Goat Cheese and Blackberry Thyme Jam Crostini

Goat Cheese and Blackberry Thyme Jam Crostini by Nutmeg Nanny

 

I should really not admit this but I rarely ever throw parties. I love being social but usually on a much more causal setting. I like to lounge in PJ’s or yoga pans just laugh, gossip, eat and {of course} drink. Sometimes I like to go fancy with my snacks and sometimes I’m happy with just a bag of chips. Don’t judge me. You know you love chips.

I was asked to work together with Godiva and throw a small get together with a few friends to sample their new decadent dark truffles. I never turn down the chance to sample chocolate. Plus my friends are all chocolate lovers too so I’m sure they would be annoyed with me if I said no.

We all loved the truffles but hands down my favorite was the 72% extra dark chocolate. I’m set on giving my whole family a flight of these truffles just so I can steal that one out of their box. That’s totally acceptable…right?

Goat Cheese and Blackberry Thyme Jam Crostini by Nutmeg Nanny

While I’m happy to simply munch on chocolate all night that wouldn’t really be fair to my guests. I made this simple appetizer by making a quick blackberry thyme jam and spooned it over soft goat cheese and toasted bread. I used pumpernickel since that is what I had sitting on my counter.

If you have never made your own jam before you will be surprised at how shockingly simple it really can be. This jam was ready in under 30 minutes and uses all natural ingredients {no added store bought pectin} and was delicious warm, room temperature or even cold. I liked serving it just a little warm spooned over the goat cheese. Now I’m sad I don’t have any leftover for breakfast.

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Goat Cheese and Blackberry Thyme Jam Crostini

Yield: 12 appetizer pieces

Prep Time: 15

Cook Time: 20

Total Time: 40

Ingredients:

For jam
1 cup fresh blackberries
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2-3 teaspoons lemon juice
3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed

For crostini
12 small pieces of toasted bread
8 ounces soft goat cheese
Fresh thyme, leaves removed

Directions:

For jam
In a medium sized sauce pan add blackberries. Smash with a potato masher until they are juicy and broken up.

Add in brown sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and thyme leaves. Cook on medium-high heat for about 15-20 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken. Cook until you reach desired consistency but know that the jam will get a little thicker as it cools and starts to set.

Take off heat, set aside and cool.

For crostini
Toast bread and spread with goat cheese.

Spoon jam on top of the goat cheese and sprinkle with a little more thyme.

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INTRODUCING THE GODIVA Truffle Flight! Get ready to experience truffles as you never have before. Much like you would taste a wine flight, tasting a GODIVA Truffle Flight is a progressive exploration of flavors, textures and aromas. Our Executive Chef Chocolatier, Thierry Muret, personally selected the truffles in each of the six flights, placing them in order for the ideal tasting experience. The concept is thoroughly groundbreaking—we know because we invented it—and deliciously GODIVA

Disclosure: Compensated post by Godiva

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10 Responses to “Goat Cheese and Blackberry Thyme Jam Crostini”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    This looks so good!! Yum!!

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — September 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    These are SO elegant!!

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    Joanne — September 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    A chocolate party is DEFINITELY my kind of party!! And I can never say no to crostini either. Especially not when homemade jam and my favorite cheese is involved.

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — September 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    LOVE these! Im totallly a stay at home, eat a bag of chips kind of girl too. So nice. How can I get on board with a godiva party, drool! These sound incredible, love the combination of flavors! Sharing these asap!

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    Reeni — September 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I would love this for breakfast right now! Such a delectable combo! With some of those chocolates, please?

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 3, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Such a gorgeous crostini – I love it!

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — October 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I love blackberries and goat cheese together – one of my favorite combinations for sure! And I am with you on the type of party I like to attend. Casual and with drinks – and with this crostini for the next time I am with friends for a small get together!!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — October 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I like your method of yoga-pant-entertaining, that’s totally my speed too. But throw in some Godiva – oh hey girl we got our selves a soiree goinn ONNN!! Im in love.

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