Authentic Suburban Gourmet: Cherry Crostini

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I love a great
I think it is the small bite that is packed with flavor that
gets me each time.  Appetizers make me
happy.  I love eating them.  I love making them.  I love creating new recipes for them. I love
enjoying them on a Friday night. 
Speaking of Friday Night – my weekly series “Friday Night Bites” is BACK. Yes I said it is

I adore this series and feel a real personal connection to
each and every week.  I actually have
recipes ready to share for the next four weeks with more in development.  If you have been a reader for some time, you
are familiar with the series.  For those
of you who are new to my blog – I share a new appetizer each Friday with all
of you. 

This series was inspired by a tradition that my hubby and I
practice each Friday Night.  We both have
demanding jobs that we love.  By Friday
night we are ready to relax and unwind from the work week.  We share a bottle of wine and a few
appetizers.  The appetizers could be as
simple as an orchestrated cheese plate or a tasty Crostini or even something
fancy if we are sharing our tradition with friends.  Each week is different. If you follow me on
Instagram (@authenticsuburbangourmet), I post a photo of the wine we are
enjoying each Friday – feel free to follow me.

Crostini’s are one of my “go to” appetizers simply because
they are tasty and versatile. The combinations are endless and you can stretch
your creativity far and wide. The savory and sweet thing is great for a Crostini.  This week I used ricotta, morello cherries,
reduced balsamic vinegar, fresh thyme and fleur de sel. The flavor profiles
were amazing. 

Your favorite Pinot Noir would be an outstanding pairing
with this Crostini. Pinot Noir wine
is produced from red grapes but it is much lighter in color than other red
wines. Pinot Noir flavors and aromas include roses, fruits, black cherry,
berry, and currant. Other Pinot Noir characteristics include high acidity and
low tannins. Pinot Noir’s flavor depends heavily where it is grown and how the
wine maker treats it, so a good winery can produce exceptional wines.  With the cherry flavors and aromas, it
compliments the cherry on the Crostini.
16 (1/2 inch
thick) diagonally cut French baguette slices
4 to 8 ounces of
Ricotta Cheese (whole milk)
2 Tablespoons
Fresh Thyme Leaves
2 Tablespoons
Chives, finely minced
Preheat oven to
350 degrees.  Brush each slice with olive
oil and place onto a baking sheet.  Bake
for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned – best to turn over halfway
during the baking process to ensure even browning.
To reduce the balsamic
vinegar, add the vinegar to a small sauce pan and cook on medium until reduced
in half and has a syrup texture.  Process
should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
Spread with the
ricotta cheese onto each Crostini, then top with 3 morello cherries on each and
drizzle with the reduced balsamic vinegar. 
Garnish each one with a few thyme leaves and chives, small pinch of
fleur de sel and a pinch of ground pepper on each.  Enjoy!
*I found the Morello
cherries at Trader Joe’s

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