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!
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
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!)
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!