Crostini are one of my favorite appetizers. They are super simple and scale really easily to feed just a couple or a crowd. Plus you can really make them with any flavor you want. You really just need flavors that combine well and compliment each other.
One of the most basic and classic crostini options is bruschetta. Its simple, easy to make, and probably the easiest to assemble. In really you don’t even need to assemble them ahead of time, just put out a bowl of the topping and some toasted bread… done! While I love bruschetta, there are times I really want a different, unique flavor.
When I add some meat to a crostini, my go to is almost always some kind of ham. Prosciutto is just a classic, you really can’t go too wrong with it. It has a slightly salty taste that makes it a good balance for other flavors. This especially true for some of the sweeter flavors I added to this.
The sweet flavors came from a few sources: fig, honey, and balsamic glaze. You really don’t need to use all of those, but Rob likes a sweeter note so we went with them. It wasn’t overwhelming thankfully. We have a bottled balsamic glaze, but you can make your own just by simmering regular balsamic vinegar for a bit until it thickens.
We rounded out the crostini with a goat cheese. Goat cheese is awesome for crostini because it has a nice tang and its spreadable! This allows it to serve as a good base for the other ingredients. If I don’t use a soft cheese, then I generally go with a harder cheese like manchego or some Italian cheeses.