Talk about alliteration, this Chipotle Chili Cheese Crostini Appetizer had not only our hearts singing from the letter C but our lips buzzing from the delightfully pleasing taste of this bite sized starter. I created it after being contacted by Challenge Dairy about the possibility of creating a recipe with their butter as an ingredient. I had never had their butter before, it’s only sold out West, but after trying it I can say it’s really good. A rich creamy butter & so AFTER trying it I dug into whipping up a tasty bite.
What you need:
4 ounces of Cream Cheese
4 ounces of Goat Cheese
1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheddar
1/2 Stick of Softened Butter
1 tsp of Chipotle Chili Powder
3 Crispy pieces of Bacon
French Baguette Bread
1Tbsp of Butter (You will melt this for the bread)
First, get your bacon going on the stove. While it’s crisping you can prepare the rest of the dish.
Add all your cheese and butter to a bowl. Make sure butter is soft.
Cream cheeses & butter together. I used a spoon but if you wanted you could use a mixer.
Flip your bacon. Oh, bacon…everything is better with butter and bacon. I am positive of that.
Now take your bacon out & dice it up. Crunchy…bacon…drool…
Add your diced bacon & your Chipotle Chili Powder to the bowl of cheeses & butter. You can always start with 1/2 a teaspoon and then go from there. It does pack a punch. If you are a wild one you can always add more than even the full teaspoon I went with.
When it mixes together it has an orange look to it. It’s spicing things up a bit.
Slice your bread, about an 1 inch thick (or a little more) is what I like. You can do less or you can buy the prepacked petite bread slices for appetizers.
Now take the melted butter (you can microwave it for like 10 seconds) & brush one side of your bread.
It starts like this…Toast for about 2 minutes under the broiler.
And it looks like this, just a little crunch around the edges. Not too toasty now.
Add a teaspoon of your spread on top of the toasted bread.
Put back under the broiler for 2 minutes, it will warm up nicely. I decided to add a garnish of some freshly cut green onions, it blended very nicely with the dish. The appetizer does pack a kick with the Chipotle Chili but I really liked how it was balanced with the warmed creaminess and then the crunch of the freshly toasted bread. My kids couldn’t get enough of these & Hubby kept asking if I could make them for Christmas Eve. So they were a BIG hit here.
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