prosciutto, mascarpone & honeyed arugula bruschetta.

i’m in the midst of cooking, baking and cleaning the house like a proper housewife-in-training,  but i had to take a quick break to share this simple, summery dish with you!

if you’ve got five minutes to spare, you should totally make this bruschetta. i mean it.

it’s honestly too damn hot outside to turn on the oven, so i’ve been working on recipes that require as little cooking as possible. this bruschetta won my heart the other night, and i felt compelled to share it with you. you know, because i like you.

it’s a perfect appetizer when paired with a glass of sparkling white wine. you could also serve this bruschtta with a simply dressed salad for a light, yet completely satisfying dinner.

crusty toasted bread. thick, creamy mascarpone cheese. paper-thin slices of prosciutto. peppery arugula. sweet, floral local honey. that’s it. easy peasy.

you could make your own mascarpone for this, if you’re into that sort of thing. since it’s unbearably hot outside, i’m into store-bought mascarpone, because even turning on my stovetop makes our house crazy hot. no bueno.

you could totally add some fresh sliced figs to this. that’d be delicious. or swap out the mascarpone for some tangy goat cheese. add a sprinkling of freshly cracked pepper. get crazy.

people go crazy for this bruschetta. make it for your friends. they’ll think you’re some kind of kitchen genius wizard. which of course, is true.

prosciutto, mascarpone & honeyed arugula bruschetta: making your life awesome since 2011. make it tonight!

prosciutto, mascarpone & honeyed arugula bruschetta

Yield: 8 pieces of bruschetta

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes

Ingredients:

1 small french baguette, cut into one-inch slices
8 tablespoons mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup arugula, washed and dried well
8 slices prosciutto, thinly sliced
2-3 tablespoons honey (buy local honey at your farmer's market, it always tastes worlds better than the supermarket stuff!)

Directions:

toast the bread on both sides. you can do this on a grill, in an oven set to the broil position (keep an eye on the bread, it'll burn in a heartbeat!), or in a very hot skillet with a bit of olive oil or butter.

once the bread is toasted, spread each piece liberally with mascarpone cheese. if you can't find mascarpone, you can always substitute cream cheese, but try to find a "whipped" version, as it'll be lighter and more easily spreadable.

tear each piece of prosciutto into smaller pieces and lay them on top of the mascarpone. don't worry about perfection, this is a rustic appetizer!

top each piece of bruschetta with a small bunch of arugula, and drizzle on a healthy amount of honey.

serve on a platter, family style. enjoy!

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14 Responses to “prosciutto, mascarpone & honeyed arugula bruschetta.”

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    Christine (Cook the Story) — June 22, 2011 at 11:35 am

    My in-laws are visiting from the UK very soon and this is EXACTLY the simple but beautiful kind of thing they love to eat and I love to make for them. Can’t wait to make them my guinea pigs on this one. Thanks!

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    brandi — June 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

    this sounds ( and looks ) perfect! i love anything that doesn’t require the stove right now :)

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    jaclyn — June 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    i’m sure they’ll love it! it’s so simple, yet completely luscious and swoon-worthy. hope you’re doing well!

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    jaclyn — June 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    thanks brandi! i am SO over cooking right now, it’s too darn hot! yet for some strange reason, i still want to bake! i’m crazy!

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    Eron — June 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Beautiful! Love the idea and am glad not to turn on the oven! Spicy arugula, creamy mascarpone and sweet honey — what a fabulous flavor/texture combo. Thanks!

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    bakerbynature — June 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I am in love with this concept; I made a similar version last weekend and my party guests would not stop… eating!

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    Dawn — June 23, 2011 at 7:15 am

    It does look amazing. I’m all about simple ingredients and easy prep lately. I swear the simpler the ingredient list the more each ingredient can shine. Gorgeous photos!

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    Winnie — June 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Absolutely beautiful photos- this sounds like the perfect summer meal :)

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    jaclyn — June 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    thank you so much! it’s definitely a perfect, light summer meal!

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    jaclyn — June 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

    thanks for your sweet comments, Dawn! the less i have to do in the kitchen right now, and the fewer appliances i have to turn on make me a happy girl!

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    jaclyn — June 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

    thank you! it’s definitely a great combination that i think everybody loves!

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    jaclyn — June 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

    thanks Eron! turning on the oven is not high on my priority list right now, since it’s so hot outside!

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