fall season’s bounty from my garden

As you might have read in one of my previous blog posts, we have a green Granny Smith apple tree in our yard. Every other year, we enjoy an excellent yield of slightly sweet, juicy, beautiful green apples from our apple tree that we harvest throughout fall, starting from late-summer through the early winter months.

I love creating recipes that showcase the fall season’s bounty from my garden through my signature concoctions. Fall is certainly the time for indulging in cozy flavors, and nothing captures the essence of autumn quite like my delightful signature concoction – a sweet and spicy relish made with the green apples that are at their peak during this season.

The green apples are very similar to the green mangoes, just not as tart as them but not too sweet either. So I love to use them up to put a modern spin on the classic Gujarati recipe –  Chhunda/Chhundo, a spicy hot and sweet condiment that is traditionally made with green mangoes. Since the texture and the flavor of the green apples is very similar to the green mango, swapping them in the traditional relish recipe works extremely well!

Green Apple Chhunda

I like doubling or tripling my recipe, making a large batch that I can store in the refrigerator for the entire duration of the season. It certainly comes in handy for breakfast or snack to go with methi theplas (Indian fenugreek flatbreads) or for making panini sandwiches for lunch. I also love to pull it out and serve with cheese and bread or crackers for casual wine nights or holiday gatherings.

the perfect bite

Aside from simply serving the chhunda on a cheese and charcuterie board, I love creating easy appetizers with it, like these Chhunda & Goat Cheese Crostini. A sweet and spicy relish over toasted baguette slices smeared with creamy, tangy goat cheese – sounds divine, doesn’t it?

Green Apple Chhunda & Goat Cheese Crostini

This super simple yet absolutely delicious appetizer is versatile and perfect for various occasions. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, celebrating a milestone, or enjoying a quiet evening at home with family and friends, Green Apple Chhunda and Goat Cheese Crostini, arranged on a stylish wooden board or a ceramic platter, add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any moment. The contrasting combination of colors, flavors, and textures enhances the overall experience.

Green Apple Chhunda & Goat Cheese Crostini

wine pairings

No appetizer is complete without the perfect drink to pair with it. I personally enjoy a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a buttery Chardonnay, but a dry Rosé or, for red wine enthusiasts, a fruity Cabernet Franc, all make excellent choices to accompany the sweet, spicy, salty, creamy, and tangy crostini bites. These pairings complement the flavors and enhancing the overall experience for your palate.

Green Apple Chhunda & Goat Cheese Crostini
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Green Apple Chhunda & Goat Cheese Crostini


  • Author: Vasanti
  • Yield: 18 crostinis 1x

Description

A simple and absolutely delicious appetizer – toasted baguette slices smeared with soft goat cheese and topped with my Indian-style Green Apple Chhunda relish.


Ingredients

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  • 1 baguette, sliced diagonally into 1/2inch slices (approx. 18 slices)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, as needed
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 4 oz. (113 g) log of goat cheese (classic chevre), softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of prepared Green Apple Chhunda/Chhundo

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F, with rack on upper middle position.
  • Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Place baguette slices in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Drizzle olive oil evenly over the baguette slices.
  • Sprinkle salt and black pepper.
  • Toast in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, flipping them half way through. 
  • Take them out of the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes or so.
  • Smear the goat cheese on the toasted baguette slices.
  • Spoon a generous dollop of Green Apple Chhunda/Chhundo on top of each crostini.
  • Serve immediately. (See FAQs & Notes/Variations for more serving ideas). 

Apple Brie Chhunda Bites Variation

Recipe FAQ’s and Notes

Missing a garnish?

Feel free to garnish with fresh thyme leaves for a burst of aroma and flavor.

Love nuts?

Top the costinis with roughly chopped toasted pecans or pistachios for an added crunch and nuttiness.

More Recipe Variations

Don’t like goat cheese?! Substitute with slices of creamy brie or buttery gouda cheese.

You can also top the crostini with slices of prosciutto that goes very well with any one of the cheeses and the sweet and spicy chhunda

Happy cooking
Vasanti

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