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Friday, February 26, 2010

Proscuitto, Manchego & Strawberry Crostini


About 1/2 a baguette
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus some to drizzle
1 cup sliced strawberries
8 slices fresh proscuitto, torn in half lengthwise
16 slices of Manchego (or other preffered cheese)
Fresh basil, leaves torn off stems
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Fresh ground black pepper
Crushed red pepper (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice your baguette into thin slices and brush with olive oil. Spread slices on a baking sheet and bake until toasty, about 10 minutes. You can serve your crostini hot or cold.

Meanwhile, take your proscuitto and wrap it around the manchego, slice your strawberries, tear off some basil leaves and try not to eat all the ingredients before you get a chance to assemble them.


I do an assembly line because I realize that if I do them one at a time they get eaten as I make them and I never get to take a picture of a whole plate.

First go the crostini, top with proscuitto wrapped manchego, then a piece of basil, drizzle with balsamic and olive oil, grind some pepper over the top, add crushed red pepper flakes if you like things spicy and finally top with a slice of strawberry.


Don't skip the strawberry, it adds the perfect balance to the saltiness of the proscuitto and manchego. We tried it with and without and ended up eating all of them with the strawberries. It adds a freshness that is just fantastic.

I can't even tell you how many normal people this would serve. In our house this may or may not have served just two. But I couldn't say for sure.


  1. What a simple and tempting canapé. I'll try these out on this Sunday's callers. Thanks!

  2. Hmm, I wonder if the kids will like these... Doesn't matter, though, because I know I can absolutely finish off what they might not eat or cannot finish!! :)

  3. Oh man, even though we have a Winter Storm Warning through tomorrow I may have to go to the store to get the ingredients for this.

  4. Oh yum, oh yum, oh yum. TOOOO bad I can't have prosciutto at this particular time in my life. *wink wink*

  5. Those look amazing! All my favorite ingredients. Gonna have to try this one:)

  6. oooo I love sweet and salty and everything about this! I cannot wait to make myself fancy food for no reason. Is this one on tasty kitchen?

  7. Wow, those look divine. Gold!

  8. Yummo... yeah that would probably serve two in my house as well. Two or less... we'd finish and then whine that they were gone!

    Really it's amazing I can wear elastic-free pants at all. :)

  9. I just bought proscuitto! I might have to try this out.. but then I have to go back to the store and get strawberries. And if I do that, I might end up selling my children to a gypsy because yesterday's trip to the grocery store was quite enough for one week. There are days when I wonder why I never take them out in public. Then there are days when I remember. Yesterday, I remembered! LOL +

  10. This looks soo good and your photos are yummie!

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  12. Dawn,

    Looks amazing and has my mouth watering. I think I would inhale them all so the serving size would be just 1!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  13. This looks sooo good! I love sweet and salty pairings as if it were the key to living my life to the fullest. I don't even know what I just said. But I do loooooove sweet and salty. It's like kettle corn. The strawberries seem like they just make this recipe perfect.


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