This is a Jamie Oliver dish I mildly modified. It's super easy to make, and you can even use pre-made crostini if you're in a hurry. This is sure to be a crowd favorite at your next party, as the flavors are not common but go so well together.
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 baguette (pre-made crostini can be substituted)
extra virgin olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic whole
mission figs (1/2 per crostini)
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
4 oz prociutto di parma
reduced balsamic vinegar or regular balsamic vinegar
The process is simple. Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees. While the oven is heating up, slice the baguette into half inch thick slices and line them in a baking sheet. Brush them generously with olive oil.
When the oven is ready, put them in and toast to a golden brown. My oven got them there in 10 minutes. Check often, making sure not to burn your bread.
In the mean time, get all the other ingredients out and slice the figs lengthwise in half, rinse off and dry the mint, and peel the cloves of garlic.
When the crostini come out of the oven let them cool until you can handle them. Rub some garlic on each of the now crunchy bread. This in Italy is known as bruschetta.
Now that each of the crostini are rubbed down with some garlic, top each of them with a piece of prociutto. You want enough on there that you're going to taste the saltiness and meatiness of the prociutto.
Now top it with a few piece of fresh mint . . .
. . .take a half of a fig and place IT on top, making it all nice and pretty. You get extra points for good placement.
Finally, top it with some reduced balsamic vinegar. If you don't have reduced balsamic, regular balsamic will work.
Reducing balsamic vinegar is easy but takes some attention. Pour balsamic vinegar in a pan on medium high. I used a bottle and had plenty left over. Turn the heat to medium high and bring it up to a simmer and start whisking. Once the balsamic has reduced to 1/5th it's original volume or can coat the back of a spoon it's done. 4-5 minutes is all it takes.
This part is the easy part. Try one make sure it's good enough for friends, try another make sure it's good enough for family, and then try one more to make sure there is quality control.
Thanks Jamie Oliver!