This post is sponsored by Arla
Lately Daniel and I have been talking about buying a house. Next spring when the lease on our apartment ends, we’re planning to pack up and head back home to Massachusetts. Just thinking about being closer to our family and friends makes me happy. When I look around our little apartment now, I wonder what it would be like to have storage, or counters that didn’t stain upon contact with just about anything that isn’t water, or enough space for one of those beautiful farmhouse tables I love, or a wide enough bedroom for a nightstand on my side of the bed, or oh my gosh—a dishwasher.
And eeeven though I’m pretty elated about that dishwasher (remember when I wrote a cookbook in a thimble, also known as an NYC apartment kitchen?), it’s not my favorite home daydream. The thing I think about most often is, How soon can I start hosting holidays? Parties, brunches, book clubs…anything. Everything. Our house will be a warm, open, loud…function facility. Probably run by my mother. And I can’t wait. I just haven’t told Daniel that yet.
3 Summer Crostini Recipes
These crispy-crunchy-creamy little toasts are some of most delicious appetizers I can imagine serving friends and family. I love that crostini are so versatile. I’ve never had a combo I didn’t like and it’s not all that hard to make them taste great with only a few ingredients.
Making summery crostini was a no-brainer, since we have so many fresh veggies available to us in June, like fresh corn, sweet tomatoes, radishes, and asparagus. But I can see swapping in fall vegetables come October or November and loving them just as much. To add some richness and bring all of the fresh flavors together, I used one of my fridge staples: Arla light cream cheese. This cool, creamy spread is so smooth and versatile, and hands-down the most fresh-tasting cream cheese on the market. The ingredients are pure and uncomplicated. It’s not overtly tangy or even the slightest bit gelatinous, like other brands’ light versions I’ve had. It’s mild, smooth, and perfectly silky.
Here’s how I used it on my 3 summer crostini recipes:
Balsamic Tomato Crostini with Bacon and Dill
Salty bacon was made for something sweet, like a ripe tomato and tart, sweet balsamic. Add to that some fragrant dill and smooth cream cheese and you’re on another level.
Grilled Corn and Asparagus Crostini with Lemon Zest
Sweet charred corn, asparagus, and bright citrus zest are true summertime flavors, so pairing them with velvety cream cheese and an egg makes the perfect seasonal appetizer.
Sesame Salmon Avocado Crostini
It’s a cross between a bagel and lox and a salmon avocado roll and that’s why it’s so lovely. The sesame seeds and radish add the right crunch!