Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer

Today I’m sharing a delightful recipe, Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer. Crostini recipes are perfect to set out for a light nosh when guests arrive to dinner. These bites are fresh and delicious. I love the tartness of sliced Granny Smith apples on crostini bread, with drizzled olive oil and lemon zest!

Best Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer

Friends, let’s talk hospitality today. Plus dive into this light and fresh Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer!

There’s nothing better than a tart Granny Smith apple with cheese :) But if you’re a pear lover, then you’ll love this Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer.

How to make crostini

Let’s get started. On baking sheet, spread out baguette bread slices. Lightly drizzle both sides with olive oil, then broil in oven for 2-3 minutes on each side—until the bread is lightly golden and crunchy. Easy as 1, 2, 3.  Just don’t forget them under the broiler. Do you know how many times I have burnt crostini? (ack!)

Now you’re ready to make an outstanding appetizer!

But first …

Why practice hospitality

We all want to live a rich, satisfying life. If we do a heart check, and really realize the importance of relationships at some point, we have a longing to connect with others. Not to fill our own needs, but to give out, be generous, loving, and hospitable. I do believe it’s in our DNA for all of us to have this innate ability to show love. The problem is, we either get caught up in the details, or we run out of money and time, or we get lazy.

Easy Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer

Yup, it’s easier to sit on the couch and get caught up on our favorite Netflix series (hand raised, I whizzed through The Crown) than to do a little planning, and invite maybe new neighbors or friends over for dinner.

Entertaining: it’s not about you, it’s all about THEM

Eight years ago (2010, wow, have I been blogging that long?), I posted a very simple post and statement that still rings true today: Hospitality is not about YOU, it’s all about THEM.

Being a hospitable person actually changes us if we’re willing to let it. I have an extrovert personality, so hosting may seem like it’s easier for me than someone with an introvert personality. Years ago I, too, got caught up in the cycle of worrying about what others thought of  me. Worried about my cooking. Waiting until my house had a new sofa (because the current one was ugly). Feeling like I didn’t want to cook a more humbling dish like spaghetti, and opting for something not in my budget, like filet mignon. Silly things like that.

But the more I hosted, the love and connection melted my heart strings, and I started caring more about people than all the details. I also started seeing that creating a space for people to connect was a good thing. Something people longed for, and enjoyed. Pretty soon we started introducing people to other people, and friendships were born. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of. All over what were essentially potluck meals.

Easy Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer Recipe

Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer

So today, start small. Enjoy this Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer, buy a bottle of wine, and invite 2 people over for dinner.

It’s easy! Start with this dish: One-Pot Paprika Chicken Thighs, ask your guests to bring a green salad, heat up some bread, and you’ve got a dinner party!

If, and only if, you want to make a dessert, you’ll love my Peach Upside Down Cake. Delicious any time of year, serve it warm with fresh whipped cream.

Thank you friends for allowing me to share my journey with you.

If you want to be happy, start asking more people over to share a meal!

Apple Goat Cheese Crostini

Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh thyme, plus some for garnishing
  • 1/2 tsp ground coarse black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 baguette, sliced in longer pieces (diagonally)
  • Olive oil to drizzle

Directions:

  1. On baking sheet, spread out bread slices. Lightly drizzle both sides with olive oil, then broil in oven for 2-3 minutes on each side—until the bread is lightly golden and crunchy.
  2. In small bowl, cream together goat cheese, pepper, a pinch of salt, and thyme. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, pour lemon juice over apple slices to prevent apples from browning. Drain any remaining lemon juice and set aside.
  4. Smudge a dollop of goat cheese on each crostini, and then top with an apple slice, lemon zest, and thyme.
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More apple appetizers: Goat Cheese Honey Crisp Apple Thins [RE], Apple Pie Baked Brie Appetizer [The Cookie Rookie and Maple Glazed Apple Chicken Sausage Bites [Noble Pig].

Best Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer Recipe