Monday, December 19, 2011

Honey Rosemary Cherries and Blue Cheese Crostini

This wonderful appetizer takes about 20 minutes to prepare.

You can also make up single-servings and present this as a first course.

This appetizer is a great start to a celebratory meal~it is a really beautiful pairing of ingredients.

Recipe~adapted from Southern Living Magazine

1 thin slice of garlic and 1 shallot, sliced very thin.
2 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 12 oz. package of frozen(thawed) or a large can of sweet, dark pitted  cherries. I used cherries from Oregon Fruit Products,15 ounce can.
2Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
2Tbsp. of honey
1/4 tsp. of chopped fresh rosemary
2 cups of loosely packed arugula
1/8 tsp. of pepper
1/8 tsp. of salt
1 loaf of ciabatta bread, cut into 1/4 inch toasted slices
8 ounces of blue cheese, room temperature

Saute the garlic and shallot in the olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add cherries,vinegar, honey, rosemary, salt and pepper.  I also added three tablespoons of the cherry juice I reserved from the can. Cook, stirring occasionally for 8 to 10 minutes. Let this mixture stand for 10 minutes. Place the arugula on the toasted bread slices. Top each with the cherry mixture and 1 slice of blue cheese.


K and S said...

looks wonderful, happy holidays!

Cuisine de Provence said...

This looks so delicious - also great as a cheese course.
Happy Holidays!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a chic little recipe to have up your sleeve. I'm definitely trying this.

Seasons greetings Jann.

Simona said...

Cherrie and rosemary is an interesting combination. This is certainly an inviting dish. Happy Holidays!

EliFla said...

What a wonderful recipe..I have to try it..I really like, probably I'm going to use Gorgonzola Cheese... tanks for visiting!!! Have a great happy new year and a special Christmas, xoxoxo, Flavia

Claudia said...

This is too good not to do - cannot pass this up - am going out for cherries! Chic, delicious and I'll make believe all that sweet fruit and cheese are healthy.

Christine said...

This looks soooo good! Love the photos too. Merry Christmas Jann!

Helena said...

Looks and sounds divine Jann!

Brenda said...

Yum! Found your blog via Sam at Carolina Kitchen. This looks wonderful. I think I'm going to take one of these recipes to my New Years Eve party if I can talk them into assigning me "appetizer!"

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Jann, your crostini inspired me to make a version of my own with my winey French cranberry sauce. I gave you credit and I came by to say merci beaucoup and to wish you a very happy new year.

Anonymous said...

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