Grilled Nectarines & Goat Cheese Crostinis

Grilled Nectarines and Goat Cheese Crostinis

Grilled Nectarines and Goat Cheese Crostinis

I love Goat Cheese.  Really any and all goat cheeses rock my world!  It’s creaminess, it’s the fact that it’s cheese, it’s from a goat (such cuties), it’s easy to use, it’s versatile and it’s healthy.  All around a win-win situation!

I almost called these bruschettas and I actually had to go figure out what’s the difference between a bruschetta and a crostini….don’t laugh at me.  I can’t pretend to know everything, but the internet is a marvelous place filled with an infinite amount of useless info….I mean really who truly cares if it’s a crostini or a bruschetta?  (Don’t send me hate mail…it’s just my view of it!)  The world won’t end because I called something a crostini versus a bruschetta…well I sure as heck hope not!

If you want to know more about the differences between a crostini and a bruschetta you can go here or here

it's a crostini...it's a bruschetta....nope crostini...

it’s a crostini…it’s a bruschetta….nope crostini…

Let’s get to the recipe shall we…..(because after my research it’s quite OK for me to call it a crostini….just sayin’)

Ingredients:

For the Goat Cheese:

1 5-ounce plain goat cheese (container or packet, whatever your grocery carries)

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon fresh basil, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

For the Nectarines:

2 nectarines (firm preferably), quartered and pitted

1 small onion, cut into fairly thick slices

olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon fresh basil, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Grilled bread slices for serving (baguette, country bread, italian rustic bread…what ever floats your boat!)

How to:

For the Goat Cheese:

In a medium bowl combine your goat cheese with your fresh herbs, add a touch of salt and pepper to taste.  Transfer to a serving bowl.  Keep in your fridge until ready to serve.

delicious herb goat cheese

delicious herb goat cheese

For the Nectarines:

Heat your grill.  Drizzle a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt on your nectarines and onion slices.  Grill your nectarines and onion slices on all sides.  Keep an eye on this so you don’t have burnt pieces…which would result in bitter pieces!  Let cool slightly.  Roughly chop and put in a bowl.  Add your fresh herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.  You are done!  Keep in fridge until ready to serve.

lovely grilled nectarine salsa

lovely grilled nectarine salsa

To serve:

I like to keep it simple and put the goat cheese, nectarines and bread on the table and let people help themselves but you could be nice and make it for them…your choice!  Bottom line: piece of grilled bread, a good schmear of goat cheese and a nice dollop of grilled nectarines makes for an amazing bite!

the perfect bite!

the perfect bite!

Note: you can substitute any fresh herbs you like, I would only suggest if you change it for the goat cheese then go ahead and change the same one for the nectarines…just to carry the flavor through.

Another note: you could easily use peaches for this dish.  I am a lover of nectarines so that is usually my go-to.  But I know it would still be super delicious with peaches!

light flavorful and such an easy summer appetizer

light flavorful and such an easy summer appetizer

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Peace and No World Ending Today.

Isabelle

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Roasted Cherries Appetizer Bites

Some of you may have read my post about Roasted Cherries and Brown Butter Frozen Yogurt.  I still stand by the fact that it was one of the most delicious thing I have ever eaten.  I don’t know if the stars and the moon were aligned just right but darn it that was a good treat!  I am still dreaming up new combinations of flavors with this extremely easy and “better for you than ice cream” treat!

Here is the link to my original delight: Roasted Cherries and Brown Butter Frozen Yogurt

BUT…in the original post I did talk about roasting 2 bags of cherries.  So here is the second attempt.  I went a little off the beaten path on this one.  Savory Roasted Cherries Appetizer Bites with Brie and Toasted French Baguette.  Verdict: DELICIOUS as well!

Roasted Cherries Appetizer Bites

Ingredients:

1 12-ounce bag frozen cherries (about 2 cups)

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt (kosher or sea salt is best)

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme finely chopped

1 wheel of brie

1 french baguette thinly sliced and lightly toasted

How to:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine your cherries with your sugar, salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.  Toss well and put in your prepared pan.  Roast in your oven for 30 minutes.  Put your roasted cherries in a small bowl to cool completely at room temperature.  You can make this ahead of time but be sure to bring back to room temperature before serving.

sweet and savory, ready to go!

beautiful color and smells amazing

Look at these gorgeous cherries!

When ready to serve, simply put your brie (also at room temperature for best taste), roasted cherries and sliced toasted bread on a serving tray and let the fun begin…or people help themselves 😉

a simple presentation works best in my opinion 🙂

Simple, easy, beautiful presentation and delicious…I love that in an appetizer…oh yeah a nice glass of wine would be lovely with this little marvel!

here’s a delicious bite!

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Peace and Marvel,

Isabelle