October 31st @ 11 AM EST
– a small town, midwestern girl living in sunny South Florida with my husband and our two golden doodles.
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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!
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.
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.
Let me know if you try this! And if you use Instagram, I’d love to see your creations; tag me @kirstenturk!Print
These peach and cherry crostinis make the perfect summer appetizer and are a great way to use your summer peaches!
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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