Thyme, Honey, Peach, and Goat Cheese Crostini.
Thyme, Honey, Peach, and Goat Cheese Crostini. Grilled ciabatta bread with creamy goat cheese, sweet peaches, thyme, honey, walnuts, and fresh basil. This crostini screams summer entertaining and light lunches, and is the perfect way to use up those fresh farmers market peaches from now until early fall. Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll be making these crostini all summer long.
Getting back into the groove of real life after a week plus of being on vacation isn’t the easiest task, but I am chugging away. After a weekend full of all things work, I have one more very full day left in NYC today, then it’s back home to Colorado early tomorrow morning. As much as I’ve loved being away in tropical paradise and my time here in NYC, I have to say that I am excited to get back to my own bed, my favorite hiking partner, Merle, and yes, I am very excited to get back to cooking!
It’s been over two weeks since I’ve stepped foot in the kitchen and I think this will have been the longest I have gone without cooking even a breakfast or lunch in probably years. It was a nice break, but kind of too long. It’s safe to say that I love being in the kitchen and cooking, so I can’t wait to get back to it this week.
What’s the first thing I’ll be making tomorrow when I get home? Without a doubt, this peach crostini.
For one, I know that after two weeks of being away, the only thing that has the potential of still being edible are the peaches and goat cheese I have in the fridge. Thankfully, my freezer is stocked with ciabatta and my garden is overflowing with herbs that are screaming to be picked.
While that’s my hope anyway! We’ve had our neighbor taking care of the garden, so I’m assuming it’s been watered. Hopefully, all the herbs should be overflowing. Cannot wait to start cooking up all the herb filled recipes I’ve been brainstorming.
In the meantime, let’s talk about this crostini that I made before taking off for the Caribbean (where my family is still happily soaking up the sunshine).
It’s really no secret that I love a good crostini/toast situation. If you look at the appetizer section on HBH, you’ll find a quite few recipes involving toasted bread, but I mean, what’s not to love about crostini? It’s always a good idea in my book, and there are so many different ways you can do up a piece of toasted bread.
Today I’m going the very summery route and using fresh peaches, because peach season is finally here and I’m pretty happy about it.
Here are the details.
To start, find a good loaf if crusty bread that can hold up to some heavy toppings. I love using a loaf of ciabatta bread because it grills nicely, and well, it’s delicious.
Next up, the goat cheese. I like to use a simple creamy goat cheese log. Make sure the goat cheese is at room temperature so that it’s easily spreadable. Not a big deal if you forget to take it out of the fridge, but it’s just a littler harder to uniformly spread onto the bread.
The key to this crostini though is the peaches. While it’s a little early into peach season, I was able to find some super sweet, but still firm, Colorado peaches that were perfect for this crostini. I left my peaches raw to really let the sweetness and flavor from the peaches shine through. If your peaches are a bit under ripe, you can grill them along side the bread to help bring out their natural sweetness.
To finish the crostini, I topped the peaches with toasted walnuts, fresh thyme, basil, and a generous drizzle of honey.
Simple, but PERFECT…and PRETTY!
Which you know I love.
So. I know that this recipe is technically considered more of an appetizer, but I’m excited to eat it as a late lunch tomorrow. It’s all of my favorite foods, so easy to make, and the perfect meal to welcome me home.
That said, I will also be making this crostini again on the 4th of July. I still have no idea what my menu for the 4th looks like, but I do have two recipes that I know for sure will be on my menu. This crostini, and these ice cream sandwiches.
Cheese, fruit, and chocolate? Sounds like I have my priorities in check…
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Thyme Honey, Peach, and Goat Cheese Crostini
Grilled ciabatta bread with creamy goat cheese, sweet peaches, thyme, honey, walnuts, and fresh basil. This crostini screams summer entertaining, light lunches, and is perfect for using up those fresh farmers market peaches that are perfectly ripe from now until early fall.
- 6-8 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for serving
- 1 loaf ciabatta bread, sliced
- extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- kosher salt and pepper
- 2 ripe peaches, sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
- thyme honey or regular honey, for drizzling
- white balsamic or balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
1. Preheat your grill to high heat or preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the goat cheese, lemon juice and thyme.
3. Place the bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil on both sides of each slice, season with salt and pepper. Place the bread on the grill and grill both for about 2-3 minutes per side or until lightly toasted. Remove from the grill.
4. Spread the goat cheese over the bread and top with peaches. Season with salt and pepper. Top with basil and walnuts. Drizzle with honey and balsamic. Serve and enjoy!
Pretty, sweet, cheesy, carby, and so good.
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