It all comes down to this… The last one… The EPIC one… The one that states the finale of the 2016 fiesta New Year Eve. It’s been a superb year and it marks all the twists I have brought to my plate. I hope you guys have enjoyed my recipes and keep cooking them often. To everyone out there who have liked and followed my work, a big THANK YOU! Pen down this last recipe of 2016 and in the spirit of McDowell's No.1, make sure you party as if the world is ending tomorrow.
Crostini is an appetizer, which is toasted ciabatta/baguette bread topped with different toppings. I have presented 4 different ways to serve Crostini which are extremely easy and quick to make.
Serves: 4-6 people
Prep Time: 20 mins
1 loaf of baguette bread, cut into 16 slices (1 cm thick)
1 cup green peas
7-8 cloves of garlic
100 gms of parmesan cheese
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
A few sprigs of basil
A handful of arugula leaves
6-8 slices of prosciutto ham
1 cup ricotta cheese
8-10 black olives
A drizzle of honey
A drizzle of balsamic vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
The 4 different toppings and their recipe are as follows:
*Green Pea Pesto
Add juice of 1 lime, 1 cup of green peas, 3-4 cloves of garlic, ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, a good pour of olive oil, salt and black pepper to taste in a mixing jar and whip till it turns into a coarse puree.
Remove it in a bowl and drizzle olive oil over it. Spread the Pea Pesto over the Crostini and place halves of cherry tomato on it.
*Prosciutto with Ricotta, Arugula and Honey
Spread Ricotta cheese over the toasted baguette slice and place Arugula leaves over it. Place a slice of Prosciutto and drizzle a little honey and extra virgin olive oil over the Crostini.
*Tomato, Basil, Olive, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese
Cut cherry tomatoes and black olives into quarters. Mix it with 1 minced garlic, finely shred 3-4 basil leaves (roll the leaves into a cigar and slice through), grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and spoon this mixture over the toasted baguette. Return it to an oven to allow the Parmesan cheese to melt.
*Strawberry and Ricotta
Cut strawberry into slices and drizzle balsamic vinegar over it and allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes. Spread Ricotta cheese on a toasted slice of baguette and place the slices of strawberries over it.
Try these simple yet classy appetizers and don't worry about how they taste, because “GOOD FOOD NEVER TASTES LIKE IT'S TRYING TOO HARD”! Savour them with each bite and wash them down with a glass of Prosecco. It's time to wind up this year, so say your goodbyes on the new year eve and look forward to shine on in 2015. Stay hungry!
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Article and Images: Harsh Dixit
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