These sweet and savory apple brie crostini are an amazing appetizer to make for the holiday season or any time you need an easy appetizer!
Do you do a fancy dinner for New Year’s Eve or are you more like me and do a big spread of different appetizers to snack on all night long? Fancy dinners are great, this brown butter brussels sprouts pasta would be great to make if you’re going that direction.
However, if you’re going with appetizers you need to make this easy apple brie crostini. You only need a handful of ingredients to make them and the combination of gooey, melted brie with the sweetness of the apple and honey is a fantastic combination!
Ingredients For Apple Brie Crostini
- apple – I recommend Honeycrisp or Pink Lady for a sweet, crisp apple.
- walnuts – take the time to toast them as it greatly improves the flavor.
- fresh thyme – Please don’t substitute for dried thyme.
- cayenne (optional, but amazing if you like a little heat with your sweet)
How To Make Apple Brie Crostini
Start by slicing the baguette into approximately 1/2 inch thick slices. It doesn’t need to be exact. Lay them out on a sheet pan. It’s best to line the sheet pan with parchment paper in case the melted brie oozes over or through the baguette slices.
Cut the brie into slices that fit on top of the crostini. Brie is easiest to cut when it’s cold, you can even pop it into the freezer for a few minutes to make it easier.
If you don’t like the rind on brie or are worried that your guests might not, simply cut it off. The rind of brie can taste extra bloomy, which some people don’t enjoy. But that being said, it’s completely edible and it isn’t necessary to cut it off.
Place the slices of brie on top of the crostini and then bake them in a preheated oven for 6-8 minutes or until the brie is melted and gooey.
While the crostini bakes, cut an apple into thin slices. If you’re only making 12 crostini you’ll only need half of an apple. Chops the walnuts and strip the thyme leaves from the stems.
When the crostini comes out of the oven top them with an apple slices, chopped toasted walnuts, thyme leaves, a sprinkle of cayenne, and then drizzle with honey.
Customize Apple Brie Crostini
- If you don’t like brie try using camembert, fontina, fresh mozzarella, gouda, or a sharp white cheddar.
- Add a prosciutto on top of the apple for a salty savory addition.
- Skip the walnuts or use toasted pecans, hazelnuts, or even candied nuts.
- Add a couple pieces of arugula on top for a peppery bite.
Can Apple Brie Crostini Be Make Ahead Of Time?
I don’t advise fully assembling the crostini ahead of time. You can slice the baguette a day in advance and toast and chops the walnuts ahead of time as well. You can even pre-slice the brie and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator a day or two in advance.
More New Year’s Eve Appetizers
- Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Goat Cheese Bites
- Baked Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups
- Skinny Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip
- Baked Mozzarella and Marinara Dip
- Baked Brie and Fig Jam Bites
- Roasted Red Pepper, Olive and Ricotta Crostini
- 1/2 of a baguette (about 12 slices)
- 12 slices of brie, cut about 1/2 inch thick, rind on or off
- 1/2 of an apple, cut into 12 thin slices
- 3 tablespoons toasted chopped walnuts
- Cayenne pepper for sprinkling on top of the crostini (optional)
- Honey for drizzling and fresh thyme for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper if you have it. It's not necessary, but will make it easier to remove the crostini if the cheese melts onto the baking sheet.
- Place the baguette slices on the baking sheet and top with a slice of brie. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the brie is melted.
- While the crostini bakes, slice the apple. Remove the crostini from the oven and top them with a slice of apple, a sprinkle of cayenne, chopped walnuts, thyme leaves, and then drizzle with honey. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g
Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a registered dietician for the most accurate nutritional information.