Crostini with Figs, Gorgonzola, Honey and Walnuts

If you like the combination of sweet/salty/crunchy combined with a bit of tangy, then this  Crostini With Figs, Gorgonzola, Honey And Walnuts appetizer is for YOU!  The original recipe was created by Food Network celebrity Giada De Laurentiis, and I think it is pretty tasty.Crostini with Gorgonzola, Honey and Walnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I served this appetizer when we had dinner guests this past summer. Toasted baguette slices are topped with creamy gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts, then baked and garnished with a fresh ripe fig slice and a drizzle of honey!  We noshed on these yummy (and EASY) appetizers, while basking in the all-too rare Pacific Northwest sunshine out on our deck.

The only item that took any time at all to prepare was baking the baguette slices before assembling. I did this by arranging the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Using a pastry brush, I lightly basted the baguette slices with the olive oil. Place slices in oven, and bake till baguette slices are a golden color, about 8 minutes.

Crostini with Gorgonzola, Honey and Walnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Crostini with Gorgonzola, Honey and Walnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Once the bread was toasted and crisp, I mixed together the cheese and toasted walnuts, then spread it on the crisp baguette slices, baked them for a few minutes, then topped each piece with a thin slice of fig, then drizzled with honey, and served!

Crostini with Gorgonzola, Honey and Walnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

These crostini were a welcome departure from my “normal” go-to appetizers. I would definitely make them again. I sure hope you will give them a try!

Crostini With Figs, Gorgonzola, Honey And Walnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: http://www.oprah.com/food/Crostini-with-Gorgonzola-Honey-and-Walnuts

Crostini with Figs, Gorgonzola, Honey and Walnuts
 
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Sweet, tangy, crunchy, creamy... this delicious appetizer has it all!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 24 - (1/3 inch thick) diagonal slices of baguette
  • 6 oz. creamy gorgonzola cheese, coarsely crumbled
  • ⅔ cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 ripe figs, thinly sliced, crosswise (optional)
  • 3 TBSP honey
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Using a pastry brush, lightly baste the baguette slices with the olive oil. Place slices in oven, and bake till baguette slices are a golden color, about 8 minutes. (You can also toast the slices a day ahead. Cool, then store them at room temperature in a covered container.)
  3. Toss the gorgonzola, along with the toasted walnuts (that have cooled to room temperature) in a small bowl. Spoon the cheese mixture onto the prepared baguette slices and press slightly to adhere.Return baguette slices to baking sheet. Bake in oven until the cheese melts (about 6-8 minutes).
  4. Arrange the warm crostini on a platter. Top each slice with a thin slice of fig. Drizzle with the honey and serve warm. Enjoy!
Notes
http://www.oprah.com/food/Crostini-with-Gorgonzola-Honey-and-Walnuts

 

 

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