Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam

by | Aug 28, 2014 | All, Appetizers

Fall flavors abound in this appetizer recipe for Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon and Apple Jam!
Cutting board with slices of Crostini with Tomato, Bacon and Apple Jam. Crostini are garnished with feta cheese and chopped chives. Jar of jam in the background.

This Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam is one of those recipes that I tore out of a magazine several years ago and always vowed to make one day. (I’d wager that you probably have a similar stack of “must try someday” recipes lying around your house, too.) I try to pare down the pile a few times a year before it gets completely out of hand, but this recipe has made the cut every single time I “declutter” my kitchen. I just need to take that as a sign, right? MAKE THE CROSTINI!

So that’s what I did. And now I’m kicking myself for not making it sooner.

These are fabulous fall flavors, folks. The tart apples, smoky bacon, savory onion and juicy tomatoes all mellow out together with some sugar and vinegar to make a tangy topping for toasted crostini. Add a bit of salty feta and a sprinkle of fresh cut chives, and you have an appetizer that is not only pretty to look at but pretty hard to stop eating, too! 

There is a running joke in our family about how I rarely make the same thing twice. Mostly because I have a stack of yet untested recipes always at the ready. These Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam? They may have been a long time coming, but they are definitely here to stay. 

Tip: Keep this recipe for Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam in mind the next time you’re entertaining as the jam can easily be made in advance and refrigerated until you’re ready to assemble the crostini. I would totally dig the jam on some grilled meat or seafood, too.

White plate with a piece of Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon and Apple Jam. Cutting board of additional crostini and jar of jam in the background.

Yield: 30

Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam

Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam
Fall flavors abound in this appetizer recipe for Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon and Apple Jam!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes


  • 1/2 pound applewood smoked bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled into pieces
  • 1 (28-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tart cooking apple (such as Granny Smith), cored, peeled and diced
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 French baguette, cut into thin slices and toasted (around 30 pieces)
  • 4-6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • Chopped fresh chives


  1. Place the bacon, tomatoes, sugar, apple, onion, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large pot or saucepan. Bring to a boil using medium heat and cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring often. The jam will be done when the apples are soft and the majority of the liquid has been reduced. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Place toasted bread slices on a serving tray. Evenly divide jam, feta cheese and chives among crostini. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 754mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 6g

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      It is, Christina; I’ve been munching on it all week!

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    I love the sound of these ingredients together. I’m all about the sweet and savory!

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      Me, too, Renee! The sweet/savory combo is one of my favorites.

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      Thanks, Nicole!

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    Yes. I’ll take all of this, please and thank you.

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      It’s soooo good, Karly! I think you’ll love it!

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      The jam is a little bit sweet and a little bit savory…gets me every time, Thalia!

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    Oh I just love savory jams! These ingredients all sound so good together! Can’t wait to try it!

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      Me, too, Liz. Bring on the sweet and savory!

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    How long does the jam keep?

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      Hi Shannon, I’d say that the jam would be at its best for about 7 days. It won’t immediately sour after that, but it will slowly start to lose its luster. Hope that helps!

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    Can you think of a good substitute for the bacon to make this vegetarian? I’d like to make it for my book club but we have several vegetarians in the group (including me)!

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      Hi Kathy, the bacon is a pretty major ingredient in this jam, and I’m not familiar with any vegetarian or vegan subs for it. Why not give our Sweet & Savory Tomato Jam a try? Slather it on baguette slices with a little bit of goat cheese. Your guests will love it!


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