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Persimmon Cranberry Goat Cheese Crostini
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October 27, 2015 Comments Off on Persimmon Cranberry Goat Cheese Crostini
Have you ever tasted a fresh persimmon? The heart-shaped, or Hachiya, variety, is unpalatable & quite astringent in flavor when eaten raw. However, the Asian, or Jiro, persimmon, which resembles a tomato, is quite delicious when eaten raw. I recently tasted a Jiro persimmon earlier this autumn at the fall festival at Émilie’s school…all I can say is “OMG”. Delicious. Slightly tart & not overly sweet with a velvet-like texture, which almost reminded me of a mango. I have been thinking of different ways in which to use fresh persimmons, because they remind me so much of Fall. This simple crostini takes advantage of the persimmon’s flavor, which is even more delicious mixed with orange marmalade served atop creamy goat cheese & cranberry walnut bread, another autumn staple. For Halloween, I used a pumpkin cookie cutter, but you could use any shape, such as acorns or turkeys…and, again, pumpkins…for Thanksgiving. This appetizer would also be delicious during the December Holidays and provide a bright splash of color to any buffet!
Cut the cranberry walnut bread into the shapes you wish to serve (a)...I remove the crusts because the crostini are easier to eat...the crusts become too hard to chew when toasted. Place the bread shapes on a silicone-lined baking sheet (b) & bake until toasted, about 10-12 minutes...you want the edges to be nicely browned (c).
While the bread shapes are toasting, chop the persimmon into small (¼-inch) cubes (a). Place the persimmon cubes in a bowl & add a heaping teaspoon of orange marmalade, and mix until the persimmon cubes are completely covered with the marmalade (b).
Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on each toast (a). Place a spoonful of the persimmon-marmalade mixture on the goat cheese (b). Sprinkle with finishing or sea salt just before serving (c).
This is a great Fall & Winter Holiday appetizer. For Halloween, use a pumpkin cookie cutter to make the cranberry walnut toasts...for Thanksgiving, you can use a pumpkin, acorn or turkey cookie cutter...for the Holidays, snowflakes & stars are fun, and experiment with the shape you think is best! The possibilities are endless!