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
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.