Full Belly Sisters: Autumn Apple, Cheddar & Fig Jam Crostini

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Autumn Apple, Cheddar & Fig Jam Crostini

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I love entertaining in the fall. It's a busy time of year—back to school, back to team sports, back to PTA volunteering—so it's important to take time out to socialize and enjoy the season's simple pleasures. Crisp, cool weather; evenings around a wood fire; hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick; the changing color of the leaves...and, of course, apples. In my book, if you want to highlight the deliciousness of an apple, you should pair it with a sharp cheddar like Kraft Natural Cheddar Cheese. Autumn is delicious in so many ways!

To celebrate this most wonderful of seasons, I've made a lovely crostini: toasted baguette, fig jam, thinly-sliced apples, and Kraft Natural Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese melted over everything. It's a simple, seasonal, and beautiful snack that gives you plenty of time to be with your guests.


You can make as many or as few of these nutritious crostini as you need. Having a friend over to hang out while the kids are at school? Make just a few crostini. Having a couple of families come back to your house after the kids' soccer game? Make the whole baguette! For each crostini, you should figure: one slice of baguette + 1/2 teaspoon fig jam + 2 thin slices of apple + 1 Tablespoon Kraft Natural Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar.


Ingredients
  • baguette, cut on the bias into 1/4" slices
  • Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • fig jam
  • Kraft Natural Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar
  • olive oil, for brushing on the bread 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Brush each slice of baguette with some olive oil and put on a baking sheet. Bake for about five to seven minutes, until the bread is golden brown, then flip and bake for about five more minutes, so that both sides are toasted.

Take out of the oven and, on each toasted slice of baguette, spread fig jam. Place apple slices over the jam, then sprinkle the
Kraft Natural Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar over the top. Place the sheet of crostini back in the oven and bake for about three to five minutes, until the cheese is fully melted.

Remove from the oven and serve right away. I served mine out on our deck, alongside some mugs of hot apple cider. Autumn rules!

Have you ever had a piece of apple pie with cheddar on top? Well, this wholesome crostini tastes just like that—a wonderful mix of sweet and savory, toasty and creamy. 


Such a satisfying and easy approach to fall entertaining, right? I love simple meal solutions that look good but require very little energy. I even use the cutting board (on which I sliced the apple and baguette) as a serving platter. The less time spent in the kitchen, the more time you've got to sit with friends and family and just soak up the season.

To that same end, I like to put out some extra slices of the apple, as well as a block of Kraft Natural Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese on my serving platter. That way, when the crostini runs out, guests can just nibble on the apple and cheese—and I don't feel pressure to run back into the kitchen.
 




And, hey, if "fall entertaining" means "football" to you, head to your local Walmart on September 26 and check out a Game Time demo for fun tailgating and home entertaining recipes. You can find the Kraft Natural Cheese right in the refrigerated cheese section. Then you'll be all set to host your own party!

 

My crostini recipe is super versatile. If you'd prefer it to be more savory, try using honey mustard instead of the fig jam. If you've just gone apple picking and have a different breed of apple on hand, use it instead of the Granny Smith. And, while I really love the bite that sharp cheddar gives to this simple snack, you can use any kind of cheese you prefer—there's a great variety of Kraft Natural Cheeses to choose from. 




When you make this recipe (yup, I'm confident you will), please share a photo on social media and hashtag it #fullbellysisters. We love to see what you create! And be sure to check out more Kraft Natural Cheese recipes for your next tailgating or home entertaining occasion.

How do you celebrate fall at your house? Have you tried any Kraft Natural Cheeses before?

38 comments:

  1. Oh these look so good! I could eat these for any meal! And, that cheddar on top looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks! I just had some for breakfast, too :-)

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  2. I love bite size snacks like this! Cheese and apple tastes so good together and I bet the jam is delicious with it too!

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  3. YUM, this looks amazing! The perfect appetizer for fall!

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  4. Thanks for letting me try these, they're amazing!

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  5. What a yummy snack! I love this idea. Apple and cheddar goes so nicely together and I love the addition of the fig jam!

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    1. Thanks! The fig jam really does add something special, makes it taste like apple pie :-)

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  6. That's the perfect snack right there!

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  7. Wow this looks so comforting and just in time for fall!

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  8. Oh yum! I love this easy appetizer idea! I'm partial to the Kraft Cheddar Cheese and the Mexican blend as well... but really, all the varieties taste delicious! #client

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    1. Mmm, the Mexican blend is another favorite here. Taco Night!

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  9. Great idea, Justine. I'm sitting here with a cup of coffee while wondering what to fix for breakfast. I just found the answer. Thanks!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Susie, I do hope you enjoy the crotini! Come back and let us know :-)

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  10. I always have cheese on toast for breakfast. Can't wait to try it your way!

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  11. I love the combination. The fig goes so well with apple & cheese.

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  12. This is such a sweet and savory fall appetizer; thanks for sharing it!

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  13. Sounds like you ladies have fall schedules that look a lot like mine ... kids' sports, volunteering at school, carpool, after-school activities ... Yep! This is exactly the kind of recipe that's perfect for busy schedules and crazy-hectic days! So easy, so adaptable! Definitely pinning to share! :D ~Shelley

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  14. They are perfect for a friendly gathering along with some wine!

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  15. Salty, sweet, tasty, I absolutely adore this idea! Easy to throw together, but so impressive and sophisticated at the same time. Outstanding recipe!

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  16. What an easy way to serve fruit and cheese to guests. Classic but with a twist. Love it!

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  17. I love apple and cheese together, great bites.

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  18. Love the contrast of flavors in your delicious crostini! Perfect for any fall party!

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  19. What a great way to use cheddar cheese. Love your recipe. I have to try fig jam now.

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  20. I love this, it looks so tasty!

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  21. I love crostini for light meals and snacks.I will put this recipe on my "must try " list. Fig jam, apple and cheese sounds great on crostini! Yum!

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  22. Crostini make a lovely light lunch or snack. The fig, apple and cheese combination sounds divine!

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  23. yum. I love fig jam. I bet it tastes awesome with the cheese!

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  24. Those have my name all over them. Wonderful and perfectly complementary set of flavors.

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  25. Looks wonderful...love the cheddar with it.

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  26. This is a great way to use apples.

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