healthy appetizer: cherry + goat cheese crostini

healthy appetizer: cherry + goat cheese crostini

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Hey guys! It’s Fridayyyyyyy…hope you all have some great plans for the weekend! Last weekend my husband and I had a couple of friends over that we hadn’t seen in months. We figured it was an appropriate time to break out our fancy china (which has only been used once in the two years we’ve been married) and host a little dinner party. I went hog wild and bought fresh flowers, that’s how you know it’s a party up in the Hay household.

I had seen this recipe in my bible, Women’s Health magazine, and decided to cook it for the small crowd. When I was up in New Jersey in June we made it for a backyard party and it was a hit. It’s really easy to make, requires under two minutes of baking time, and is surprisingly healthy…would you expect any less from Women’s Health?

Here’s what you need:

  • loaf of french bread – I went with whole wheat, no need for refined carbs
  • spreadable goat cheese – those from Florida know the mecca that is Publix–this is their brand of goat cheese. It was $2 a pack (I used two packs) and has pretty good health stats for cheese, check it out:

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  • 1 package of frozen cherries – you can use fresh but they’re out of season now and SO much more expensive. Just thaw the frozen and you’re good to go
  • red wine vinegar
  • a tiny bit of sugar
  • fresh sage
  • olive oil
  • salt

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Alright, onto the easy directions!

1. Slice the loaf of bread into thin slices. Mine were about 1/4″ but just avoid making them too thick or it’ll just taste like toasted bread with cheese.

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3. Place the baking sheet about 5 inches away from the broiler. Broil for a speedy 90 seconds.

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7. Chop up the sage and sprinkle on each slice. Plate it up and enjoy!

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