Try some pumpkin butter crostini for your holiday appetizer spread.
While you’re busy ensuring everything is coming together perfectly for dinner, give your guests something to snack on! The appetizers are an important addition to your holiday menu.
Brooke Harmer shares her recipe for pumpkin butter crostini. You can use a knife to spread the pumpkin butter, but the back of a spoon is easier and more visually appealing. Each part of this recipe can be prepared ahead of time, but assemble them just before serving.
Pumpkin Butter Crostini
Makes 16 crostini
- 1 baguette, cut into 16 slices
- 1 batch sugar free pumpkin butter
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 1/3 C nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 slices turkey bacon, diced
- 1 tablespoon sugar-free maple syrup
- 1/3 C salted pepitas
- Fresh sage leaves
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a sheet pan with tin foil and a cooling rack.
- Arrange the slices of baguette in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and spray each piece with cooking spray. Bake for 6-10 minutes or until the baguette slices are toasted and slightly browned. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, make the whipped goat cheese. Add the goat cheese and Greek yogurt to a food processor and blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides, add a pinch of salt, and blend again until smooth. Set aside.
- Heat a small saucepan to medium-low heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the turkey bacon, maple syrup, and a pinch of fresh black pepper. Sauté for 5-8 minutes until the bacon caramelizes and is starting to crisp up. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
- Using the back of a spoon, smear about a tablespoon of pumpkin butter on a slice of baguette. Use another spoon to smear a tablespoon of goat cheese on top of the pumpkin butter. Sprinkle a few pepitas and pieces of bacon on top, then finish with a fresh sage leaf.
- Repeat with each crostini until all ingredients are finished. Sprinkle a bit of fresh ground sea salt and black pepper over all the crostini slices to finish. Serve immediately.