Crostinis are the perfect party food - easy to make, loved by all, and delicious every time! The key to these elegant crostini is to use fresh, great quality ingredients, and plenty of olive oil!
Makes 2 dozen
1 French baguette, sliced in 24 slices
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
16 oz burrata cheese
2 ripe pears, sliced thin
6 oz speck (or prosciutto)
12 large basil leaves, chiffonade
1/4 cup balsamic reduction
kosher salt and fresh pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place baguette slices in a single layer on baking tray and brush both sides with a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil. Bake until baguette is crisp and toasted, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through baking. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile rinse and pat dry pears. Remove seeds and cut them into thin slices. Carefully slice 1-inch strip of speck and wrap around pear slice. Repeat with remaining slices, and set aside.
Allow toasted baguette to cool. Arrange on a serving platter and assemble the crostini. Pull apart the burrata and place on each baguette. Sprinkle with salt (Maldon or flakey salt is great here too, if you have it). Top with pear and speck, and a generous amount of fresh basil. Drizzle with balsamic reduction just before serving.