Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Apple and Chorizo Crostini with Shallots and Basil #‎IsabelsBirthdayBash‬

For Isabel,

My friend Isabel Laessig, founder and CEO of #SundaySupper Movement and Food and Wine Conference in addition to her own blog, Family Foodie, celebrates her birthday today so a few of us at #SundaySupper got together to mark the occasion by channeling the mission of the Sunday Supper Movement: to bring us back around the family table. Isabel certainly has been an inspiration to me, not only for her commitment to the entities she's founded but for her own dishes such as Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp Garlic Caper Sauce and Chicken Fajita Bowls.

Apple and Chorizo Crostini with Shallots and Basil #‎IsabelsBirthdayBash

Inspiration Behind the Dish

If you know Isabel at all, you know that she has a soft spot in her heart for chorizo, so I used that as a starting point for my dish. The Flavor Bible noted that apples pair well with the ingredient so I added some as well. I wanted a dish that would be quick to prepare so the host would not need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I also wanted something that would allow party guests to carry it around with a cocktail napkin; a finger-food style hors d'oeuvre or appetizer.

Dish Details

This dish is a Crazy Foodie Stunts original


1 baguette, cut into slices about 1/2-inch wide
1 tablespoon plus more for brushing olive oil, divided
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 shallot, coarsely chopped
1 9-ounce package pork chorizo
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup apple juice
Basil leaves, cut into chiffonade (for garnish)


1. Toast the baguette. Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and brush each side of the baguette slices with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 4 to 5 minutes to toast. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

2. Prepare the chorizo and apples. Heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots to sweat, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chorizo to brown and break up the chorizo with a spoon, approximately 5 minutes, then season with salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan with apple juice, and simmer until the pan is mostly dry. To plate, spoon the chorizo onto each baguette slice, then garnish with basil.

Final Thoughts

If I got the opportunity to do this again, I'd shorten the title to just Apple and Chorizo Crostini or Apple and Chorizo Crostini with Caramelized Shallots because I used the basil as a garnish.

The picture of the plated dish above was taken outside one of the buildings in my apartment complex. When I was almost finished setting up, a couple of neighbors happened to walk by and sampled the dish. They were very complementary and inquired about my website. The dish was also liked by Mrs. Stuntman.

Join me in celebrating Isabel's Birthday with all the delicious food and drinks her #SundaySupper family prepared!

Birthday Drinks:
Birthday Appetizers:
Birthday Main Courses:
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  1. DB these look and sound AMAZING! I know Isabel is going to love them but I'm fighting her for a few!

  2. What a delicious combination, DB! I can't wait to try your spicy chorizo apple crostini!

  3. What a good idea this is! I can't wait to try it!

  4. DB, I really need to get my hands on the Flavour Bible! Your crostini look and sound amazing - I love that combo of the chorizo with apple. And this is perfect for Isabel. Just hand her a platter with a bottle of wine and she'd be in heaven!

  5. They certainly look delicious and what a great way to get to meet your neighbors!

  6. Oooh, the apple-chorizo combo sounds fantastic! What terrific before dinner nibbles!

  7. Very thoughtful and yummy looking dish, DB =) Thank you for the recipe. I've got basil growing in my living room!

  8. You totally NAILED it with this flavor combination! Perfect party appetizer!

  9. What a perfect party appetizer. I'm loving the apple and chroizo combo!

  10. Great idea DB! I could eat a plateful of these!

  11. I love the sweet tartness of the apple mixed with the spicy bite of the chorizo. What a delicious appetizer!

  12. Mmmm chorizo and apples? Sounds deelish!! It was awesome to spend time with you and the Mrs and your adorable little one. We will have to get everyone together SOON!

  13. What a wonderful appetizer and one I know Isabel would thoroughly enjoy.

  14. YUM! I love the sound of the chorizo sausage and apples! And of course, who doesn't love the Swedish Chef?!

  15. DB- this dish is so fantastic and one that I would be honored to enjoy during my birthday celebration. You are an amazing friend and inspiration to me. I love your family and hope to see everyone this year! Thank you for making my birthday SO special!

  16. DB, these crostini sound amazing! I love going to the Flavor Bible to come up with fun combinations too! Thanks for participating!


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