These Prosciutto, Brie & Honey Crostini make the perfect party appetizer that pairs with a variety of wines.
A few weekends ago, my girlfriends and I went wine tasting in Dundee, Oregon. While I normally pack a picnic for the occasion, we were right in the middle of the move to our new house, and I just did the easy thing – I went to the store and grabbed us some sandwiches. Of course, not just any sandwiches would do… I went to the fancy grocery store – The one where I once purchased celery root for this Apple & Celery Root Slaw and it cost me $60! Given I was tripling the recipe for a work event… But still. Anyway, the fancy grocery store had these fancy sandwiches that just blew my mind – They were simple: A bit of brie, some prosciutto and basil – But that first bite, it was amazing! A perfect creamy, salty, savory combination with a hint of something extra. What was that magical ingredient? Honey. Somehow, the honey just tied everything together so perfectly, and it was amazing with all of the wines we were sampling.
That sandwich is what inspired this recipe – Why not make it in a smaller form, that’s perfect for serving as an elegant appetizer? The flavors are not overpowering, making it perfect for pairing with a variety of wines. I went ahead and served these bites at home with a Sequoia Grove Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon – Just to test out that theory completely.
Sequoia Grove is a family-owned winery in the heart of Napa Valley’s Rutherford area, which is known for producing some truly amazing wines. The creamy flavors found in their Chardonnay were balanced nicely by the rich brie cheese and sweet honey. While their Cabernet Sauvignon was accented by the bright, herbal notes of the fresh basil and the delicate prosciutto.
These Prosciutto, Brie & Honey Crostini have become my go-to party appetizer, not only because they pair with a wide variety of wines, but also because they’re easy to prepare and extremely elegant. You can even assemble them well ahead of time, always a plus in my book.
Do you have a favorite bite that you like to serve at parties?
Prosciutto, Brie & Honey Crostini
- 1/2 small baguette cut diagonally into 12 1/2-inch-thick slices, about 8 ounces
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 4 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto
- 4 ounces . Brie cheese cut into 12 slices
- 12 leaves fresh basil
- 2 tbsp . honey
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly brush both sides of each bread slice with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in oven until pale golden, 5-6 minutes per side. Transfer sheet to a wire rack; let crostini cool completely.
Divide basil leaves, brie and folded slices of prosciutto among crostini. Drizzle with honey. Season with pepper.
Wine Pairings for Prosciutto, Brie & Honey Crostini:
- Chardonnay makes a great white wine option to pair with these crostini.
- Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese are red wines that pair nicely with the brie cheese on these crostini.
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This post was sponsored on behalf of Sequoia Grove via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.