Jul 29
2013

Sweet Nectarine Crostini Recipe with Feta Cheese

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Sweet nectarines, serrano chile and feta cheese come together for a fantastic salty and sweet crostini appetizer topping.
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I met Lori Lange of Recipe Girl a couple of times since I started blogging, but really didn’t have a chance to get to know her until we shared a hotel room at the end of Georgia Pellegrini’s inaugural Girl Hunter weekend about a year and a half ago. Lori is not only one of the original bloggers, with a recipe archive that would keep any family well-fed and satisfied for at least five years, and author of her new book, aptly named The Recipe Girl Cookbook. She is also a dedicated wife, and mother to her soon Brooks (with a blog of his own, called Recipe Boy).

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This sweet nectarine crostini is just one of the many fantastic recipes in Lori’s book. In fact, there are nearly 200 recipes, ranging from breakfast favorites and dinner ideas to decadent desserts and cocktails. Each recipe comes with a “Change it up” suggestion, allowing you to dream up variations on the printed recipe. Recipes are denoted with icons that indicate vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. In other words, this is a very user-friendly book.

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The sweetness of the nectarines is balanced by the tang of fresh lime juice and the saltiness of feta cheese. Pile the mixture on top of toasted baguette pieces and you have a sure-fire winner. This would be a fantastic topping for grilled fish!

Of course, I couldn’t help myself…I had to make a couple of changes, though they were very small. I slightly reduced the amount of olive oil used and used only a third of the feta cheese called for in the recipe. This reduced the calorie and fat count considerably without sacrificing flavor.

Thanks to Lori for such a wonderful recipe!

The recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place the rack in the middle of the oven.

In a medium bowl, gently toss the nectarines, bell pepper, onions, 2 teaspoons of the olive oil, the lime juice and chile. Set aside.

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Spread out the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Lightly brush the bread with the remaining 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil. Bake the baguette slices until the bread is lightly toasted, 3 to 5 minutes (watch closely so they don’t overbrown or burn).

Sweet Nectarine Crostini Recipe with Feta Cheese  | cookincanuck.com #recipe #appetizer #healthyrecipes

Remove the bread from the oven and top each slice with a spoonful of the nectarine mixture. Sprinkle the cheese on top.

Sweet Nectarine Crostini Recipe with Feta Cheese  | cookincanuck.com #recipe #appetizer #healthyrecipes

Place the baking sheet back into the oven and heat the bruschetta for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, just until the bruschetta are heated through. Serve immediately.

Other appetizers:

Healthy Appetizer Recipes | cookincanuck.com
Cookin’ Canuck’s Shrimp, Avocado & Rice Noodle Spring Rolls
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mini Grilled Stuffed Peppers with Sausage & Basil
Skinnytaste’s Skinny Shrimp Salsa
Jeanette’s Healthy Living’s Super Easy Fresh Tomato Burrata Cheese Pesto Dip
The Picky Eater’s Mini Cornmeal Cakes with Heirloom Tomato Relish

Sweet Nectarine Crostini Recipe with Feta Cheese

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 24 crostini

Serving Size: 2 crostini

Calories per serving: 49 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 2.5g / Saturated Fat 0.3g

Sweet Nectarine Crostini Recipe with Feta Cheese

Adapted from The Recipe Girl Cookbook www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 2 medium rip nectarines, pitted and finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper (about 2/3 cup)
  • 3 green onions, chopped, white parts only
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp minced Serrano chile
  • 24 thin slices whole wheat baguette
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place the rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. In a medium bowl, gently toss the nectarines, bell pepper, onions, 2 teaspoons of the olive oil, the lime juice and chile. Set aside.
  3. Spread out the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Lightly brush the bread with the remaining 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil. Bake the baguette slices until the bread is lightly toasted, 3 to 5 minutes (watch closely so they don't overbrown or burn).
  4. Remove the bread from the oven and top each slice with a spoonful of the nectarine mixture. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Place the baking sheet back into the oven and heat the bruschetta for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, just until the bruschetta are heated through. Serve immediately.

Notes

Calories 48.8 / Total Fat 2.5g / Saturated Fat 0.3g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 39.0mg / Total Carbohydrates 6.3g / Fiber 0.9g / Sugars 2.1g / Protein 1.0g / WW (Old Points) 1 / WW (Points+)

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 29, 2013 at 5:34 am

I have Lori’s book and absolutely love it! I haven’t made this appetizer, but it’s the perfect push I need. Lovely!

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Katrina, there really are so many fantastic recipes in Lori’s book, and I can’t wait to dive further into it.

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3 Tieghan July 29, 2013 at 7:10 am

These are simply amazing! I love the combo of fruit and cheese. YUM!

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

It really is a fantastic combination. There’s something about that sweet & salty duo that works so well.

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5 carrian July 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

these are amazing!

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thanks, Carrian! All of the credit goes to Lori.

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7 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective July 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

Lovely appetizers!!

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thanks, Sommer!

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9 Kulsum July 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

Lori always has great recipes! This looks great as well.

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

She really does!

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11 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats July 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

LOVE nectarines and feta together! These must be amazing!

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thanks, Alaina. I’m trying to dream up all sorts of ways I can use this combination.

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13 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch July 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

these do look amazing!

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Thanks, Robyn. They really are!

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15 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

I love nectarines with feta, fabulous crostini!

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Thanks, Laura. I’m sold on nectarines with feta, that’s for certain.

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17 Mr. & Mrs. P July 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Love the combination of the nectarine and the feta!! Its sounds like a match made in foodie heaven

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18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

It truly is!

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19 Lori @ RecipeGirl July 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

You are so sweet, and you’re the best roommate ever :) Thanks for sharing my cookbook and appetizer recipe. You rocked it, and I knew you could make it more healthy! XO

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20 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 30, 2013 at 8:33 am

Love Lori’s cookbook! It quickly became my favorite! This crostini is one of many many I have bookmarked. Looks fabulous!

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21 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 31, 2013 at 7:09 am

What fun appetizers! Love the nectarine and feta combination!

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22 Nutmeg nanny August 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm

This is so fantastic! Perfect appetizer :)

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