil
Chevre (Goat Cheese)
1 Tablespoon Rosemary, finely minced
1 Cup Walnuts, toasted and chopped
Zest of One Lemon
Honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut 24 slices from the baguette about ¼ inch thick.  Brush each side with olive oil.  Place onto a cookie sheet and bake about 10 minutes or until each side is golden brown.  Flip over halfway during the cooking process to have equally golden brown sides.

Let the chevre (goat cheese) come to room temperature before applying to the Crostini.  Spread about a heaping teaspoon of chevre to each Crostini.


Meanwhile add the toasted and chopped walnuts to a bowl and add the minced rosemary and lemon zest and stir well.  Top each Crostini with about a teaspoon of the walnut mixture.  Right before serving, arrange on a platter and drizzle the honey over each one and serve.


17 comments:

  1. Rosemary, lemon zest, goat cheese...what's not to love about this crostini! :D

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    1. Thank you Valerie - it was a crostini love fest at my house!

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  2. What a creative and delicious crostini, fantastic job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by. Happy blogging to you too! :-)

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  3. Oh this crostini sounds and looks just heavenly - especially love that honey finish!

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  4. Lisa, this will be the hit on my table tonight! Absolutely sublime! Can not be simpler and more impressive than this!
    A quick question, thought: what flavor had the honey that you used in this recipe? Was it a subtle flavor? Or a more dominant one?

    Thank you very much!
    Must say, I love these posts that I receive from your blog on Friday morning, my time. I'm located in North Europe, it's cold and dark this time of the year, and such crustini recipes like yours always remind me of the beautiful life I enjoy while on vacation in the South of France : -) the sun, the flavors, the goat cheese...yummi...

    Have a great weekend!
    PS. Love your pictures two, the first one got the status 'one of my favorite food images' in my mind.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and loved your comments. I used a simple clover honey and it just finished it off so nicely - not over powering. Glad that I can start your Friday morning off right. Happy Weekend!!!

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  5. Love all your ingredients Lisa, these sound just wonderful. Honey and rosemary are a fabulous combination and with the crunch of the walnuts and creaminess of the goat cheese I think I'd be in heaven! I pinned this earlier and it's getting re-pinned like crazy :)

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    1. Thank you Chris! I appreciate you pinning it. Honestly these were just dreamy. Happy Saturday!!

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  6. walnuts and honey go so well together! I can't wait to try this flavor combination out with the chevre

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  7. I love the combination of honey and rosemary in this! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend as well, friend! :)

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  8. Such a great pairing...love that feeling of instant gratification after creating something. Some of the best creations happen when you least expect it....and with simple ingredients. I will keep this in mind for my next dinner party :) Awesome!

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  9. Love the pairings...some of the best creations are just with a few ingredients. And of course when you have a dinner party this is perfect for guests to eat...with a cocktail or glass of wine of course ;) I will bookmark this for when I have my next dinner party! Awesome!

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