We love summer, but we’ve got to admit that the heat does get to us. It’s one thing if we’re in our bathing suits soaking up the sun poolside or at the beach, but when it comes time to cook dinner in our hot, cramped kitchen, we find ourselves longing for winter. Of course, our desire to eat tasty food never goes away, no matter how hot it is. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for easy, no-cook dinner ideas that will keep us satisfied without turning our homes into a sauna. Jamie Oliver just shared a fig and prosciutto crostini recipe that totally fits the bill.
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To start with, you need some ciabatta bread to create your crostini. This is the only part of the recipe that requires any heat. Oliver grills his bread, then rubs it with garlic and drizzles it with olive oil, salt, and pepper before topping it. If you don’t feel like using your grill just to toast bread, you can also use a toaster, toaster oven, or your broiler, or use a cast iron grill pan
on the stovetop.
Next, the toppings. You’ll need ripe figs, thinly sliced prosciutto, and fresh mint. Add a slice of prosciutto to each crostini, then smash a fig down on top of it. Garnish with mint leaves, then drizzle on some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper finishes things off. It’s crispy, rich, fresh, sweet, savory, and tangy, basically everything you could want out of a recipe that’s so simple.
This prosciutto and fig crostini is perfect as a light summer dinner – it offers up protein, produce, and carbs to keep you satisfied and full, even without cooking a full meal.
You can also get creative with it. Swap the balsamic vinegar for a drizzle of hot honey, add a few pieces of torn fresh mozzarella or burrata, layer on a slice or two of fresh ripe peaches – think of the bread as your canvas, and fresh summer ingredients as your paints.
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