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Cranberry-Fig Goat Cheese Crostini

The blend of flavors in the crostini make an absolutely scrumptious appetizer.—Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • CROSTINI:
  • 24 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • CRANBERRY-FIG TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried figs
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped unblanched almonds
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pitted Greek olives
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • CHEESE SPREAD:
  • 2 logs (4 ounces each) spreadable goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Dash freshly ground pepper
  • Minced fresh mint

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine vinegar and honey. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until mixture is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Lightly brush both sides of baguette slices with oil; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients; toss to coat. In another bowl, beat goat cheese, lemon zest and pepper until blended.
  • To serve, spread goat cheese mixture over toasts. Stir cranberry mixture; spoon over goat cheese. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with mint.
Nutrition Facts
1 crostini: 109 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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