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Simple holiday appetizers for your next party

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Ham, Goat Cheese & Cherry Crostinis Ham, Goat Cheese & Cherry Crostinis

MADISON (WKOW) -- Are you still looking for a fun and simple holiday appetizer to share with your friends? 

On Thursday, Chef Julie Andrews, Learning Kitchen Coordinator at UW Health at The American Center stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to share this easy recipe.

Ham, Goat Cheese & Cherry Crostinis

1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries

1/2 cup cherry wine or sweet red wine

1 baguette, sliced 1/2 - 1 inch thick

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Dash coarse salt

4 oz. creamy goat cheese

2 oz. smoked ham, thinly sliced

1/4 cup unsalted nuts, crushed

1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves

2 Tbsp. honey

Directions:

     1.  Place dried cherries and wine in a jar fitted with a lid.  Allow cherries to soak for 2 or more hours, until plump, drain.

     2.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with coarse salt.  Bake in the oven for 7-8   minutes, until crisp.  Allow to cool.

     3.  Spread a thick layer of goat cheese on each crostini.  Top each with a slice of thin ham, a tablespoon of wine-soaked cherries, a teaspoon of nuts and a few thyme leaves.  Drizzle each crostini with a teaspoon of honey and a dash of coarse salt. Serve.

Serves 8

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