I was invited to an Oscar party this past Sunday and was in charge of bringing an appetizer. Now, let me tell you, my friends and I could really have ANY excuse to get together. Anytime there is a slight chance to share a drink or a stunning recipe we will take full advantage! In reality, what are we without our friends to indulge in food and contagious laughter with?? I wanted to bring something that would present itself beautifully, like the actors we were admiring on the big screen. I knew I would need to make something that not only was “dressed to impress” but that was easy enough to assemble because, of course, I was short on time. It was clear to me that I needed to make something fancy enough that could stand up next to the wine and gorgeous main course that was in our near future. Once I arrived, I was given a glass of crisp and cool white wine and it just so happened to pair excellently with the crostinis. I recommend that when you make these you serve something along the lines of a sauvignon blanc or dry chardonnay because, let me tell you, the combination was heavenly. Now, go invite your friends and family over for dinner to share in each other, in the food, and in laughter. I promise, that IS what life is all about.
Fig Butter CrostiniMakes 15 Crostinis (Prep time: 10 min, Assembly time: 15 min)
1 Multigrain Grain Loaf, cut into 15 slices.
1 6oz package of Chevre goat cheese
1/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream
5 TBSP Fig Butter or Fig Jam
15 slices of proscuitto (Vegetarians: omit this and add plenty more chopped figs)
1 Cup Dried Black Mission Figs, stems removed, chopped in quarters
1 Cup micro Arugula
1 tsp sea salt
1.5 tsp black pepper
Wild Honey for drizzling
1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut multigrain loaf into slices and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10 min or until toasted and slightly browned. Chop the figs into quarter pieces.
2. While the bread is toasting; mix the goat cheese, milk, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread the goat cheese/milk mixture onto each slice of toast. Spread a thin layer of fig jam on top of the cheese. Add one slice of proscuitto, and then with a few pieces of the chopped dried figs. Sprinkle the micro arugula over the top and drizzle a bit of honey over each crostini. Serve immediately.*It is important to serve this appetizer immediately. Make sure to toast the bread right before serving, it is best when it is slightly warm and still has it’s crunch. If you are having guests over, and want to minimize the time it takes to prepare, set up all the accoutrements in an orderly assembly line. My assembly line looked like this: small bowl of goat cheese/milk mixture, fig butter jar, proscuitto removed from paper lining and separated into 15 slices, chopped figs in a small bowl, micro arugula, and then honey. It should only take about 5-10 minutes to assemble if you work efficiently and in an orderly fashion. Work smarter not harder!