Friday, February 24, 2017 / ... comments / appetizers , Dessert , Featured , fruit , Vegan , Vegetarian
White Balsamic Fruit Crostini
This post is sponsored by Alessi. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting my work.
Now that the rain has stopped and the sun is shining again, I've got spring on my mind. I went out on a run on Sunday and the hills were green and speckled with wild flowers. Alessi sent me a lovely box of goodies and I had so much fun playing with them. You may know Alessi from their line of delicious Italian products like olive oil. They also make flavorful balsamic reductions in a variety of flavors. The reductions are so versatile they can be used on any food, from cheese plates, to marinades, to salads, and even pancakes. One of the balsamic reductions Alessi sent me was the Raspberry Infused White Balsamic Reduction. I instantly knew I wanted to try it with fruit. I put together this balsamic fruit crostini tray as a beautiful snack or dessert idea for all your spring get-togethers. Wouldn't this be perfect for Easter and Mother's Day?! Be sure to save it to your Pinterest boards so you don't forget.
Strawberries and balsamic are a classic Italian combination. It makes an easy dessert on its own or over cake or ice cream. The tangy sweetness of the raspberry balsamic reduction is the perfect compliment to fresh fruit. The day after I served my fruit crostini platter I had leftover berries, so I turned them into an avocado, berry, basil salad dressed with the raspberry balsamic reduction. This salad is bright and fresh, but with creamy richness from the avocado, earthiness from the basil, and sweetness from the balsamic reduction. I can tell this salad will be a regular this spring and summer.
I had so much fun arranging the fruit on the tray to serve DIY style. I tucked some non-dairy cashew based chèvre cheese and the Alessi white balsamic reduction onto the tray and served sliced, toasted baguette on the side. Friends can make their own crostini or enjoy the fruit and a drizzle of the balsamic without the bread. My favorite combinations are shown above. I just might start eating the avocado, strawberry, and basil version for lunch daily.
DIY Balsamic Fruit Crostiniyummy mummy kitchen
How to put together an Italian inspired fruit crostini platter.
- 1 baguette, sliced and lightly toasted
- 5 oz. blueberries
- 5 oz. strawberries
- 5 oz. raspberries or blackberries
- 2 peaches or nectarines, sliced
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
- 1 lemon
- 6 oz. soft cheese such as chevre or ricotta (I used nut based, non-dairy)
- 1 bottle Alessi balsamic reduction
- 1 bunch fresh basil, thinly sliced or left whole to tear into pieces
- Arrange the fruit on a serving platter or tray around the balsamic and cheese. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the avocado and cut fruit to slow browning. Tuck the basil around the platter. Don't forget a serving fork or tongs and a knife to spread the cheese.
- Create your own DIY fruit crostini by topping the bread slices with cheese or avocado, fruit, a drizzle of balsamic reduction, and a fresh basil garnish.
Prep Time: 15 mins.