Apple and Cheddar Crostini

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There’s a scene an episode of the show “Six Feet Under” where one of the characters describes the perfect lunch as being a block of cheese, a crunchy apple and a piece of crusty bread.

Seriously, truer words have never been spoken. This is absolutely one of the best lunches you can have. Or snacks. Or…whatever excuse you wanna come up with to eat.

Let’s break it down for a second. First, you have a crunchy apple. You’ll wanna pick whatever your favorite one is. I’m a Gala girl myself, but I won’t judge if you prefer Fiji. I might judge a Golden Delicious. Sorry, I just don’t get those things.

BTW – if anyone has access to Honey Crisp apples, will you send me some? Those are the bomb, and apparently as rare as unicorns in LA.

Now we have cheese. You’ll wanna go with a nice sharp cheddar. It’s just better that way. And now the dark bread. If you can find a sweet pumpernickel that would be awesome, but a dark rye is good too. My bread wasn’t really crusty all on it’s own, so I grilled it for a just a bit to get that crunch.

Apple and Cheddar Crostini

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1 large apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 block of cheddar cheese
1 demi-loaf of dark bread, or about 6 slices of a regular loaf
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

In a small saucepan toss together the apple, cinnamon and sugar. Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, or until the apples are just beginning to soften. Remove from heat and set aside.

If using a demi-loaf of bread, slice into ¼” slices. If using full slices of bread, cut into quarters. Grill or toast the slices until they start they start to darken around the edges.

Using a vegetable peeler, slice away thin strips of the cheddar cheese. Build the crostini by layering the apples and cheese on the bread, in whatever proportions fit your taste. I prefer to go heavy on the cheese, but I won’t judge if you prefer more of the apple flavor.

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Marta on cocogroove December 15, 2010 at 4:02 am

Oh…this recipe looks as easy as yummy! I’m going to try this one out really soon. Btw, I love your blog!

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Caroline December 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Thanks Marta!!

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Blog is the New Black December 15, 2010 at 4:31 am

Brilliant! Look wonderful and I bet they taste even better!

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Katrina December 15, 2010 at 4:41 am

Great appetizer! This looks awesome.

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Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 15, 2010 at 4:45 am

Mmm, apples and cheddar. Btw, honeycrisps are my fave!

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Dragon Fruit December 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

oohhh looks delicious!! every single ingredient is awesome — together it sounds sooo good!!

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Allison @ I Cooked It December 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

Honey Crisp apples are truly amazing. I live in Nashville and we actually get a lot of honeycrisp apples here. I did a little research and it turns out that honeycrisps are grown in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, New England, and New York State. I am not sure why that translates into Tennessee getting a good supply, but I am ok with it!

Your post reminded me of traveling in France. There is something so wonderful about making a meal out of a fresh crunchy baguette, a fantastic sharp cheese and a good bottle of white. You really can’t beat that.

–Allison @ http://www.icookedit.com

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Caroline December 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Yeah, I used to eat Honey Crisps all the time when I lived in NC, but they only appear in the LA grocery stores for about a week each year…lame.

Oh – I totally agree with you about the France thing. On an eight day trip I think 90% of my diet was comprised of those 3 ingredients.

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Sara M December 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

Honeycrisps are my favorite too! I feel so bad that you can’t find them there…they’ve been in Kansas for months now! But they are the most expensive…so I have to use them sparingly. Although they do make the best apple galette filling.

Apple and cheddar make the best grilled cheese sandwiches too!

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Joanne December 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

Honeycrisps are def def def the bomb. I’m addicted to them. But they’re so expensive! I’m becoming poor because of apples. True.

Love the apple/cheddar combo! Especially with the cinnamon. Awesome.

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Sarah December 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

That looks delicious! I really love honey crisp apples from my local apple orchard. They’re huge and take me at least 5 minutes to eat one.

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Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! December 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

I really must try this apple and cheddar combo. And I’m right there with you on judging the golden/red delicious variety. there’s nothing delicious about an apple with no texture. Gala’s rock!

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Sasha @ Global Table Adventure December 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Yum.. and if the cheddar is room temperature it will be even sharper and more flavorful.

Also, this sounds like the perfect after-school snack. Except my daughter is still only 1 1/2 years old. Which, honestly, is fine by me. She doesn’t need to grow up… ever.

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Jamie December 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

We have plenty of Honey Crisps here in Ottawa, Canada! =] They are delicious

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sarah December 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Delicious! I’ve never had a Honey Crisp apple (and it seems like I’m really missing out….) but Pink Lady apples are my favorite, and pretty abundant in Los Angeles! Give em a try!

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Caroline December 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I’ll definitely try those, but I think you should make it a priority to try some honey crisps soon!

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Sylvie December 16, 2010 at 3:23 am

I’ve been finding Honey Crisps at the Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods near me in LA recently. I love them too and stock up when I can find them. I’ve also been loving Black Arkansas apples lately.

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Caroline December 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Which Trader Joes??? They one near me never has them, but I would probably drive across town to stock up, haha.

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Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! December 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

Apple and cheddar is one of my favorite combos!!! LOVE the idea on crostini!

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Natalie December 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Using a veggie peeler on block cheese = I never thought of this = life changing . . . at least when it comes to cheese. :)

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Dana @ My Cherry Pie March 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I’ve never heard of honey crisps. I feel like I’m missing out now!! If I find some, I will send them your way :)

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