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apple walnut crostini recipeIn my perfect world, I would only eat appetizers and dessert in a restaurant.  I usually find the appetizer menu to be more interesting and really, I am thinking ahead to dessert.  Why eat a heavy meal if all I really want is the lemon dessert on the dessert menu?  I like appetizers at home too.  I really like to have a night where my husband and I open a bottle of wine and have a few appetizers instead of a real dinner.  We will sit on the couch and watch a movie and it almost feels like a date even though our children are usually asleep in the next room.

I like appetizers like this in my arsenal because I usually have everything that I need for it on hand.  I also love the combination of sweet and savory and these could honestly be served for dessert with a nice glass of port.  This appetizer makes me want to pretend that I am sitting in a vineyard in Provence somewhere.  The earthy flavor of the walnuts, the rich cheese, the gorgeous honey and the herbes de Provence.  I love herbes de Provence and have been able to find it everywhere lately.  It is an herb blend usually with thyme, fennel, and marjoram.  Every one that I have ever bought has been a little bit different.  I fell in love with it making this turkey a few Thanksgivings ago.

I found this recipe in the magazine that they give away at Raley’s.  It calls for goat cheese instead of cream cheese, but I am not a fan of goat cheese.  But if you are, by all means, use that instead.

apple walnut crostini recipe2 cup walnuts chopped
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup chopped dried apples
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
1 teaspoon ground corriander
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper
8 ounces room temperature cream cheese
1 loaf of baguette

apple walnut crostini recipeI think that it is easier to start with the softened cream cheese and get the herbs and liquids mixed in first.  So that is what I did.

apple walnut crostini recipeAdd the walnuts.

apple walnut crostini recipeMix it all together.  Taste to make sure that it is seasoned properly.

apple walnut crostini recipeSlice the bread and spread some of the mixture on each piece.  Put the crostini under the broiler for about 2 minutes.  You just want to warm the bread and cheese.

apple walnut crostini recipeThe bread will be crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.  The cheese will be warm and gooey.

apple walnut crostini recipeI like to garnish with a little sprinkling of herbes de Provence. Look how beautiful those flecks of lavender are.

apple walnut crostini recipePour yourself a glass of wine and Enjoy!

Apple Walnut Crostini

Ingredients

  • 2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apples
  • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • 1 teaspoon ground corriander
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 1 loaf of baguette

Instructions

  1. I think that it is easier to start with the softened cream cheese and get the herbs and liquids mixed in first.
  2. Add the walnuts.
  3. Mix it all together. Taste to make sure that it is seasoned properly.
  4. Slice the bread and spread some of the mixture on each piece. Put the crostini under the broiler for about 2 minutes. You just want to warm the bread and cheese.
  5. The bread will be crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The cheese will be warm and gooey.
  6. I like to garnish with a little sprinkling of herbes de Provence.
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24 Responses to Apple Walnut Crostini

  1. kathryn says:

    I could go for just appetizers and desserts too! Yum! These look really delish… think I will have to try these! =}

  2. SFChick74 says:

    I like having appetizers for dinner or lunch too. Feels like a party!

  3. i’ve decided that if i have a giant wedding reception, the only thing being served are appetizers/small plates and desserts. no one ever saves room enough for the giant (and often disappointing) entree! this looks wonderful, and gets me in the mood for apple season!

  4. Pam McCoy says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I love the appetizer and dessert menus the most, too! Why is it that these two categories host the most calories!!! Not fair!

  5. Ryan and I are good friends with another couple with whom we frequently have dinners at our homes that only consist of appetizers and desserts. We just fill the table with platters of the two—more appetizers than desserts to be good ha–but it’s some of our favorite meals! I can’t wait to make this one next time around!

  6. christi says:

    I love appetizers and dessert! I am making this now for a party tonight and mine is much, much thinner than yours in the photos. We’ll have to see how this works …

  7. susestyles says:

    This sounds perfect for a barbecue we have coming up this weekend; we all just love appetisers or ‘nibbles’ as we say over here in Australia….I have just discovered your website and love it! Thanks for the inspiration; I was having a less-than-perfect day and I feel so much better after visiting your site! Don’t you love what food can do for the soul? I can see that I will be returning again and again to try all of your delicious-looking recipes….thanks again!

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  10. Fran says:

    I was looking at your recipe. I doesn’t say when to add in the apples,did you chop them up?

  11. Lisa says:

    Made this last night to bring to a holiday gathering. It was super easy to make and I loved that I could make the cheese spread in advance. The only thing I would change next time I make it (and there WILL be a next time!) is that I would use only 1 tablespoon of orange zest instead of 2 tablespoons. The orange overwhelmed the recipe a bit and I would like to see the flavor profiles of the apples and walnuts be more dominant. Overall though, a delicious appetizer and many of my friends even asked for the recipe.

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  13. Corie says:

    Are you sure the recipe is 3/4 cup honey?? Everything was going well when I tried this recipe, until I added the honey. I got a runny concoction, rather than a spread.

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