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Taleggio Crostini 3 Ways

If you fancy a selection of nibbles but don't want too much work try this nifty trio of Taleggio Crostini. Each has a different topping piled onto the taleggio to ring the changes. Simple, clever, tasty and sassy - all on one tray.
These crostini can be served on a large platter for people to help themselves or presented as an appetiser, perhaps with a small pile of dressed salad leaves to accompany them.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetiser/ Nibble
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Crostini, Taleggio
Author: Jane Saunders

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 12 Seedless grapes (red/ white/ mixed)
  • 12 Thin slices taken from a French Stick/ baguette
  • 150 g/ 5 ½oz Taleggio cheese
  • 4 Basil leaves
  • 1 slice Prosciutto
  • 1 Crisp apple (I used pink lady)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Medium bowl of cold water with a squeeze of lemon juice added

Instructions

  • Start by tossing the grapes in the olive oil and roast for 40 minutes in a preheated oven 150°C/ 300°F/ GM2, turning the grapes midway through. Take out and set aside to cool completely
  • Heat a frying pan and, without adding oil, fry the prosciutto until crisp. Remove from the pan, allow to cool, then crumble, cut or tear into small pieces
  • Take a quarter of the apple, remove the core and slice into thin wedges (you will need 8). Keep the slices fresh in the lemon water until ready to use.
  • Toast the slices of bread on both sides then divide the Taleggio across all 12 slices. Use a blunt knife to gently spread the cheese out.
  • Top 4 of the slices with the prosciutto pieces and lay a fresh basil leaf across the top. Top another 4 toasts with 2 of the grapes and sprinkle the nutmeg over the top. Finally, drain the apple slices and dry on kitchen paper, then lay 2 slices across the remaining slices and sprinkle with the ground cinnamon