With the holiday season in full swing (and me able to enjoy bubbly again!), I’m excited to share a new recipe with you today in partnership with my friends at ALDI: a Ham and Pear Crostini with Goat Cheese & Arugula. It’s easy to make, full of interesting flavors and textures, and perfect for your next holiday party! Plus, it pairs wonderfully with Cava. 😉
I love making crostini for parties because they’re easy to eat without utensils and are fun to customize with endless topping combinations. This recipe, which features ingredients entirely from ALDI, covers all your texture and flavor bases for a delicious bite: crunchy, creamy, crispy, sweet, salty, tangy, and peppery.
The salty, smoky flavor of spiral sliced ham always reminds me of the holidays, and when paired with the tanginess of cream cheese and goat cheese, the sweetness of pears, and the spiciness of arugula, this recipe is a hit!
Have you guys been to an ALDI before? (If not, here’s the ALDI store locator to find one near you!) It’s a grocery store that believes that you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy high quality food. I was first introduced to ALDI at Blog Brulee, the RD blogger workshop I’ve spoken at previously; they were the wine sponsor for the event one year and we were all so impressed with how delicious and affordable their wine was! I’ve since learned they also have a lot of great food, including affordable organic options.
To throw this recipe together, just bake the baguette rounds until crispy (which can be done in advance), spread with the cream cheese/goat cheese mixture, and top with ham, pear, and arugula. That’s it!
I picked up a bottle of ALDI’s Bonaval Cava Brut to serve with these crostini (I’m SO excited to be able to drink Cava again!) and the pairing is perfect. The bold, balanced flavors of the crostini are great with the light and refreshing Cava – I’d definitely recommend picking up a bottle! This wine was awarded 89 points by the Beverage Testing Institute, and received a Silver medal as a Best Buy and Highly Recommended wine. It pairs especially well with anything involving creamy cheese.
I whipped out one of my favorite holiday season tricks for this Cava: using frozen cranberries to keep the drinks cold! Rather than watering down a delicious glass of bubbly with ice, toss in some frozen cranberries instead. It looks quite festive, too, which is a nice bonus – give it a shot!
And now, on to the full recipe. Enjoy!