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Toma di Boves Crostini Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 baguette, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 pound Toma di Boves cheese, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- Baking sheet
- Pastry brush

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Brush each baguette slice with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet.
3. Bake the baguette slices for 8-10 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
4. Remove the baguette slices from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
5. Top each baguette slice with a slice of Toma di Boves cheese.
6. Drizzle honey over the cheese and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.
7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
8. Place the crostini back in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
9. Remove the crostini from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Serving size:
Makes 12 crostini

Nutritional information:
Calories: 210
Fat: 12g
Carbohydrates: 20g
Protein: 6g
Sodium: 180mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Baguette can be substituted with any crusty bread.
- Toma di Boves cheese can be substituted with any mild, creamy cheese.
- Honey can be substituted with maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Walnuts can be substituted with pecans or almonds.

- Add sliced pears or apples on top of the cheese for a sweet and savory twist.
- Top with sliced prosciutto or cooked bacon for a meaty addition.
- Use different types of cheese, such as brie or camembert, for a different flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to slice the baguette evenly to ensure even toasting.
- Don't overdo it with the toppings, as the crostini can become too heavy.
- Serve the crostini warm for the best flavor.

Storage instructions:
Store any leftover crostini in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the crostini, place them in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Arrange the crostini on a platter and garnish with fresh herbs, such as thyme or rosemary.

Fresh herbs, such as thyme or rosemary.

Serve the crostini with a glass of red wine or a light beer.

Suggested side dishes:
- Mixed green salad
- Roasted vegetables
- Grilled chicken or fish

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the crostini are not crispy enough, bake them for a few more minutes.
- If the cheese is not melting, place the crostini under the broiler for a few minutes.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to store any leftover crostini in the refrigerator and consume within 2 days.

Food history:
Toma di Boves is a traditional cheese from the Piedmont region of Italy. It is a semi-soft cheese made from cow's milk and has a mild, nutty flavor.

Flavor profiles:
The crostini have a crispy, toasted bread base with creamy, melted cheese, sweet honey, and crunchy walnuts. The flavor is savory and slightly sweet.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the crostini as an appetizer or snack.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Savory, Tangy, Herby, Spicy, Cheesy