The doorbell rings. Friends pop by and want to sit and chat. Your veins pop out because you aren’t prepared for this unexpected company. Breathe and glide your fabulous self into the kitchen. You’ve got this covered. I’m sure you have something you can whip up for an appetizer. I always keep a few things in the fridge and pantry to help out in just such an occasion, easy things like a log of goat cheese, some fig-orange jam and pack of prosciutto. Easy. Elegant. Done. You’re entertaining.
In fact, my Cuisinart Convection Steam Oven comes in very handy in these situations. It is big enough to get the job done, yet faster and smaller than my built-in oven. When it is near 100 degrees outside, I don’t want to wait for the oven to heat up, heating up my kitchen at the same time. Here’s an easy surprise-someone-is-at-the-front-door-recipe. Serve with a nice glass of wine.
- 1 Baguette
- Non-stick Cooking Spray
- Goat Cheese
- Fig-Orange Jam
- Prosciutto Slices
- Basil leaves, if desired
- Balsamic reduction, if desired
- Slice baguette on the diagonal (because the presentation looks prettier). Place on the rack and spray with non-stick cooking spray. (Tip: Place a paper towel under the rack to catch the over spray, then remove it before you place the tray in the oven.) Place the rack in the top position to get a quicker brown on the bread.
- Turn oven to broil (It'll set the temp automatically.) and set for 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it because it could be done sooner. Watch until it turns a light golden brown. You don’t want it too crispy. (Note: I use the broil setting because I want the bread to still be soft on the bottom but toasted on the top to better hold whatever toppings I'm using. It makes for a more pleasant bite.)
- Remove bread from oven and let cool slightly.
- Smear crostini with a layer of goat cheese and then some of the jam. Loosely roll a slice of prosciutto and place on top.
- Garnish with a small basil leaf and drizzle of balsamic reduction, if desired.
- Make as many as you need. Place on a pretty platter and use cute little cocktail napkins (always on hand)
- Note: One baguette will make about 20+ slices.