I love a simple but luxe little bite to serve with cocktails or even as a wonderful quick snack. My Crostini de Brie was inspired by a similar dish I had in a cozy French bistro in Milwaukee. It’s crunchy, melty, savory and a bit sweet- everything you want to nibble on with a chilled glass of champagne!
This is the perfect recipe to keep in mind as you hit your local farmer’s markets. Fresh baguette and arugula will be on hand, and the wide variety of locally-harvested honey (try a flavored variety, like truffle or orange blossom) will be showcased beautifully in this fabulously chic hors d’oeuvre. If you are looking for something new to wow your guests with, give this a try!
Ingredients (serves 6, expand recipe as needed)
Baguette – 6 pieces, sliced ¼ inch thick on the diagonal
Unsalted Butter – 12 teaspoons, unsalted, at room temperature
Brie – 6 pieces, sliced ¼ inch thick
Honey – 6 teaspoons
Black Pepper – 3 teaspoons
Fleur de Sel – 1 ½ teaspoons
Arugula – for garnish
Preheat the broiler on the highest setting. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Butter both sides of each baguette slice with 1 teaspoon of butter. Set aside.
In a large sauté pan set over medium heat, toast the baguette slices on each side until lightly toasted and golden. Place onto the prepared half sheet pan.
Next, top each slice with brie. Drizzle each slice with 1 teaspoon of honey. Place under the broiler for 60 seconds until slightly melted but not runny. Keep an eye on them, they will burn fast!
Remove from the broiler, sprinkle evenly with pepper, Fleur de Sel and arrange on a serving dish. Garnish each crostini with a few leaves of arugula and serve warm.