Crostini with California Fig Spread, Crispy Prosciutto & Brown Butter Pistachios
Fig and prosciutto starters are party starters. Load up a tray with Fig Prosciutto Crostini any time of the year for an easy hors d'oeuvre.
Servings 36 pieces
- 3 ounces prosciutto about 5 slices
- 1 baguette 10 ounce, 2" diameter, cut into 1/2" rounds
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup Orchard Choice Balsamic Pepper California Fig Spread
- 1/3 cup baby arugula packed
- 1/3 cup unsalted pistachios (in pieces or rough-chopped)
- coarse salt
- dribble of thick balsamic or sprinkle of black pepper, optional
- Crisp the prosciutto: Place one oven rack in the center position and a second rack 5” to 6” from the broiler element. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Lay the prosciutto slices on the parchment without overlapping. Bake for 15 minutes, turning once with tongs halfway through. Transfer to a paper towel. (Toss the parchment and set the baking sheet aside.) When cool, break the prosciutto into 36 pieces.
- Meanwhile, brown the butter: Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until foamy. Reduce the heat as low as possible. Cook slowly, swirling the saucepan often and stirring occasionally with a heatproof spatula, until the butter solids turn nut-brown and give off a deep scent, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.
- Prep the bread: Set the bread rounds on the unlined baking sheet. Brush the tops with a thin sheen of brown butter. Broil on the upper oven rack, watching carefully, until the edges are golden and the butter bubbles, 90 seconds to 2 minutes.
- Compose the crostini: Spread 1 teaspoon fig spread on each crostini. Top with a piece of crispy prosciutto and an arugula leaf. Return 2 teaspoons of brown butter to the saucepan and warm the pistachios through with a big pinch of salt. Divide nuts among the crostini. Garnish, if desired, with a thin drizzle of thick balsamic and/or some cracked black pepper.
Passed as an hors d’oeuvre alongside hunks of Pecorino or Manchego, these party-ready toasts deliver multiple textures and flavors in one pretty package. Opt for Orchard Choice Balsamic Pepper California Fig Spread or plump California Dried Figs (halved and presented seeds-up) make a fine substitute. Recipe created for Valley Fig Growers by Cheryl Sternman Rule.