Our Roasted Cherry and Thyme Crostini is a savory recipe with a vibrant flavor profile of sweet cherries, tart and tangy farmer cheese, and an earthy sprig of thyme. It’s almost too pretty to eat. Cherries have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and vitamin C; thyme has vitamins C and A; and farmer cheese has 13 grams of protein per serving with 12 live and active probiotic cultures. All of these ingredients may help support a balanced gut microbiome and strong immune system. Take a pause from your daily social media scroll because it’s thyme for a delicious, gut-healthy snack.
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- 12 slices toasted baguette
- 1 cup Farmer Cheese
- handful of almond slices
- 12 cherries, pitted and halved
- 12 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the slices of baguette on a sheet pan and toast the slices of baguette for 7 minutes on the lower rack. At the same time, on a sheet pan lined with parchment, place the cherries, sliced almonds, and thyme and drizzle with the 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle the cherries with salt. Roast for 5-7 on the high rack in the oven minutes until tender and bubbly.
- Spread a spoonful of farmer cheese onto the top of each crostini. Top with 2 cherry halves, slices of almonds, and a crispy sprig of thyme. Drizzle the crostini with honey. Top each toast with a tiny sprinkle of kosher salt and serve immediately.