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

Grilled Nectarine Salsa

Grilled Nectarine Salsa

Grilled Nectarine Salsa

I had a huge dilemma over this salsa. I mean HUGE, earth shattering dilemma, I tell ya!  Yes I am being dramatic…I mean in the grand scheme of life is Grilled Nectarine Salsa really an issue?  Nope.  It sure isn’t.  I just couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to put it on: burgers or frozen yogurt.  Here’s the little catch…if I put it on my burger I think I would like some red onions in it…not so much for the frozen yogurt…

I decided, I was willing to sacrifice the red onion in order to have a sweet treat for these hot wonderful blistering awesome summer days.  Yes I am still in love with the heat!  Bring it on!  I even ran 5 miles this morning at around 9 and I was as happy as could be!  Sweating and melting but HAPPY!  🙂

ummmmm so yeah...not a bad decision if you ask me!

ummmmm so yeah…not a bad decision if you ask me!

So the salsa.  Let’s get to that.

Ingredients:

3 ripe Nectarines cut in half and pitted (I had 1 white flesh nectarine and 2 regular nectarines)

2 tablespoons melted butter

1/2 cup fresh basil roughly chopped (plus more for serving if you fancy)

Zest of 1 lime

Juice of 1/2 lime

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon agave syrup

3 tablespoons white rum (optional…if that’s how you fly!)

How to:

Start your grill (evidently…it’s a grilled salsa!) brush your nectarines with your melted butter.  Place on your grill skin side up.  Grill for about 2-3 minutes.  Flip your nectarines and cook for another 2 minutes (not too long, skin tends to burn).  Remove and let cool.

it's all coming together

it’s all coming together

looks at those little jewels glissening!

looks at those little jewels glistening!

nice grill marks....pad on the back Iz.

nice grill marks….pat on the back Iz.

coolin' chillin' relaxin'

coolin’ chillin’ relaxin’

Maybe make a drink and chit-chat while nectarines cool.

Chop your cooled nectarines into cubes (or what ever resembles a cube in your book!)  Add your basil, lime juice, lime zest, salt, agave syrup and rum.  Toss everything together.  Taste.  Adjust seasoning….you might need a touch more salt.  Put in your fridge to chill or serve immediately over frozen yogurt or ice cream…I say go with vanilla so you can really taste the salsa, but it’s your dessert, sky’s the limit!  I opted for frozen yogurt….oh and I did put it on my burger!  DELISH!  YUMMILICIOUS!

so that was somewhere between mind blowing good and knock your socks off crazy good!

so that was somewhere between mind blowing good and knock your socks off crazy good! Perfect sweet & salty combo!

Note: if you decide you are not going for the rum, maybe you should go for tequila? or vodka? or maybe triple sec?  OK OK….maybe add a little more agave syrup and lime juice…whatever!  😉

sweet baby that is one delicious salsa!

sweet baby that is one delicious salsa!

On yet another note: I guess you could also use peaches, go for it….let me know if you do!

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Peace and Salsa is NOT a dilemma,

Isabelle

P.S. if you wish to make your own frozen yogurt please go check out my Brown Butter Frozen Yogurt , it’s super easy and super yummy!  You may want to skip the step with the roasted cherries….or not!

Find my recipe linked here as well: