Port, Prosciutto and Fig Crostini
Easy to prepare and pretty to serve, these crostini are made with creamy ricotta, prosciutto and figs simmered in port wine.
Port wine and figs are a natural flavor combination and this easy and elegant appetizer makes the most of that classic pairing, and the salty goodness of the prosciutto and creaminess of the ricotta offer a delicious contrast in both flavor and texture in each bite.
This is a nice recipe for entertaining because fig mixture can be made several days in advance. With that done, you'll only need about five minutes to assemble the crostini when it's time to serve.
- 1 cup dried figs, stemmed and chopped
- 3/4 cup tawny port
- 12 slices French baguette, 1/4-inch thick
- 6 tablespoons whole milk ricotta
- 6 slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise
- Remove the ricotta from the refrigerator to allow it to come to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 325° F.
- Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet and bake just until crisp and lightly toasted, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Place the figs and port in a small saucepan and bring to a slow simmer over medium-low heat.
- Cook until the figs have absorbed the port and are plump and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Spread 2 teaspoons of ricotta on each crostini, then accordion-fold a half slice of prosciutto on top.
- Top with a small spoonful of the figs and press down lightly. Arrange on a plate and serve immediately.
The fig mixture for this appetizer can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Toasting the baguettes can be done several hours in advance.
For best flavor and texture, bring the ricotta, figs, and prosciutto to room temperature before assembling the crostini.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 836mg Carbohydrates: 56g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 13g