Sometimes simplicity wins hands down! If you are looking for a fuss free appetizer to add to a holiday table this season, look no further than right here. Simple basic ingredients put together to make one delicious bite!
Okay, so we are nearing the end of the third week of November and we all know what that means right? I don't even want to utter that word that starts with C and ends in mas, but I know I am soon going to have to cave and get all festive. The thing is, I am a total stickler for my little tradition and there will be nothing too festive until the clock strikes December! Who's with me?
That being said, I do want to start sharing a few things on the blog to help you all plan ahead for the upcoming festive season.
One of the many things I love about this time of year is entertaining, or at least I used to. I have just kind of lost my mojo lately, but I am hoping to revive it come December. Fingers crossed.
Anyway, I love making and serving appetizers of all kinds during any kind of festivities as I find them a great way to entertain. And sometimes, you just can't beat something good, easy and simple.
In the coming weeks here on the blog, I am aiming to share with you all more holiday inspired food. Things are are good for parties, cookies and even some Christmas cooking. Eeek...I said the word. Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Anyway, that is what I am aiming to share in the near future. Some of what I got stored up in my ideas is super simple, just like you see here. Because sometimes it's great to make and serve easy food. Gives you more time to enjoy yourself and relax. Okay, I might just be my own worst enemy when it comes to that last part, but I do try my best.
So, today I am starting on appetizers for the holidays, Christmas or the festive season. Whatever you like to call it. For me, it's Christmas. And yes, I know I said that three times now. I may have blown my tradition.
All that aside, lets take a look at this super simply but oh so tasty appetizer!
Notes about the bruschetta:
Okay, this recipe basically relies on great ingredients to get the great results. Makes sense right? Because I live in Spain, these ingredients are super easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. However, most of you reading this will be somewhere else. If you find serrano ham hard to come by or it's too expensive, use prosciutto. Same goes for the cheese, just substitute a sharp aged cheese if you can't find one like I use. You will still have a great bruschetta.
Make sure you get your bread crisp. You don't want black (clearly!), but just a nice crunch. Otherwise it will taste a bit stale.
I love to top this with a little extra olive oil and sea salt. If that's not your thing, just leave it off.
That really sums it up!
Happy appetizer making friends!
Spanish Serrano Ham and Cured Cheese Bruschetta
Makes 12 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 10 minutes
12 Slices baguette bread
6 Slices of Serrano ham, cut in half
12 Thin slices of Spanish cured cheese
Handful fresh arugula
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drizzle olive oil over baking tray. Lay all the bread on the baking tray and rub in the olive oil on both sides. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until crispy.
Remove from oven and top with arugula, cheese and ham. Drizzle a little olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Serve immediately.
Click the downloadable link below to print recipe!
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