Tangy Balsamic Cherry Crostini Appetizer

A fantastic and easy cherry crostini appetizer for a party!

 

 

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 cherry crostini.

 

 

Cherry Crostini

Using goat cheese and a balsamic and cherry topping on a crusty toasted crostini, the tangy balsamic cherry crostini were a popular dish among Mrs. Nom’s friends!

 

 

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Cherry Crostini with goat cheese on a white plate, white napkin and flowers in background

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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.

 

 

 

Cherry Goat Cheese Crostini on a white plate

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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Yield: 1

Tangy Balsamic Cherry Crostini Appetizer

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
An easy appetizer that showcases fresh cherries, paired with goat cheese on toasty bread.

Ingredients

  • micro chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 baguette
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cup cherries, pitted and sliced
  • goat cheese

Instructions

In a bowl, combine sliced cherries, balsamic, brown sugar, lemon juice and fresh cracked black pepper.

Stir until brown sugar is dissolved and cherries are coated.

Allow to sit for 1 hour.

Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices.

Brush slices with olive oil.

Season slices with salt and pepper.

Place in a 375° oven for around 5 minutes per side or until toasted.

Spread goat cheese onto slices.

Place cherries atop goat cheese.

Drizzle with some of the cherry balsamic liquid.

Top with chopped chives.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105 Total Fat: 0.6g Saturated Fat: 0.2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 210mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 0.8g Sugar: 1.7g Protein: 3.8g

 

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26 thoughts on “Tangy Balsamic Cherry Crostini Appetizer

  1. I absolutely love recipes that seem exotic but use every day ingredients like cherries and goat cheese (okay, goat cheese is an every day ingredient for our family). And it’s cherry season now! Love this and I look forward to trying it.

  2. I can almost taste the cherries and balsamic! This looks amazing. I’m having friends for dinner tomorrow and I’m making this! Thanks for the recipe! xx

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