Apple Bacon Cheddar Crostini

 Apple Bacon Cheddar Crostini

Bacon and apples are topped on French bread! Relish this cheesy crostini for appetizers. Perfect if you love Italian cuisine.

Prep Time

35

Minutes

Total Time

50

Minutes

Makes

24

servings

6
slices bacon
4
cups finely chopped peeled apples (3 medium)
1
teaspoon grated gingerroot
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
tablespoons apple juice
24
slices (1/2 inch thick) baguette French bread
2
tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
Additional fresh thyme sprigs, if desired
  1. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; set aside. Reserve drippings in skillet.
  2. Cook apples and gingerroot in bacon drippings over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and tender. Stir in brown sugar, thyme and salt. Cook 1 minute; stir in apple juice. Cook 1 minute; remove from heat. Cool completely.
  3. Heat oven to 450°F. Place baguette slices in single layer on ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until toasted. Turn slices over; brush with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Bake 3 to 5 minutes longer or until toasted.
  4. In skillet, add cheese and bacon to apples; toss. Place about 1 tablespoon apple mixture on each baguette slice. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with thyme sprigs. Serve immediately.
Makes 24 servings (1 appetizer)

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 94
    • Total Fat 4g
      • (Saturated Fat 2g,),
    • Sodium 197mg;
    • Total Carbohydrate 12g
      • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Protein 3g;
    Percent Daily Value*:
      Exchanges:
      • 1/2 Starch;
      • 1 Fat;
      Carbohydrate Choices:
      • 1/2;
      *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.