No Chill Appetizer: Crostini with Havarti, Bacon, and Hot Pepper Jelly

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It started with a half baguette that had been in the bread drawer for a week. I know that sounds bad, but it was just hard, not moldy or anything like that.

I looked at this as a creative challenge. What could I do with stale bread and only the ingredients in my kitchen?

Bruschetta came to mind first. But, I didn’t have any fresh tomatoes. Then, I figured that I could make a garlic mozzarella bread. That wasn’t very creative, though.

The only other cheese I had was some Havarti with dill. Okay, that would be good melted over the crusty discs. I had a few strips of bacon. That would be nice crumbled on top. Still, the recipe needed some zing.

Spying the Trader Joe’s pepper jelly on the fridge door, I wondered if this flavor combo would work. Since the baguette was not going anywhere fast, I decided to give it a go. Guess what? It was delish.

The best part about this appetizer, other than the creamy, crusty, savory, sweet taste, is that it can be served at room temperature. A perfect make ahead for when your afternoon and evening heats up.

No Chill Appetizer: Crostini with Havarti, Bacon, and Hot Pepper Jelly



French baguette sliced into ½ inch rounds

Hot Pepper Jelly (I like Trader Joe’s)

Havarti cheese (dill optional)

Cooked bacon crumbles


Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the baguette slices on the baking sheet, and top each with some pepper jelly.

baguette slices with pepper jelly
Spread pepper jelly on the bread.

Next, add a small slice of Havarti and some bacon crumbles to finish.

Havarti cheese is put over the jelly on the baguette
Place slices of Havarti over the jelly.


Bake for 5-6 minutes, until cheese is melted. Allow to cool before removing from parchment.

baguette rounds topped with pepper jelly, Havarti cheese, and bacon crumbles.
This appetizer is happy at room temperature!


That’s it! Easier than pie!



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Author: A. JoAnn

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