There are just some things that don’t belong together. Like socks & sandals. Me & bangs. And me & skinny jeans.
And then there are those things that were clearly just made for each other. Peanut butter & chocolate. Chili & Fritos. Me & spanx. And figs & proscuitto.
I get really excited when figs pop up in the produce department. Unless it was in Newton form, figs just didn’t show up at the small grocery store in my hometown where the occasional whole pineapple was as exotic as the selection got. After moving to the big city, that all changed.
Exotic factor aside, I absolutely adore figs for being so versatile. They’re not overly sweet so they’re as perfect for savory dishes as they are dessert. We’re mostly partial to figs in savory dishes.
These crostini are a personal and a crowd favorite. And no matter how many I make, it’s almost never enough. The juicy, slightly sweet fruit pair wonderfully with salty prosciutto and tangy goat cheese. Throw in a crispy slice of toasted baguette and a drizzle of honey… you’ve got dinner. Or I do.
I might have eaten nothing more than a plate of fig crostini with an ice cold, crisp Sauvignon Blanc the other night for dinner. I might have declared it the most perfect dinner ever. I might also agree that sometimes I’m a little dramatic… but this wouldn’t be one of those times
Crostini with Fig, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese
Fresh figs pair wonderfully with salty prosciutto and tangy goat cheese - these crostini are sure to be the hit of the party.
- 12 1/2-inch slices of baguette
- Olive oil
- 6 Tbsp goat cheese, at room temp
- 4 slices of prosciutto*
- 4 figs, thinly sliced
- Honey, for serving
- Pinch of salt
*Spring for the imported stuff from the deli counter if your store carries it. It will be well worth it - and you'll get 3 crostini out of each slice of prosciutto so it won't break the bank!
- Heat broiler.
- Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Tear prosciutto slices into thirds.
- Spread 1/2 Tbsp of softened goat cheese on each crostini.
- Arrange prosciutto and sliced figs on top.
- Just before serving, lightly drizzle with honey and sprinkle salt over top.
- Serve at room temperature.
Yields: 12 servings
Estimated time: 15 minutes