I thought I’d take some time off from the blog during the holidays but as we were planning all the food that we’re going to make this weekend for our New Year’s party, I had this urge to create something delicious and share it here too. So here I am with some yummy sweet potato crostini! A.k.a the perfect appetizer or snack to have with your choice of bubbles this weekend (I’m thinking about a cocktail with kombucha!).
A true lover of Italian food would probably say that calling this a crostini is a total lie, as it’s missing a key ingredient: the bread. But as I’m a fan of doing something creative with the classics, I used thinly sliced and baked sweet potato as the bread and it turned out to be great with some cheese, pear, walnuts and thyme. I used both goat cheese and a vegan soft cheese and I think they’re both delicious – you wouldn’t even think these were vegan unless I told you. The flavors are just so great together and these make a very pretty appetizer, don’t you think? So if you’re looking for something easy to impress your friends with, these are a great option.
As the year is coming to its end, it would be natural to sum up all that’s happened. But instead of taking the long route I’ll just say that 2016 was probably the most exciting and rewarding year of my life so far, thanks to our N’Ice Cream book and our wedding in September. It’s not long ago that I thought I’d now be working for someone and just play with food on my free time but life surprised me and now I’m spending most of my days in the kitchen and working for myself as an entrepreneur. I bet 2017 will be another exciting year, as I don’t know much about it yet, but here I am with my crostini and all sorts of other goodies, ready for an adventure. Thank you for being here this year and I hope you’ll stay on this journey with me on the next one too! Sending you all lots of light, love and courage for the year that’s about to start! ♡
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Sweet Potato Crostini w/ Cheese, Pear & Thyme
inspired by Camille Styles
notes: you could try another cheese, like blue cheese or your favorite vegan cheese too in these if you like. or use apples or fresh figs instead of the pear if they’re your favorites!
makes about 12 crostini
1 sweet potato
goat cheese and / or vegan cream cheese
1 pear, rinsed
a handful of fresh thyme
1. Preheat the oven to 440 F / 225 C degrees. Wash and dry the sweet potato thoroughly and cut it into half-inch / one centimeter thick slices. Spread sweet potato slices onto a baking tray covered with baking paper and grease lightly with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes, take the tray from the oven and turn the slices and return to the oven for another 15 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are lightly browned from the edges.
2. Let the sweet potatoes cool slightly and cut the pear and goat cheese in the meantime into thin slices. Assemble the cheese, pears, walnuts and fresh thyme on top of the sweet potato slices. Serve and enjoy!