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Balsamic Cherry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh cherries pitted and roughly chopped
  • one French baguette cut into 1/2 inch diagonal slices
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons fresh basil cut into thin ribbons, divided
  • 8 ounces plain creamy goat cheese
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cherries, honey, vinegar, 2 tablespoons of the basil and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cherries are just starting to release their juice. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, arrange bread slices on a sheet pan. Brush lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
  • To assemble the crostini, spread a layer of goat cheese onto each slice, then top with a spoonful of cherries. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of ┬ábasil over the crostini and serve immediately.
  • Note: While you can make the cherry mixture in advance, the longer it sits, the more the cherries lose their bright red color. I would recommend making them right before serving.