Oh glorious apple season! There are so many varieties of apples available during this time of year...it's heavenly! One of my favorite things to do with apples is slice them up and throw them on some toast, sandwiches or dip em in peanut butter....yum. However, this Apple, Honey and Blue Cheese Crostini with Fresh Thyme recipe might be one of my all time, easy, apple-based creations of all thyme. (Sorry...wait.....nope not sorry for the pun) 😉
For realizes though, this is a killer appetizer, AND, it's super simple to prepare!
You could prep the toasts in advance and keep them in a sealed container for up to 1 week. If you do this, please make sure your toasts are completely crunchy and cooked through before storing. If your toasts are somewhat chewy when you store them, they will get tough and dense. In my experience, a light and flaky toast tastes much better than a chewy, hard and dense toast. So be careful when prepping and storing your toasts.
Light and flaky toasts for the win!
Bring on the Blue Cheese
Now let's talk cheeeeeese. I highly recommend Cambozola Cheese for this recipe. Of course, you can use any blue or even goat cheese that you wish. BUT the creaminess of the Cambozola with a light hint of blue cheese funk, pairs beautifully the sweet, crisp apple and woody thyme. Fall flavory heaven!
If you're unfamiliar with Cambozola Cheese, It is made from a combination Gorgonzola, Roquefort, and Stilton and has the texture of a brie. Cambozola is considerably milder than Gorgonzola and features a smooth, creamy texture with a mild blue cheese flavor.
Allow the cheese to come to room temperature before spreading on the toasts so that you can easily spread the cheese and to get the best flavor.
Why Use Fresh Thyme?
You'll want to use fresh thyme for this recipe. Dried thyme won't really cut it here. The fresh thyme is a primary ingredient in the flavor profile, not just a herbal backdrop flavor. For the best results, please use fresh thyme, it's well worth the effort!
When plating, be sure to spread the cheese on the toasts, top with the apple slices and then plate. Add the honey drizzle and the fresh thyme after you have plated so that there are little bits of honey and thyme on the plate. It looks pretty and will make less of mess.
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Apple, Honey and Blue Cheese Crostini with Fresh Thyme
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- 1 Baguette French or Sourdough
- 1 Apple Sliced, Such as Honeycrisp
- 1 cup Blue Cheese Cambozola works well here
- 2 tablespoon Honey For drizzling
- 2 tablespoon Fresh Thyme To garnish
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Sea Salt To taste
Prep the Ingredients
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Remove the blue cheese from the fridge and allow to warm up for easier spreading.
- Slice baguette into ¼ inch slices and arrange in an even layer on a sheet tray.
- Drizzle the bread with olive oil and sprinkle with a little sea salt.
- Bake the toasts for 5 minutes, remove from oven and flip. Then, bake another 5 minutes or until golden and crispy.
- Remove from oven and cool
- Remove core from apple and slice into ⅛" thick slices. Toss with a little fresh lemon juice and set aside.
- Remove the thyme leaves from the thyme stems and set aside.
Assemble the Crostini
- Once the toasts are cool, spread the blue cheese on the toast and top with a few slices of apple.
- Arrange crostini on a plate, drizzle with honey, sprinkle with fresh thyme. Serve with some love and enjoy! 🙂
Welp, I hope this recipe brings you and your friends and family some food love! If you tried this recipe, please let me know how it turned out by rating and leaving a comment! I would love to hear how it worked for you or what you changed to make it even better!
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