Smoked Gouda & Apple Crostini drizzled with Honey – an easy holiday appetizer done in minutes!
Smoked Gouda & Apple Crostini drizzled with Honey – an easy holiday appetizer with only 5 ingredients! This crostini hits all the high notes – sweet, salty, savory and crunchy! (and freakin delicious)
A couple weeks ago my mom and I went to a Sur la Table cooking class. The theme was APPLE HARVEST… so it was all about the apple. We made Apple Chutney that we put on a crostini with aged cheddar cheese, an apple tartlet that we covered in salted caramel sauce, an apple, fennel and endive salad that had a lemon vinaigrette, and then apple cider braised chicken thighs.
The entire meal was glorious! But that tartlet with the salted caramel was down right addicting.
When we left, I warned my mom that we would be making one or all of those recipes again and that we would try to make our own spin on them so I could put them on the blog. After all, she is my cooking partner now. Which I have been loving, because every Tuesday we go to town and make like 4-5 recipes and photograph them all. It has been such a huge help and guys I’m already creating recipes for January!
Can you believe it! I can’t!
Ok, back to the Sur la Table story. I was really looking forward to the menu when we booked the class and all the flavors totally lived up to what I thought it was going to be.
Of all the things on the menu though, the one I was most interested in was the chutney. I’d never made chutney before and wasn’t really sure what to expect. I guess in my head I thought it was gonna be like a thick jam and was going to take hours to cook over the stove. It was was way easier than I thought and had a much different consistency. But, the combination of the cheese, the crunchy bread and apple totally did it for me.
Today’s Smoked Gouda & Apple Crostini is inspired by our Sur la Table cooking class. It has a sweet, salty, and crunchy element that you’ll love.
Plus, it’s crazy easy to make with only 5 ingredients. No slaving away on the stove. All you need to do is slice the bread, top it with cheese, melt the cheese and then top it with an apple. In the words of my son, “it’s easy peasy mommy.”
If you are not a fan of smoked gouda cheese (well.. you crazy… but I get it, everyone has their own taste) you could sub the cheese for Fontina cheese, Manchego, Gruyere or you could go the traditional route and use aged Cheddar Cheese. It’s totally up to you! I used Honey Crisp apples instead of Granny Smith because I wanted a sweeter apple. So I’d recommend sticking with that, the granny smith apples are too tart for something like this.
Whatever you choose to do, just choose to make these! They are perfect for the holidays because they’re light, refreshing, fall inspired and definitely a no fuss recipe that’s sure to please a crowd!
I brought these to a get together our small group had last night and they were devoured in minutes! Pair them with a Chardonnay or Pinot Noir and you’ll have one fantastic night! I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Bon Appetit friends!
Smoked Gouda & Apple Crostini with Honey Drizzle
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 25-30 crostinis 1x
- Category: Appetizer, Holiday, Snack, Vegetarian
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Smoked Gouda & Apple Crostini drizzled with Honey – an easy holiday appetizer with only 5 ingredients! This crostini hits all the high notes – sweet, salty, savory and crunchy!
- 1 baguette, cut into 1/2” slices
- 1/2 lb. smoked gouda slices, cut in half
- 1 honey crisp apple, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- optional: honey for drizzle
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Arrange baguette slices on a baking cheese.
- Top each baguette slice with half a slice of smoked gouda cheese. (I torn my “half slice” in half so that it fit perfectly on the baguette)
- Place in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- Remove from oven and top each baguette slice with one slice of apple.
- Garnish with fresh thyme leaves.
- (optional: drizzle with honey)
- Serving Size: 2 crostinis
- Calories: 108
- Sugar: 2 g
- Sodium: 329 mg
- Fat: 4 g
- Saturated Fat: 3 g
- Carbohydrates: 13 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 5 g
- Cholesterol: 8 mg
Keywords: holiday appetizer recipe, party appetizer recipe, easy appetizer
IF YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE, BE SURE TO SNAP A PIC AND HASHTAG IT #JOYFULHEALTHYEATS. I LOVE SEEING WHAT YOU MAKE!
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This looks delicious. I was wondering what other fruit would go well with this instead of apples. I have a family member that’s allergic to stone fruit.
It’s the perfect appetizer! A firm pear would work.
Love these but need for a friend’s get together. Are you able to make ahead or would it need to be baked/assembled at the gathering?
They are best served toasty, but one option could be to prep all the ingredients and throw them in the oven at your friend’s house. They come together super quick!
Do you do anything to keep the apples from turning brown? I would like to serve them at a party, but want to make sure they won’t start turning colors.
Yes, you could do a quick squeeze of lemon juice on the apple. Or the best way to prevent browning is to soak the cut fruit in a saltwater solution (half a teaspoon of kosher salt per cup of water) for 10 minutes, then drain and store until ready to use. The mild salt flavor can be rinsed off with tap water before serving.
These were awesomely good, and all of my dinner guests enjoyed them. Easy too, especially for a guy like me!
Loving everything about this appetizer recipe. The perfect combo!
These look amazing! love that they are so easy, too!
I love smoked gouda and it goes so perfectly with apples!
This delicious appetizer looks and tastes like you worked all day!
I’m ALL about apples this season, and these little crostini look perfect for a crowd!
You just upped my appetizer game!! These look fantastic!