Grilled Mango & Raspberry Mint Crostini

grilled mango & raspberry mint crostini

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Crostini (meaning “little toasts” in Italian) are an Italian appetizer consisting of small slices of grilled or toasted bread and toppings. The toppings may include a variety of different cheesesmeats, and vegetables, or may be presented more simply with a brush of olive oil and herbs or a sauce. Crostini are typically made using French or Italian baguettes and are often served with wine.[1][2]

Along with bruschetta, crostini are thought to originate in medieval times when it was typical for Italian peasants to eat their meals on slices of bread instead of using ceramics.[3]

My version of a crostini is one topped with fresh fruit, and in this case, grilled mango, raspberry and mint!  Now we have a breakfast, brunch, snack or, yes, an appetizer!  The grilling of the mango brings out the sweetness, and it adds a caramelizing effect that just adds new dimensions to the tastebuds!
grilled mango & raspberry mint crostini

grilled mango & raspberry mint crostini

Yield: Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 5 slices small bread rounds (a good Italian or sourdough)
  • 3 Tbl. softened butter
  • 1 tsp. fresh somewhat dried chopped mint
  • Sprinkling of sea salt
  • 1 sliced grilled fresh mango (Recipe Here!), can substitute frozen mango chunks and grill
  • 5 Tbl. whipped cream cheese
  • 8 big whole raspberries, frozen or fresh

Instructions

  • Butter pieces of toast on one side.  Sprinkle with mint and sea salt.  Place in cast iron skillet heated on medium high.  Grill until the buttered side is golden brown.
  • Remove and top each crostini with a tablespoon of whipped cream cheese, a slice of the grilled mango, and a raspberry on top!
  • Chow down! And, sip chilled chardonnay!
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Grilled Mango & Raspberry Mint Crostini

3 Comments

  1. Perfect summer appetizer! I love grilling fruit – it really brings out the flavor and mellows the acid 🙂

    • Lovin’ your comment…you are spot on and that’s precisely what it did! You’re my own Alton Brown…perfect!! I always smile when I see you here in the kitchen!! xo 🙂

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