As we approach the tail end of a great stone fruit season, I couldn’t let these beautiful plums go unnoticed.  Quick bites have been a vital asset to my everyday life for the past couple of months. I bet that you could say the same! Today, I made a crostini with blue cheese, yellow tomatoes, mint, and plums. I love this dish because its quick, easy, and transports well in containers.

The plums add a nice balance with the tomatoes because of the sweet and acidic ratio. It’s also been spiced up with star anise and bay leaves to give the mixture a little pep in its step. I suggest that you pick your favorite blue cheese to symphonically bring the flavors together. If you're not a fan of blue cheese, goat cheese works also. We can’t forget about the bread! This component gives the dish great texture. I recommend grilling the bread, you can toast it in the oven as well.

Overall, the dish was a hit! It was a beautifully balanced and recommended to cook for your friends. Enjoy!!


Crostini, Blue Cheese, Plum, and Mint

Crostini, Blue Cheese, Plum, and Mint

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A quick, easy, and healthy dish that transports well in containers.

Ingredients

  • 1 french baguette
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 5 plums, medium diced
  • 8oz golden tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/2 cup port or red wine
  • 1/2 sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 oz of your favorite blue cheese
  • 10 leaves of mint, chiffonade

Instructions

  1. In a 10 inch pan, heat olive oil at medium high heat. Add plums and caramelize for 3-4 minutes. Deglaze with red wine or port. Reduce by 1/4. Add sugar,salt, tomatoes,  bay leaves and star anise. Cook for 20 minutes at medium high heat until juices reduce by 1/2.
  2. In a small pan, melt butter.
  3. Slice baguette into 1/2 inch slices. Brush with butter and season with salt and pepper.
  4. At medium-high heat, cook on a grill pan until for 15-20 seconds on each sides. If you don’t have a grill pan, you can toast in the oven at 375 degrees for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle blue cheese on each slice.
  6. Top with plum mixture and add mint.
  7. Serve.

    Notes

      Great to served at room temperature, but best when served hot.