Prosciutto fig crostini toasts are flavorful little bites perfect for any occasion! These bite-size appetizers are easy to make and take only minutes to put together.
I used homemade parsley pesto as a spread for these prosciutto fig crostini. You can use the classic basil pesto instead.
Other appetizer ideas for your party:
How to make prosciutto fig crostini
Cut the baguette into thin slices. My preferred thickness is ½ inch – ¾ inch (1.5 cm – 2 cm). I don’t recommend cutting them thicker than that.
The reason is simple. You want to achieve a balance of flavors and textures. As much as I love bread, too much of a dry toast would not go down well with me.
Toast them. I use a toaster to do that. It’s quick and easy. If you want to use the oven, then go for it. Alternatively, you could also buy ready-made crostini. Bear in mind that the shop-bought version is way crispier than the homemade crostini.
Next thing to prep is the figs. Make sure to wash them thoroughly under running water first. Pat them dry with a paper kitchen towel and cut each into 8 pieces (into quarters first and then each quarter in half).
Now it’s just a matter of minutes to put prosciutto fig crostini toasts together:
A slice of toast + green pesto + little piece of prosciutto + 2 pieces of a fig + arugula = prosciutto fig crostini ready to be served!
Useful tips for making prosciutto fig crostini
- Prosciutto a.k.a Parma ham can be substituted with Spanish ham (Iberico ham/Serrano ham) – (7 things you need to know about Spanish ham is an interesting article explaining what it is and how it is served).
- If you don’t like arugula, feel free to omit it.
- Green pesto is a delicious spread but you can also use a combination of goat cheese and ricotta instead (I used this spread to make pear goat cheese crostini)
- French Baguette is the best for making crostini. However, if your local grocery store sells other long baguette-style breads (with seeds or wholemeal) you can use those as well.
- Even though you might think that this is an expensive appetizer, you only need 3 figs for 24 pieces. The same goes for prosciutto. You only need a tiny piece per crostini.
Guys, I hope you give these simple canapes a go. If you are not sure, try making only half a portion (12 in this case). You can see if your guests like them or not.
If they do, you can make them in larger batch the next time. If not, you might like some other finger food ideas on my blog! It’s all about taste and also trial and error. Just experiment and you’ll see!
- 1 French baguette (see note 1)
- 3 figs, small to medium
- 24 small arugula Leaves
- 10 tablespoons green pesto (see note 2)
- 1.5 ounces prosciutto (40 grams) (see note 3)
- Cut the bread into ½ inch (1.5 cm) slices. Put them in your toaster (try to fit as many as possible) and toast until they are brown and crispy.
- Meanwhile, wash the figs and pat them dry with a paper kitchen towel. Cut each one into 8 pieces (first into quarters starting from the stem area, then each quarter in half).
- To assemble, take one crostini and spread about a teaspoon of pesto over it. Add a small piece of prosciutto, 2 pieces of fig and top it with arugula leaf. Repeat until you are done.
- I used one large baguette that was about 24 inches (60 cm) long.
- Use either shop-bought or homemade green pesto. Basil, parsley or arugula are all delicious options.
- The amount of ham you use may vary slightly. This will depend on the amount you put on each toast. I usually use only a little bit so it is not over-powering.
- These crostinis are best enjoyed right away but will last up to 4-5 hours. Just note that the crostini toasts will go slightly softer.
- Cooking time = toasting in the toaster!
- 24 pieces serve 6-8 people. This will depend on many factors: i.e. whether other foods will be served at the party, the type of party and what time of the day they are served, ….
Serving Size:1 crostini
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g