Point Reyes Blue Cheese Crostini Appetizers

Point Reyes Blue Cheese Crostini Appetizers

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Recipe by Stephen Pavy

Makes 24 crostini

Serve with Joseph Phelps Vineyards Viognier

This is a simple and yet tasty appetizer and a good one to serve when people are arriving at different times. The Point Reyes Blue Cheese is a marvelous blue with a tangy saltiness that comes from the cows grazing on grasslands adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. The Joseph Phelps Vineyards Vigonier pairs well with the cheese, salt, and fruitiness of the appetizer by offering its own rich aromas, creaminess, and solid backbone of acidity.

Crostini

24 slices French baguette, about 1/2 inch each
  Good-quality olive oil


Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the bread slices on a cookie sheet. Brush the slices with olive oil and bake for about 12 minutes or until lightly golden.

Fig Preserves: Click here. You can make this ahead of time or purchase good-quality fig preserves.

Point Reyes Blue Cheese Spread

1/2 cup Point Reyes Blue Cheese. (You may use another blue cheese, but try and find one that has a crumbly and salty character.)
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese


In a food processor puree both cheeses until smooth. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon of the blue cheese on each crostini. Top with 1/2 teaspoon fig preserve.