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Blackberry thyme crostini with Blue Cheese

Blackberry thyme crostini with Blue Cheese

8 servings
Sweet Cheesy

ingredients

Blackberry thyme compote:

  • 2 pints half fresh blackberries (or 10 ounces frozen)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup natural cane sugar
  • 1 - 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Crostini

  • 1 Castello® Castello® Extra Creamy Danish Blue
  • ½ cup fresh whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 baguette, sliced on the diagonal into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • honey for drizzling
  • flaky sea salt
  • fresh thyme leaves for garnish

preparation

1. In a wide saucepan, combine the blackberries, lemon juice, sugar and thyme. Cook over low heat until the sugar melts, then bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until blackberries become thick and syrupy.

2. Stir in the vinegar and simmer for an additional minute. Transfer to a storage jar and set aside to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Compote will continue to set and thicken as it cools.

3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice baguette on the diagonal into 1/4-inch slices. Lightly brush both sides with olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted and golden, about 10 to12 minutes.

4. Roughly chop the blue cheese into large chunks. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the blue cheese and ricotta. Whisk together the cheeses until light and creamy, starting on low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high, about 2 minutes.

5. To assemble, spread about a tablespoon of the whipped blue cheese and ricotta on a slice of toasted baguette. Spoon a couple teaspoons of blackberry thyme compote on top. Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with flaky sea salt, and garnish with a few fresh thyme leaves. Serve immediately.