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Peach and Cherry Crostini: The Perfect Summer Appetizer

July 19, 2023

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My family was just in town to visit, and my mom and I went to the Gardens GreenMarket one Sunday. We picked up a perfect basket of peaches; you know, the kind you can smell the deliciousness of from a few feet away. We also picked up a baguette from my favorite local baker. The boys were out fishing, and we had planned to serve it with the fresh catch of the day! However, the boys ended up with zero keepers, and an idea on how to use the bread started brewing in my head… peach and cherry crostini!

Peach and cherry crostini make the perfect summertime appetizer! Delicious and so simple using what's in season for summer: peaches and dark cherries combined with fresh basil, parmesan, olive oil and honey all on a slice of toasted baguette. What could be better? | Get the recipe on kirstenturk.com

I already had cherries in the fridge (because Summer), basil in my garden and the rest of the ingredients in my pantry. Once I knew our dinner plans were officially canceled, the peach and cherry crostinis were a go! Good thing too because once the thought crossed my mind, the craving wouldn’t go away.

How to make peach and cherry crostinis

Peach and cherry crostini make the perfect summertime appetizer! Delicious and so simple using what's in season for summer: peaches and dark cherries combined with fresh basil, parmesan, olive oil and honey all on a slice of toasted baguette. What could be better? | Get the recipe on kirstenturk.com

To make this easy summertime appetizer, simply dice your peach and dark cherries and combine with olive oil, a drizzle of honey, salt and pepper, sliced basil and a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan (optional!). I like to let mine sit in the fridge for an hour or so, so all the flavors can come together.

Next, thinly slice your baguette, lay flat on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and bake in a 350º oven for 10-12 minutes, until slightly golden and crisp. Let cool slightly before topping your crostini with the peach and cherry mixture. Finish with a little extra basil and drizzle of balsamic glaze and voilà; the perfect summertime appetizer is ready to enjoy! And we sure enjoyed them…. I think next time I’ll double the recipe!

Don’t worry, I already doubled it for you below 😉 plus, this way you use up the whole baguette instead of just half like I did the first time I made these.

Peach and cherry crostini make the perfect summertime appetizer! Delicious and so simple using what's in season for summer: peaches and dark cherries combined with fresh basil, parmesan, olive oil and honey all on a slice of toasted baguette. What could be better? | Get the recipe on kirstenturk.com

Let me know if you try this! And if you use Instagram, I’d love to see your creations; tag me @kirstenturk!

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Peach and Cherry Crostini: The Perfect Summer Appetizer

Peach and cherry crostini make the perfect summertime appetizer! Delicious and so simple using what's in season for summer: peaches and dark cherries combined with fresh basil, parmesan, olive oil and honey all on a slice of toasted baguette. What could be better? | Get the recipe on kirstenturk.com

These peach and cherry crostinis make the perfect summer appetizer and are a great way to use your summer peaches!

  • Author: Kirsten Turk
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 baguette
  • 2 large peaches
  • 1520 dark cherries
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 23 tbsps olive oil, plus some for drizzling on the baguette
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan (optional)
  • balsamic glaze for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Dice your peaches and cherries in to similar sized pieces and put into a mixing bowl
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey and salt and pepper 
  3. Pour on top of peaches and cherries and stir to combine
  4. Stack your basil leaves on top of each other and then roll and slice. Add 3/4 of the sliced basil to your mixture and reserve the rest for garnish 
  5. Fold in your parmesan and basil
  6. Let the peach and cherry mixture rest in the fridge while you prepare the baguette or until ready to serve
  7. For the crostini, set the oven to 350º F
  8. Slice your baguette into thin, even slices
  9. Lay the slices on a sheet pan and drizzle the tops with olive oil 
  10. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until crisp 
  11. Allow to cool slightly, then top the crostinis with your peach and cherry mixture
  12. Garnish with basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze
  13. Enjoy!

Notes

I put 15-20 black cherries because peaches are the star of the show here! If your peaches are on the smaller side you may need less cherries. Same with the olive oil! You don’t want the mixture to be swimming in liquid, just nicely coated. 

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Peach and cherry crostini make the perfect summertime appetizer! Delicious and so simple using what's in season for summer: peaches and dark cherries combined with fresh basil, parmesan, olive oil and honey all on a slice of toasted baguette. What could be better? | Get the recipe on kirstenturk.com

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