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Christmas Crostinis and Canapés

  • December 23, 2016
  • By Carly Neave

Without fail, one of my favourite parts of Christmas morning is when a glass of champagne is in hand and canapés are in full swing! Every year, I am guilty of sitting down to lunch with a tummy that’s already pretty satisfied (say “I”!), although it never stops me from finishing a rather indulgent feast … from salmon blinis to dates wrapped in bacon to the finest crostini canapés in all the land!

And my boy Simba is pretty impressed by them too!

I have created four insanely delicious crostini recipes that combine my most-loved ingredients in the best ways. I think these are some of the most enjoyable bite-sized nibbles to devour for any day of celebration! Plus, despite them being super easy to make, guests always seem rather impressed!

There are bursts of flavour in each and every bite of the crostinis, whether it be from popping sweet balsamic roasted grapes or honey grilled pears. That, matched with the creaminess of strong and flavourful cheeses is a matched made in heaven!

I hope you guys enjoy them and if you don’t get the chance to make them quite in time for Christmas day, store them in your recipe books and make them for the next entertaining evening!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

Carly x

Delicious Christmas Crostinis!
 
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A selection of delicious and moreish entertaining canapés.
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Cuisine: Crostini canapes
Serves: 32 assorted crostini
Ingredients
Grilled pear and goats cheese crostini
  • 1 pear
  • 50g goats cheese
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tbs honey
Balsamic roasted red grapes and ricotta crostini
  • 300g seedless red grapes
  • 150g ricotta cheese
  • 4 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • Handful of macadamia nuts
  • Drizzle of balsamic glaze
Gorgonzola, bacon and walnuts crostini
  • 150g gorgonzola cheese
  • 3 rashers of back bacon (excess rind removed)
  • 1 tbs olive oil for frying
  • 2 tbs honey
  • Handful of walnuts (around 60g)
Roasted cranberries, brie and mint crostini
  • 150g fresh cranberries
  • Glug of extra virgin olive oil
  • Tbs of balsamic vinegar
  • 150g brie cheese
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves
Crostini for each recipe. I have used mutli-seed french bread thinly sliced.
  • *Salt and pepper for seasoning.
Instructions
Pre-heat the oven to 200℃
For the crostini, drizzle the sliced bread with olive oil and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. (8 pieces per recipe)
Grilled pear and goats cheese crostini
  1. Heat up a grill pan and half the pear, then slice into slithers.
  2. Place the slices onto the grill pan and drizzle the honey over, brushing all the pears so each slice is coated.
  3. Grill for 2.5 mins on each side until golden brown.
  4. Top the crostini with goats cheese, pears and sliced sage.
Balsamic roasted red grapes and ricotta crostini
  1. Put the grapes in a roasting pan with the balsamic vinegar for 12-15 minutes until soft and starting to caramelise.
  2. Smear the ricotta over the crostini, top with the roasted red grapes and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  3. Finally, shave the macadamia nuts but chopping roughly with a knife and sprinkle over.
Gorgonzola, bacon and walnuts crostini
  1. Heat up a frying pan with the olive oil and slice the bacon rashers into rough small pieces.
  2. Add the bacon to the pan and then crumble the walnuts into the pan using your hands.
  3. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the bacon is crispy, keep moving so the walnuts don't burn.
  4. Top the crostini with gorgonzola and then the crispy bacon and walnuts.
  5. Finally, drizzle with honey and serve.
Roasted cranberries, brie and mint crostini
  1. Place the cranberries in a roasting pan with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  2. Roast for 10 minutes until softened and sweetened.
  3. Put a slice of brie cheese on top of each crostini and then top with the roasted cranberries.
  4. Finely slice the fresh mint leaves and sprinkle over the top.
Each recipe makes 8 crostini.

By Carly Neave, December 23, 2016 Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!
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Carly Neave

Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!

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Hi, I'm Carly!
A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!
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