Honey Crisp Apple Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans

Hi Guys!  I’m so excited about our Vitamix Giveaway this week that I decided to do a second recipe with my fabulous new blender because you know I love my appetizers, especially crostinis!   And when you mix the local apples with goat cheese, candied pecans, honey and pomegranate seeds, well, let’s just say the deliciousness factor is magnified by ten!

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This Thursday the 22nd, I will be throwing a FriendsGiving party with some of my favorite Canadian bloggers.  Have you heard of FriendsGiving?  It’s a growing trend, especially among millenials, to celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends.  It’s often a couple days before or after the actual Thanksgiving date (reserved for family) and a place where everyone brings pot luck or leftovers, kicks back and enjoys the day with close friends.

This is such a great idea especially for those who can’t travel to be with family and would otherwise be spending the holiday alone.  Plus, you get to make and eat whatever you want!

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Once I heard it was a free for all, my mind went to a yummy appetizer and since the local apples are still in good supply, this seemed like a natural.

Lots of texture, sweetness and colour make up this crostini.  The little jewels of the pomegranate always add something special, don’t you think?  If you’re confused about how to open a pomegranate, check out YouTube but I must confess, I’m too impatient to do it with the water methods or cutting it into six chambers.

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I simply score it around the middle, twist and open it up.  Flip each side upside down in a bowl and tap with a wooden spoon and your seeds will pop out.

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Wash your apples very well and if they’re not organic, you’ll want to peel them.  I love Honey Crisp apples for this snack because of their sweetness but you can change it up if you want – just be sure to pick a sweet one.

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I used my new Vitamix to blend heavy cream, cream cheese, goat cheese and honey.   That sounds like a lot of calories and it is but if you’re concerned you can use a lighter cream and low fat cream cheese.  Given that it’s a holiday and you’re not planning on eating a dozen of these, I don’t see the harm in a little bit if indulgence!

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I love that this powerful machine whips this up in no time.  I’m still learning about my new toy and every time I watch the video I’m kind of amazed at what this machine can do!  I can’t wait to make dough.  All these years I’ve been avoiding it and now I find out that I don’t have to do all the work – perfect!

Topping this tasty little bite with thyme and a drizzle of honey will have you smacking your lips and reaching for a second..and a third!  Another way to keep this low on calories is to use whole wheat bread and regular pecans or your nut of choice.

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I’m excited for Thanksgiving this year because my American cousins are coming to celebrate and they are both family and friends so it looks like I’ll be celebrating both holidays on the same day!

What are you making for your holiday celebrations?  I’d love to hear about your traditional and not-so-traditional recipes.  Share with me on Instagram using #simplyfreshdinners so I can share with my followers.  Cheers!

Note:  This is a sponsored post by Vitamix but my opinions are all my own.

Honey Crisp Apple Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans

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Serves: 16 crostinis Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 whole wheat baguette, cut into 1/2 crostinis
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large Honey Crisp apple
  • 5 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup spicy pecans, finely chopped (they can be candied, hot spiced or whatever you like but be sure they are toasted or toast them at home)
  • handful of fresh thyme

Instructions

1

If toasting the baguette, preheat oven 350 degrees.

2

Brush crostini with olive oil. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly brown and crisp. Remove from oven and set aside.

3

In your blender place goat cheese, cream cheese, heavy cream and honey. Blend on high until whipped and fluffy - about 2 minutes. Scrape mixture into a small bowl.

4

Place crostinis on serving platter and spread whipped goat cheese mixture over each individual piece. Thinly slice the apple and place one to pieces on each. Top with chopped pecans and arils. Drizzle with honey and top with chopped thyme sprigs.

 

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23 Comments

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    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    September 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    These are STUNNING! I want that Vitamix 😉
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      Robyn
      September 19, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks, Sue. You need a Vitamix with all the baking you do!

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    September 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Oh my gosh…so many of my favorites in one little bite! First of all, gorgeous photos! Second — you just can’t go wrong with the sweet, savory, and crunchy combo of ingredients here. Delicious!
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    Anita Rivera
    September 19, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Robyn! OK, you are using some of my favorite foods here. Those pomegranate seeds look like rubies! And their unusual crunch then juiciness and nutty flavor are a thrill to experience. Then there’s goat cheese….then bread. You’ve got a winner here! Awesome photos and oh, those honey crisp apples; they are Minnesota’s boast!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    September 20, 2016 at 5:31 am

    This reminds me of the holidays and looks so gorgeous. Love the sweet and salty combo!
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    cheri
    September 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

    What a beautiful and tasty looking appetizer. Such a great idea to celebrate together like this. Oh lucky you with a vitamix, now you can make anything.
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    GiGi Eats
    September 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I know people who would jump in front of buses for the HONEY CRISP apples!
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 20, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the whole gang 🙂 I need make these lovely appetizers for my family – we are all big fans of Honey Crisp Apples, and with whipped goat cheese? Yummy!
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    Marie
    September 21, 2016 at 7:58 am

    This is a beautiful appetizer, almost too pretty to eat! Definitely going to try it soon as the apples have been great this year so far. Pinning it!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    September 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

    The perfect little bite with tangy goat cheese, sweet honey, crisp pomegranates…You know how I am all bout loving the texture of foods as well. I bet the vitamix power makes the creamiest toppings. Your photos are just stunning! Sharing everywhere!
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    September 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Your Thanksgiving plans sound awesome! And when you serve these, everyone will think you’re awesome — what tasty stuff! Really ice — thanks.
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    Linda
    September 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    This is something I would love. Rich tangy cheese , cream cheeseand sweet honey crisp together. I do love crostinis. So perfect for appetizers. Lots of love, W.W. xo
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    Fida | Sweet and Savoury Pursuits
    September 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Your crostinis are just too gorgeous! I love all the contrasting tastes and textures you can pile up on little pieces of bread. This one will certainly be on my menu at Thanksgiving!
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    Marla
    September 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    HI Robyn.
    This sounds wonderful! Tasty, healthy an such an unique tempting recipe. It almost looks to good to eat, but I am sure I could force myself. This would make any meal a feast at any time of the year. I always loved Honey Crisp apples – to me they have the best flavor. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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      Robyn
      September 25, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Honey Crisp are my favourite to, Marla. This came together so naturally and easily. All the flavours just seem to blend perfectly 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Kathryn Grace
    September 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Well that’s a treat I’d be hard pressed to eat just one of! What a terrific recipe! Looking forward to trying this when the pomegranates come in.

    • Reply
      Robyn
      September 25, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thanks so much, Kathryn Grace. I love that it’s so easy!

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    Marla
    September 29, 2016 at 10:07 am

    HI Robyn,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live every Thursday @ 7PM EST. Thank you for sharing on valuable information & being part of Real Food Fridays! Have a healthy, happy, & blessed week!
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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    September 30, 2016 at 2:03 am

    These are the most gorgeous photos Robyn!
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