This is less of a recipe and more of a delicious, delicious memory. Last month my husband and I stole away to New York for a couple of days. While we both had to work, we managed to have our evenings and nights to ourselves. (If you have kids, you will completely understand how monumental this is.) It is certainly a pleasure to talk to the person that you love with no interrupting, no spilling, no arguing, no dog drool flying at you. Ahhhhh……..
On one of those hot, late summer nights, we sat outside our hotel where there is an open air café and ordered a huge pitcher of cava punch (yum) and an appetizer of grilled bread with Serrano ham. It was incredible.
I think it is the grilled bread, which my best guess was grilled, then rubbed with garlic and tomato and then finally topped with a thick pile of ham. And that is the what I am sharing with you today. I thought it would be appropriate with the insane heat that everyone is still experiencing. You don’t have to turn your oven on- just the outside BBQ, and only for a couple minutes!!
I enjoy these with a big salad like this, or with a big beautiful bowl of this soup. Or, of course, you could just serve these as an appetizer before dinner.
To make these, you just do this:
Preheat the grill to medium heat. Slice the large pieces of bread in half and drizzle the olive oil over the slices of bread.
Grill the bread to golden on both sides, this should take about 2-3 minutes total.
Remove the bread from the grill and immediately rub the garlic clove over the surface of the bread. The crustiness of the bread will melt the garlic right into the toast.
Next do the same with a tomato. Discard the remaining garlic and tomato. Very lightly sprinkle one side of the toast with kosher salt. (just a tiny bit!)
Pile the ham on the toast and sprinkle with fresh herbs and a drizzle of olive oil and serve. Enjoy!
Recipe: Grilled Crostini with Serrano Ham
- -4 large slices rustic bread
- -olive oil
- -kosher salt
- -1 garlic clove
- -1 small tomato
- -4 ounces Serrano ham (prosciutto would work too)
- -chives or fresh oregano for garnish
- 1. Preheat the grill to medium heat and drizzle the olive oil over the 2 slices of bread.
- 2. Grill the bread to golden on both sides, this should take about 2-3 minutes total.
- 3. Remove the bread from the grill and immediately rub the garlic clove over the surface of the bread. The crustiness of the bread will melt the garlic right into the toast.
- 4. Next do the same with a tomato. Discard the remaining garlic and tomato. Very lightly sprinkle one side of the toast with kosher salt. (just a tiny bit!)
- 5. Pile the ham on the toast and sprinkle with chives and a drizzle of olive oil and serve. Enjoy!
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 3 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
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I wonder if I could make it to Seattle in 20 mins.
haha- with a little magic perhaps!
Heather – the best recipes in the world are just like this – more of an idea than an actual formula to follow to cook. To me, this is the essence of fine cooking.
Thank you Kelley 🙂
I have not eaten breakfast yet today and now all I can think about is this…I have bread, tomatoes, garlic, but no ham….boo hoo for me!
Te felicito por tu blog. Me encantan tus recetas, y éste crostini con jamón tiene una pinta increíble.
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Un besito, guapa 🙂
I love the recipe!It looks very delicious. Have you tried adding some 100% Iberico bellota ham? Congrats for the recipe, we share it with our clients!
Really good. Liked it.
Lovely recipe, I really enjoyed cooking it. Some brad with ham, tomato and oil is a really common dish in Spain, my natal country. I’m really glad to see you pleople like it too ^^
(Check for a really good spanish ham: https://www.embutidosescamez.com/jamon-serrano-reserva-8-9-kilos/ )