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The Speckled Palate
October 17, 2018

Apple Chutney Bruschetta

Toasted bread topped with goat cheese and sweet and sour apple chutney makes this Apple Chutney Bruschetta appetizer the perfect fall nibble. It is quick, easy and full of flavor. This fall-flavored makes a great bite for any seasonal gathering or even an at-home date night!

Close up of Apple Chutney Bruschetta, an easy fall appetizer to make for a crowd or an at-home date night

Hi, friends! Today, Cheryl from Pook’s Pantry is taking over TSP. Last December, Cheryl and I were paired up for a cookie exchange. Unsurprisingly, it was a delicious way to meet, and we were fast friends! We’ve been in touch ever since, and when she visited Dallas this past summer, we met up at the Farmer’s Market. Unsurprisingly, we had a fabulous time, and I look forward to seeing her face again later this year when they are visiting again!

Cheryl and I share an affinity for easy finger foods and serving them at home to guests and our families, too. So today, that’s what she’s bringing to the table. Without further ado, here’s Cheryl! Be sure to swing by her blog to give her some love there, too. – Erin

Greetings, fellow lovers of TSP! My name is Cheryl and I blog about—you guessed it—food over at Pook’s Pantry.

I am honored and tickled pink to be helping out here while Erin is enjoying sweet snuggles and inhaling that new baby smell.

Making a big batch of crostini piled high with tasty toppings is my go-to appetizer. This is something Erin and I have in common. I absolutely love having friends over, and everyone knows if you’re coming to my house, you’ll leave full.

This doesn’t mean that I have to spend all day in front of the stove. I do this already for my job—I’m a private chef—so I like to have casual, easy nibbles when I’m hosting friends.

Apple Chutney Bruschetta line a white plate, served with glasses of white wine.

Working in the restaurant, we used to make crostini by the tens of dozens, especially around the holidays!

For this particular recipe, I prefer to do the bread in the oven instead of the grill. It’s personal preference, but the grill will impart a smokiness that I don’t want.

Now, if we’re talking fresh mozzarella and perfectly ripe summer tomatoes, then absolutely grill it!

Toasting the bread on a sheet pan for a few minutes is as easy as it gets. A little brush of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, and you’re in business.

Close up of Apple Chutney Bruschetta, an easy fall appetizer to make for a crowd or an at-home date night

What exactly is chutney?

Chutney is a condiment that usually has the consistency of jam. It has both sweet and sour elements to it, most often from sugar and vinegar. It commonly has fruit and also onions to balance out the sweet and savory.

In this apple chutney, I’ve used red onions to balance the green apples, along with brown sugar and vinegar.

I’m a big fan of sweet and sour. It’s all about hitting your tongue with that “zing” of flavor that’s not too sweet, nor too sour, but definitely packs a punch.

If you like sweet and sour, try my Sicilian Eggplant Caponata recipe. It makes a very tasty topping, too!

Overhead image of Apple Chutney Bruschetta, served on a white platter

Why does this Apple Chutney Bruschetta work?

The buttery, crunchy bread is topped with creamy goat cheese and piled high with sweet and sour apple chutney. All of these components work together to give you a delicious bite!

If you aren’t a fan of goat cheese, you could certainly swap out ricotta or even cream cheese.

Do you hate raisins? Leave them out and double the dried cranberries!

Pinterest graphic of Apple Chutney Bruschetta, featuring a close up of the final bruschetta and text

What can I serve with this Apple Chutney Bruschetta?

Now who’s ready for some fall-flavored bruschetta?

Scroll on down to learn how to make ’em…

Close up of Apple Chutney Bruschetta, an easy fall appetizer to make for a crowd or an at-home date night
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Apple Chutney Bruschetta

Toasted bread topped with goat cheese and sweet and sour apple chutney makes this Apple Chutney Bruschetta appetizer the perfect fall nibble. It is quick, easy and full of flavor. This fall-flavored makes a great bite for any seasonal gathering or even an at-home date night! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, bruschetta, chutney, fall appetizer, thanksgiving appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 206 kcal

Ingredients

Apple Chutney

  • 2 Granny Smith Apples , medium; peeled, cored and ¼-inch diced
  • 1 red onion , small; ¼-inch diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger , minced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar , lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (can substitute currants or golden raisins)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon , juiced
  • 1/2 lemon , zested

Bruschetta

  • 1 loaf ficelle (or a baguette), sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • Apple Chutney , recipe above

Instructions

Make the Chutney

  1. In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add red onion and cook until translucent (about 6 minutes). Add ginger and garlic, cook until fragrant (about 3 minutes).  

  2. Add vinegar, brown sugar, raisins, cranberries, salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add apples and lemon juice/zest (if using) and cook for an additional 10 minutes until apples are soft, but not mushy and falling apart.

  3. Chutney should be fairly thick and not runny. It will thicken a little as it cools, but if you have too much liquid at this point, increase heat to medium high and let it boil for a few minutes to cook off the liquid.

  4. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temp before storing.

Make the Bruschetta

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. Slice the ficelle thin with a serrated knife, and brush with olive oil.

  3. Brush the sliced bread with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet, and toast for 10 minutes.

  4. When the bread has been toasted, remove from the oven.

  5. Smear the bread with goat cheese, then add the chutney on top.

  6. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Apple Chutney Bruschetta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 555mg 23%
Potassium 138mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Vitamin C 3.9%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 6.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 Comments

  1. Cheryl | Pook's Pantry

    YAY! Thank you so much for letting me host today! So much fun 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you and fam!

    • Erin

      You’re so welcome! Thank YOU so much for taking the reins for the post, Cheryl! We love this recipe, and I cannot wait to see you in December!

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