Compensation for this sponsored post was provided by Castello Cheese: Alps Selection. As always, all views and opinions, as well as the recipes herein, are my own.
You know it’s a good day when you come home to a box full of cheese waiting for you on the front stoop. Even better is when you start taste testing those cheeses and thinking about how you can incorporate them into some dynamite recipes.
As I was sampling the three different kinds of cheeses in the Castello Alps Selection, I immediately thought how much fun it would be to host a little wine and cheese party. What would I serve? I wouldn’t want to make anything super heavy or big. Nothing requiring a fork and knife. And I knew a normal, boring cheese board just wouldn’t cut it. And then it hit me. Let’s get creative with some crostini.
Two savory. Two sweet. Add in some wine and it is pretty much a complete meal. Right?
The Bacon, Caramelized Shallot, and Honey crostini was paired with the Castello Alps Selection’s Classic cheese. The Classic cheese has a texture similar to cheddar but a bit drier consistency and a pretty mild flavor.
The Roasted Cherry Tomato and Pesto Crostini paired very well with Castello Alps Selection’s Hirten cheese. With a texture and flavor similar to Parmesan (although a bit darker in color with hints of caramel-y sweetness), the Hirten cheese was a great match both within the pesto and in topping the roasted tomatoes.
Hirten cheese also made a fantastic salty counterpoint to the Roasted Grape with Thyme Crostini. I’ve honestly never roasted grapes before, and after tasting them, feel pretty darn foolish. I mean, really, they are so ridiculously good! The roasting process adds an extra dimension to the typical flavor of grapes, and it went really well with the Hirten cheese and a light sprinkling of thyme.
Saving my absolute favorite for last, is this Nectarine with Lemon-Basil Sugar Crostini, paired with Castello Alps Selection’s Weissbier cheese. The softest cheese of the bunch, Weissbier has a smooth, buttery consistency with a bit of nutty sweetness.
The nectarines were bursting with juice and perfectly ripe. And I know basil seems like the oddball out here, but it’s beautifully subtle within the lemon-basil sugar. Trust me. It’ll be your favorite as well.
Now that I have these four creative crostini recipes down, it’s time to host that wine and cheese party. Let’s see if I can round up some friends to join me 🙂Print
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