Pumpkin & Bacon Crostini // Appetizer

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Twelve weeks of Pumpkin continues with this delightfully delicious appetizer... Pumpkin & Bacon Crostini!  Pumpkin AND bacon in one dish... sign me up, YES, please! Only one word could describe these and that is... AMAZ! A few weeks ago few new friend of mine Olivia of Corporate Catwalk decided to host a Fashion Blogger get together at her house, to give us a chance to meet others fashion bloggers in NYC.  The theme was "Wine & Cheese"... simply enough, but Olivia, knowing my obsession with pumpkin, asked that I make a little appetizer to bring along, I of course jumped at the chance.  After days of trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to bring, I didn't want to go the traditional sweet route, so I decided on a hearty crostini, and I'm so glad I did.

The Pumpkin & Bacon Crostini was a BIG hit and super easy to make.  Perfect for your next get together with your friends or as an appetizer for a welcome to autumn dinner party.   Check out the details below...

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Ingredients:

  • 2 small loafs of bread (I used pumpernickel)
  • 1/3 can of 16 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 4 oz. of goat cheese
  • 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • EVOO for drizzle
  • Ground sage for garnish
  • 6 strips of cooked bacon

Directions

  • Pre-heat over to 350 degrees
  • Mix pumpkin and goat cheese together in a small bowl; add maple syrup, black pepper, and salt and mix well; set aside
  • Break bacon in to small pieces, set aside
  • Slice bread, about 1/4" thick; place bread on baking sheet and drizzle both sides with EVOO;  place bread in the over and bake for 5 min on each side, careful not to burn
  • Remove and let cool
  • Once cooled, spread pumpkin mixture on to crostini, sprinkle with ground sage
  • Make your crostini sparkle with a piece or two (or three) of bacon
  • Place on a serving tray and enjoy!

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For more crostini recipes... be sure to check out my "Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Crostini" on MadeByGirl, where I'm currently a food contributor!