Dec 1, 2016

Baked Apple, Blue Cheese and Chorizo Crostini

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Crostini topped with apples cooked in brown sugar, blue cheese and chorizo for a flavorful appetizer for a crowd.

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The sweet apples are a wonderful contrast to the spicy chorizo and creamy, salty flavor of the blue cheese. This is actually a recipe my dad created and has been making for years. It didn’t take long before it became a family favorite. My boyfriend and I have started to make it as an entrée rather than an appetizer because we kept eating too many when they were served as a starter and we weren’t hungry for our dinner!

Baked Apple, Blue Cheese and Chorizo Crostini

Baked Apple, Blue Cheese and Chorizo Crostini

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Blue cheese  – Blue veined cheeses have a characteristic sharp, salty flavor and creamy texture. They complement the sweet baked apples and spicy chorizo in this recipe. If you aren’t a big fan of blue cheeses try this recipe with Gorgonzola dolce, which is a young, milder and creamy variety of the cheese. If you prefer a more powerful, funky blue cheese give Roquefort a try.
  • Apple – Gala apples are red-pink, aromatic apples with mild and sweet flavor. It’s now the top produced apple in the United States, surpassing both Red Delicious and Granny Smith. They’re great for both eating raw and cooking. 
  • Chorizo – This recipe uses Mexican chorizo, fresh pork sausage made from pork and spices. It’s made from a combination of fatty pork and sometimes additional parts of the animal as well (especially in many common commercial brands).
  • Bread – I slice a French baguette to make the crostini. The slices are dipped in olive oil and broiled until just golden brown and crispy. To prep this ahead of time I recommend slicing the bread and storing it in a resealable plastic bag. Dip and broil the crostini just before serving so that it’s warm.

How to Make Baked Apple, Blue Cheese and Chorizo Crostini

Step 1: Bake the apples. 

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180ºC). Combine the melted butter, brown sugar and flour in a small bowl. In a 9×9” baking pan toss the apples with the brown sugar mixture then bake in the oven until the apples are soft and slightly golden, about 20 minutes.

Step 2: Cook the chorizo. 

Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Remove any casing from the chorizo. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is completely cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a paper towel-lined plate and allow to drain.

Step 3: Make crostini. 

Preheat the broiler to medium-high. Dip one of the cut sides of each baguette slice in the olive oil, then arrange the slices, oil-side up on a baking sheet. Broil them just until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.

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Step 4: Assemble and serve. 

Top each toast with a small spoonful of the chorizo and a small spoonful of the cooked apples. Sprinkle crumbled blue cheese over each and serve immediately.

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Baked Apple, Blue Cheese and Chorizo Crostini

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 large Gala apple, peeled, cored and diced into ¼” pieces
  • ¾ pound Mexican pork chorizo*
  • 1 French baguette, sliced into 1/2”-thick slices (approximately 15 slices)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180ºC). Combine the melted butter, brown sugar and flour in a small bowl. In a 9×9” baking pan toss the apples with the brown sugar mixture then bake in the oven until the apples are soft and slightly golden, about 20 minutes.
  • Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Remove any casing from the chorizo. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is completely cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a paper towel-lined plate and allow to drain.
  • Preheat the broiler to medium-high. Dip one of the cut sides of each baguette slice in the olive oil, then arrange the slices, oil-side up on a baking sheet. Broil them just until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • To Serve, top each toast with a small spoonful of the chorizo and a small spoonful of the cooked apples. Sprinkle crumbled blue cheese over each and serve immediately.

Notes:

*Note: Mexican pork chorizo is a spicy seasoned beef sausage that is typically ground and can be cooked in the casings or removed from the casing and cooked like ground meat.

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