Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Feta Crostini with Tomato, Bacon, and Apple Jam

This was an elegant little appetizer that was easy to put together and made an impressive presentation. The bacon gives the jam a smoky, salty flavor; while the apples give it a little bit of sweetness. Try to cut the apples and onion the same size as the diced tomatoes so that the jam has a uniform look to it and you get all the flavors in one bite.

So make this for a cozy evening in at home or to bring to a dinner party - it will be a hit!
Feta Crostini with Tomato, Bacon, and Apple Jam
from Better Homes and Gardens, September 2010 issue
Makes about 30 pieces

1/2 pound smoked bacon, or 8 tablespoons REAL Bacon Bits
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup sugar
1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 loaf baguette style French-bread, thinly sliced (toasted, optional)
8 ounces crumbled Feta cheese
snipped fresh or dried chives

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until just browned, about 5 minutes. (Omit if using Bacon Bits.) Transfer to paper towel to drain and cool; crumble.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine drained tomatoes, sugar, apple, onion, vinegar, salt, pepper, and bacon. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring often, for 12 minutes or until apples are tender and most of the liquid is reduced.

Remove pan from heat; let sit for 5 minutes. (If making jam ahead, just rewarm.)

Top each baguette slice with a spoonful of warm jam, then sprinkle with crumbled Feta and chives. Serve immediately.


Jaime and Jen DISH said...

OH MAN, these look so good especially with feta and bacon.....What a great appetizer! Thank you for sharing!!!


Jaime and Jen Dish

Anonymous said...

great post thanks