Prosciutto Pear & Gouda Crostini

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An easy holiday appetizer that is ready in under 20 minutes! This Prosciutto Pear & Gouda Crostini Recipe is made with Old Amsterdam Classic Gouda that is super creamy, a little nutty, and has almost a butterscotch flavor to it – absolutely divine! 🧀🎄🍊

How to Make Crostini:

  1. Place the 1/2" sliced baguette pieces on a rimmed baking pan.
  2. Drizzle all sides generously with the olive oil. Broil for 1-3 minutes on one side, just until golden.
  3. Flip and broil on the other side just until edges are golden.

TIP: You want them to be crunchy without over baking them and having them TOO crunchy!

Crostini is popular for party appetizers because the olive oil helps to keep the crostini in perfect texture for 1-2 hours, without drying out or becoming soggy!

What is Old Amsterdam Gouda?

Old Amsterdam is a Premium Extra Aged Gouda cheese made from pasteurized cow's milk. It has a firm, yet crumbly texture with a multitude of deep, rich flavors.

FUN FACT! Did you know that gouda cheese in general is named after the town of Gouda, located in the South Holland province of The Netherlands?

What does Old Amsterdam Gouda taste like?

Made from cow's milk, Old Amsterdam is a premium aged gouda cheese that has a rich, robust flavor with many undertones such as butterscotch, and caramel. It has a very smooth, firm texture, so no grittiness. It's a great alternative for brie and amazing on grilled cheeses, crostini, and Mac n cheese recipes.

Can I leave out the prosciutto?

Yes! The prosciutto wrapped pears are optional. However, they sure are tasty! I would high recommend if choosing to use prosciutto, to find a high quality Italian brand for best flavors.

Substitutes for the pears:

  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Fig Jam
  • Peaches
  • Persimmons

How to Make Crunchy Maple Walnuts:

I also ended up adding caramelized maple walnuts on top of the crostini. While I find them to just be a fun addition to any recipe, they are completely optional. However, I have the recipe listed before! These crunchy maple walnuts are amazing on baked potatoes with blue cheese, winter salads, whipped ricotta dips, and so much more.

Simple toss together 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts and 1/3 cup maple syrup on a parchment paper lined rimmed baking pan. Place in the oven to bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes, until the maple syrup is bubbling and has caramelized around the walnuts. Let cool completely before breaking up into small pieces.

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Now, it’s time to grab our aprons and begin baking deliciousness! ’till next time! xxL

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Prosciutto Pear & Gouda Crostini

An easy holiday appetizer that is ready in under 20 minutes!

PREP:
10
MINS
HOURS
COOK:
10
MINS
HOURS
TOTAL:
20
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HOURS
TOTAL:
20

Ingredients

Servings: 12+

  • 6 oz. Old Amsterdam Classic Gouda, or Goat Gouda, thinly sliced
  • 1 Artisanal Baguette, sliced into ½” pieces
  • 4 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 ripe Pears, thinly sliced
  • 6-7 slices Prosciutto, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • Fresh Thyme Leaves, for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced baguette pieces on a rimmed baking pan. Drizzle all sides generously with the olive oil. Broil for 2-3 minutes on one side, just until golden.
  2. Remove the crostini from the oven and flip each piece over to the unbaked side.
  3. Add the thinly sliced gouda to cover the surface of each crostini.
  4. Turn oven ON to 375. Bake for 5-6 minutes, just until beginning to melt.
  5. In the meantime, wrap each thinly sliced pear in a half slice of prosciutto.
  6. Layer the baked gouda crostini with a prosciutto-wrapped pear, or a simple pear slice, and drizzle with honey. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves to enjoy warm!

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