Italian Fig and Nectarine Crostini Recipe
These little toasts are an easy way to create an irresistible appetizer. Use ripe but firm nectarines and figsserve with a crisp Italian wine.
By Shanna Schad | pineappleandcoconut.com
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 9-5 min.
Total Time: 35-45 min.
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup white grape vinegar
1/3 cup Meyer lemon honey plus 2 tbsp, divided
1-2 tbsp olive oil
6 oz. goat cheese, softened
1/4 tsp salt
3-4 tsp fresh thyme
2-3 ripe but still firm nectarines, sliced into thin wedges
8-12 fresh Turkish figs, sliced into thin circles
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Make the balsamic glaze first:
1. Combine the balsamic vinegar, white grape vinegar and 1/3 cup of the Meyer lemon honey in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until combined.
2. Raise the heat to bring to a simmer and reduce to 1/3 the volume, about 10 minutes.
3. Transfer to a glass cup or bowl and let cool. The glaze will thicken further upon cooling.
Toast the baguette:
1. Cut the baguette into 1/2 inch diagonal slices—about 25 slices depending on length. Brush both sides lightly with olive oil then place on a baking sheet.
2. Bake the baguette slices 3-4 minutes until they start to crisp up. Remove from oven and let cool.
Make the goat cheese spread:
1. In a food processor or bowl combine the goat cheese, salt, remaining two tablespoons of Meyer lemon honey and 1-2 teaspoons of the fresh thyme.
2. Process or mix with a whisk until smooth and creamy.
Assemble the crostini:
1. Spread a tablespoon or so of the goat cheese on one side of each toasted baguette slice.
2. Top with alternating slices of fig and nectarine, drizzle a teaspoon or so of the balsamic glaze on top and a few sprinkles of fresh thyme. Serve immediately.
You can make both the whipped goat cheese and balsamic glaze ahead of time. Keep the prepared whipped goat cheese chilled; once ready to use bring to cool room temperature and whip again. Keep the balsamic glaze in a lidded jar or bowl at room temperature. If refrigerated it will firm up and need to be reheated slightly.