Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

These Tipsy Cheese & Cherry Crostinis are a perfect summer appetizer!  Made with fresh seasonal cherries and a flavourful Swiss like cheese.

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It’s Cheese of the Month time!  I hope you look forward to this cheesy goodness each month, as much as I do!  I’m really enjoying discovering new Canadian cheeses.  Canada has an amazing range of award-winning cheeses from different regions all across the country, so it’s exciting to be able find new ones and share them with you each month.  Canadian cheese really is the best cheese.

So far through this partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature ‘Heidi’ in a Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam, ‘Dragon’s Breath Blue’ in a Dessert Cheese Plate and ‘Comfort Cream’ in a Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote.  And this month I’m sharing Gunn’s Hill Tipsy Cheese in these Tispy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis!  Dee. Licious.

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

Tipsy comes from Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese out of Woodstock, Ontario. All of their cheeses are made with milk right from the family dairy farm.  When I first tasted Tipsy Cheese I knew right away this was my favourite thus far.  It’s a mild and creamy cheese with a subtle Merlot flavour.  The Merlot flavour comes from the rind, as Tipsy has been soaked in Palatine Hills Cabernet Merlot for several days, so the rind is so good. So so good.

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

Because I loved the flavours of the wine and cheese so much, I wanted to preserve them in a recipe.  I wanted to make something that would bring out the true flavours of the cheese, so I decided to make these Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis. And they’re perfect for summer!

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

I kept things simple and made a cherry balsamic reduction to drizzle all over fresh bread and slices of the Tipsy cheese. And it works.  Oh does it ever.  You get rich and sweet cherry flavours, but you can still taste the creamy cheese with wine undertones.

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

Tipsy is definitely on my list of favourite cheeses.  I will be packing Tipsy on our next picnic, with crackers and bread…it’s a perfect picnic cheese.

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Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh cherries, cut in half and pits removed
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 block of Gunn's Hill Tipsy Cheese
  • 1 baguette
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix together the water and cornstarch.
  2. In a saucepan over low to medium heat, add the halved cherries, water/cornstarch mix, sugar and balsamic vinegar. Cook until the cherries are soft and the juices turn syrupy.

  3. Once the cherries are cooked, set them aside to cool.
  4. Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices. If you wish, you can toast the slices or leave them fresh, it's entirely up to you!

  5. Lay the baguette slices out on a serving platter, add slices of the Tipsy Cheese, then add dollops of the cherry mixture to each crostini.
  6. Drizzle with extra cherry syrup, add salt & fresh ground pepper to taste, and garnish with fresh parsley.
  7. Enjoy!

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

About Gunn’s Hill Tipsy Cheese:

  • Type:  Handcrafted washed rind cow’s milk cheese, modelled after a Swiss cheese.  Soaked in Palatine Hills Cabernet Merlot.
  • Tasting Notes: Mild creamy cheese with lactic and buttery flavours. With an edible rind rich in Merlot flavour.
  • Pairs Well With:  Lighter white wines like Riesling, as well as Lager beers.
  • Location:  Woodstock, Ontario

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Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.  I will be working with Dairy Farmers of Canada over the next year to bring you some delicious recipe ideas that I have created!  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.  I love cheese. 😉

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12 Comments

  • Reply Amanda July 20, 2017 at 10:03 AM I have been eating so many cherries lately! This is a delicious way to make them a bit more fancy and ready to serve to guests! I love how the colour of the compote you made matches perfectly with the rind of the Tipsy cheese! How picture perfect!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 22, 2017 at 8:30 PM Thank you Amanda! I loved the rind so much I wanted to try to keep it in tact for this recipe, and I'm super happy with how it turned out! I think this one was my fave of the program so far!
  • Reply Kacey @ The Cookie Writer July 20, 2017 at 12:01 PM Jo-Anna, this is stunning! I love how you made sure to get the rind in the photos. I would totally eat this as a main dish for myself :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 22, 2017 at 8:30 PM Thank you so much Kacey! The rind was my favourite so I tried to keep it in tact for these crostinis! So yummy!
  • Reply Sam July 21, 2017 at 3:54 AM This looks so good! I only ever eat cherries as they come, this is great way to use them!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 22, 2017 at 8:31 PM Thank you Sam! I bought a huge box of cherries this year which was perfect because we got our share of snacking in, plus I was able to try new recipes with them! Yummmmm!
  • Reply Isabelle @ Crumb July 22, 2017 at 7:12 PM I just can't get enough of this year's crop of cherries... they're so sweet and juicy right now, and oh so perfect for pairing with the soft creaminess of the cheese. I still have a little chunk of Tipsy sitting in my fridge right now, so I think there might be some of these crostini in my very near future. :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 22, 2017 at 8:33 PM Oh the cherries this year are amazing!! We've eaten SO many...and I'm having fun experimenting with cherry recipes too! I wish had more Tipsy cheese though...oh man, that is a good cheese!
  • Reply Chef Sous Chef July 24, 2017 at 11:28 AM These look incredible. The cherries add such an elegance and richness to the crostini. Such an awesome cheese.
  • Reply Eshika Roy July 25, 2017 at 12:33 AM I literally started having hunger pangs halfway through the post. It looks amazing and I bet it also tastes delicious too. It is the perfect dish to cook up in this season. I can’t wait to try it . Looking forward to reading more delectable recipes in the upcoming posts.
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