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Author Notes: A sweet and salty little bite that can be a little spicy if you choose.... —inpatskitchen
Serves many as an appetizer
For the strawberry jam
- 3 cups diced strawberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon aleppo pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and stir. Let the strawberries macerate in the sugar mixture for about 30 minutes.
- Simmer the mixture over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, mashing a bit as you go. The mixture should be thick and "jammy". Transfer to a small bowl, cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least a few hours. (This can be made a day or two before serving)
For the crostini
- One or two baguettes, depending on how many bites you'd like
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese*
- About 3 ounces thinly sliced proscuitto*
- The strawberry jam
- Aleppo pepper (optional)
- Slice the baguette(s) on the diagonal about 1/2 inch thick. Brush one cut side with a little olive oil and bake in a pre heated 350F oven for about 8 minutes until toasted a bit. Cool the slices.
- To assemble, spread a little mascarpone on the crostini and add a small spoon of the strawberry jam over . Drape a small piece of proscuitto over the top and sprinkle with a little aleppo pepper if using. Now pour yourself a little "Bubbly"!
- *NOTE: Amounts are approximate and will depend on how many little bites you plan to make. Leftover ingredients can certainly be used to spread on toast or crackers.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Appetizer to Share with Friends
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Berry Recipe