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Warm Brie Crostini with Fresh Apple & Pomegranate

An easy little party appetizer or hors d’oeuvre perfect for holiday gatherings. If you love brie you will love this warm brie crostini recipe topped with a fresh apple and pomegranate salad.

Warm melted brie on a crisp, buttered crostini, then topped with a fresh apple and pomegranate salad, what’s not to like!?

warm brie crostini's served on a black slate board

So simple to prepare and assemble, this recipe makes a great last-minute appetizer.

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The holidays are a time of year when we all enjoy gathering with friends, family, and co-workers to enjoy good food and drink.

Even though this year’s gatherings maybe a little smaller, doesn’t mean we need to stop enjoying good food!

So, if you are looking for quick and easy finger food to serve over the holidays, try ou this brie crostini! You won’t be disappointed!

Tips and Tricks

Everyone is busy over the holidays, and slaving in the kitchen over countless recipes just isn’t for everyone.

It’s why we created this really easy appetizer that can be quickly prepared ahead of time and served as quickly as possible.

Here are a few tips to make your life as easy as possible:

  1. Make sure you have all the required ingredients before you begin!

While this may seem like a no brainer, I am always surprised by how many people start a recipe without making sure they have everything they need!

2. Toast the crostinis a day in advance. No one likes stale bread, and baguettes dry out and go stale notoriously quick. To avoid this, slice, butter, and toast the baguette the day before you plan on serving this tasty appetizer. Once cooled, the toasted crostinis can be stored in an airtight container without losing freshness for a few days. It’s an easy way to cut out one extra step when you plan on serving this recipe.

sliced baguette bread on a wooden cutting board

3. Cut and break apart the pomegranate early, and store the arils( the individual fruits) in a container in the fridge. If stored properly with a lid, the arils will stay fresh and won’t dry out. A great way to avoid any last-minute pomegranate juice mess! The arils make for easy snacking too!

breaking apart pomegranate arils over a small glass dish

Learn how to cut and open a pomegranate with zero mess in this how-to guide.

4. Leave the diced apple to the very last minute. Apples will oxidize (turn brown) quickly once cut and exposed to air, and these crostinis just aren’t as pretty if the apples turn brown.

Warm Brie Crostini with Fresh Apple & Pomegranate

To make this super tasty party appetizer, you’ll need:

  • 1 baguette – sliced into rounds
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 180 gram packadge brie cheese or goats milk brie
  • 1 pomegranate – arils removed
  • 1 gala apple
  • 1/2 lemon – zested and juiced
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 Fresh baby arugula leaves
  • Coarse ground black pepper
  • salt to taste

Instructions

Toasting The Baguette

1. Start by preheating your oven to 400F. Slice half the baguette into two dozen rounds with a serrated slicer and butter each slice. Lay the buttered baguette slices butter side up on a parchment-lined sheet pan.

buttering slices of fresh baguette bread and placing them on a sheet pan

2. Toast the buttered slices for 5-6 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove the toasted baguette from the oven and season the crostinis with salt and cracked black pepper. Let fully cool.

Chefs Tip: If preparing the crostinis ahead of time, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

Preparing the Garnishes

3. Cut and break apart the pomegranate, and set aside the arils. You can watch a video on how to do this with zero mess in our “how to cut a pomegranate guide”.

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a cut pomegranate on a wooden table with zero mess

4. Slice the brie into thin slices and trim them so each slice is roughly the length of a crostini.

brie cut into thin slices on a wooden cutting board

5. Core the apples and use a sharp chef’s knife to dice the apple into small cubes. Keep the cubes small, remember they need to easily fit in your mouth along with a crostini!

cutting fresh apple into small cubes

6. In a small bowl, mix together the diced apple, pomegranate arils, lemon juice, zest, salt, pepper and maple syrup. Mix together and re-season if needed.

Melting The Brie & Garnishing The Crostini’s

7 . If not already on, pre-heat the oven to 400f. Place the toasted crostinis back on a sheet pan in neat rows, and top each crostini with a slice of brie. Toast until the brie just barely starts to melt.

topping the crostini's with the sliced brie

8. Once the brie has melted, remove the pan from the oven and, working quickly yet carefully, top each crostini with a small spoon full of the apple salad. Tope each warm brie crostini with a small leaf of fresh baby arugula.

warm brie crostini's served on a black slate board

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warm brie crostini's topped with a fresh apple and pomegranate salad on a black slate serving board

Warm Brie Crostini with Fresh Apple & Pomegranate

Chef Markus Mueller
A simple appetizer or party food, these warm brie crostini's are topped with a fresh apple and pomegranate salad. A perfect blend of sweet and savoury!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 2 dozen
Calories 71.3 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 baguette – sliced into rounds
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 180 gram packadge brie cheese or goats milk brie
  • 1 pomegranate – arils removed
  • 1 gala apple
  • 1/2 lemon – zested and juiced
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 Fresh baby arugula leaves
  • Coarse ground black pepper
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

Toasting The Baguette (Can Be Done Ahead Of Time)

  • Start by preheating your oven to 400F. Slice half the baguette into about 2 dozen rounds with a serrated slicer and butter each slice. Lay the buttered baguette slices butter side up on a parchment-lined sheet pan.
    buttering slices of fresh baguette bread and placing them on a sheet pan
  • Toast the buttered slices for 5-6 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove the toasted baguette from the oven and season the crostini with salt and cracked black pepper. Let fully cool.

Preparing the Garnishes

  • Cut and break apart the pomegranate, and set aside the arils.
    breaking apart pomegranate arils over a small glass dish
  • Slice the brie into thin slices and trim them so each slice is roughly the length of a crostini.
    brie cut into thin slices on a wooden cutting board
  • Core the apples and use a sharp chef’s knife to dice the apple into small cubes. Keep the cubes small, remember they need to easily fit in your mouth along with a crostini!
    cutting fresh apple into small cubes
  • In a small bowl, mix together the diced apple, pomegranate arils, lemon juice, zest, salt, pepper and maple syrup. Mix together and re-season if needed.
    adding lemon and maple syrup tpo the fresh apple salad

Melting The Brie & Garnishing The Crostini's

  • If not already on, pre-heat the oven to 400F. Place the crostinis back on a sheet pan in neat rows. Top each crostini with a slice of brie. Toast the brie topped crostini's until the brie starts to melt.
    topping the crostini's with the sliced brie
  • Once the brie has melted, remove the pan from the oven and, working quickly yet carefully, top each crostini with a small spoon full of the apple salad. Top each warm brie crostini with a small leaf of fresh baby arugula. Serve immediately.
    topping the warm brie crostini's with the apple salad

Notes

  • If preparing the crostinis ahead of time, store them in an air tight container at room temperature.
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