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Grilled Apricot Crostini

Jun 03, 2021 11:27AM ● By Natural Chef Melissa Shaffer (

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Crispy crostini are topped with decadent soft cheese, sweet grilled apricots, fresh basil, and a drizzle of honey. Elements can be purchased at the Sunday Walnut Creek Farmers' Market and prepared in advance of serving.

(makes 12 crostini)
½ baguette or other crusty bread, thinly sliced
extra virgin olive oil
4 - 6 oz soft cheese of choice (e.g. fromage blanc, ricotta, goat cheese, burrata)
6 small apricots, halved and pitted
small handful of basil leaves, sliced into ribbons
local honey

Heat grill pan over medium-high heat
Drizzle bread slices with olive oil and grill 1-2 minutes per side, until lightly toasted
Brush apricot halves with oil and grill 1-2 minutes per side, until lightly charred
Assemble crostini: spread on a spoonful of cheese, top with apricot half, drizzle with honey, season lightly with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh basil ribbons
Sourcing from the Farmer’s Market:
Apricots and basil from various venders
Baguette from Upper Crust Bakery or The East Bay Bakery
Fromage Blanc from Achadinha Cheese Co
Honey from Pete’s Gold Honey
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