There is a saying that necessity is the mother of invention, so when Mrs. Nom had to bring an appetizer to a mom’s night out event, this recipe was born! We have had a very busy week and hadn’t been to the grocery store in a while, so when Mrs. Nom glanced in the refrigerator and found goat cheese and cherries (originally planned for our next batch of brandied cherries) she ended up coming with a twist on a classic Italian dish that uses strawberries and balsamic vinegar to make a sweet tangy treat. Using goat cheese and a balsamic and cherry topping on a crusty toasted crostini, the tangy balsamic cherry crostinis were a popular dish among Mrs. Nom’s friends!
In Italy, they make a simple dessert that combines sweet strawberries, balsamic vinegar and fresh cracked black pepper on vanilla ice cream. Since we didn’t have strawberries in our kitchen, we went with another sweet fruit that we did have, fresh Bing cherries. The cherries weren’t as sweet as strawberries are, but since we wanted this as an appetizer and not a dessert, the tartness of the cherries worked really nice when combined with the tart creaminess of the goat cheese. The brown sugar balances out the tartness of the cherries and helps release the juices of the cherries, which makes for a great drizzle sauce.
We wanted something that would be good for eating as a finger food, and with the success of our cocktail crostini at previous cocktail party, we figured that another variation of crostini would fit the bill. The toasted, crunchy bread brings a crunchy savory texture the crostini and lets the bread avoid getting soggy from the cherry juice. Topping it with some chopped micro chives brings a savory edge that keeps the crostini from getting overly sweet which was perfect as an appetizer.
- 1 baguette
- 2 cup cherries, pitted and sliced
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Olive oil
- Goat cheese
- Micro Chives, finely chopped.
- In a bowl, combine sliced cherries, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, and fresh cracked black pepper.
- Stir until brown sugar is dissolved and cherries all coated.
- Allow to sit for 1 hour.
- Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch thick
- Brush slices with olive oil
- Season slices with salt and pepper
- Place in a 375 degree oven for around 5 minutes per side or until toasted.
- Spread goat cheese onto the slices.
- Place cherries atop the goat cheese.
- Drizzle with some of the cherry balsamic liquid.
- Top with chopped chives.