Sweet and savory onion and fig jam with creamy brie, crispy prosciutto and roasted garlic on top of buttery toasted crostinis makes an impressive appetizer that’s just as easy to make for 20 as it is for 50.
These crostinis look seriously impressive. Like they were made by a proper chef. Only they weren’t. We made them. And YOU can make them. Easily. And totally impress the heck out of your guests! They are O.M.G. delicious! Roasted garlic is spread on the bottom of a buttery crostini topped with a crispy piece of salty prosciutto paired with the creamy brie and the sweet and tangy onion and fig jam made with wine and thyme.
The great thing about these little appies, taste and looks aside, is that they are very scale-able. It’s just as easy to make 50 or even 100 of these as it is to make 20. It just takes a tiny bit more time to assemble. They are a great option for a more upscale dinner party because they look fantastic, but you can prepare EVERYTHING before hand and then just assemble 15 mins before you want to serve them. The only thing we would recommend doing right before you serve them is cutting the cheese slices (throw your brie in the freezer for 10 mins before you cut it to make the slicing even easier).
When we make these, we like to double the amount of crostinis, garlic, prosciutto and have an extra round of brie in the fridge just in case you need to make more in a hurry. It hardly takes any more effort to roast extra garlic, crisp up a few extra slices of prosciutto, and toasts another baguette. Everything keeps well in the fridge and the crostinis keep well for a few days if you store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
The onion and fig jam is the star of this appetizer and it is a cinch to make, it just takes a little while to cook down and become all nice and jammy. Use fresh figs if you have them but you can also use dried ones as long as you get the ones that aren’t all shriveled up. They need to be at least soft. We love this onion and fig jam because it can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you are ready to use it. On these crostinis, a condiment for a cheese board, a pizza topping maybe…
It would make a wonderful gift! You could fill little jars of this onion and fig jam and give it away over the holidays. How awesome would you be if you made extra jam, filled a few jars, made this appy for a dinner party and then sent your guests home with a small jar of their own!
Kevin and I are planning a Christmas party in December to celebrate the season as well as our move into our new shop where we will live while Kevin builds our house. We’re inviting all our family and friends and this appetizer is firmly on the menu!
Are you planning any holiday parties this season?
- 10 cups sliced sweet onions
- 6 figs, chopped
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 big sprigs thyme
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp balsamic reduction
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 skinny and long loaf of bread, cut into ¾ inch thick slices on the bias
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp garlic plus (or other garlic seasoning for garlic bread)
- sprinkle of parmesan cheese on each crostini
- drizzle of olive oil
- 2 heads of garlic
- couple tablespoons olive oil
- round of brie
- 7- 8 pieces of prosciutto
- thyme sprigs for garnish
- Add all the sliced onions, figs, butter, olive oil, and thyme sprigs to a large pan. Heat to medium-low and cook, stirring every few mins, until the onions caramelize and the figs break down. This will take 15 - 20 mins or so. Then add the second bit of butter, balsamic reduction, and wine. Stir well. Cook for another 5 - 10 mins until the mixture breaks down even more and gets nice and jammy. Remove from heat and cool. Set aside or store in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Slice your loaf of bread up. Mix the garlic seasoning with the oil, and brush a little on both sides of the bread. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven till they brown a little. About 5 - 8 mins. Flip them over and cook till they are browned on the other side as well. About 3 - 5 mins. Set aside.
- While the onion and fig jam is cooking and you''re making your crostinis, roast the garlic. Turn the oven on to 400 F. Cut the top off of each of the heads of garlic and place each one on a square of tin foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Wrap each one up in the foil and place in the oven on a rack. Roast for 30 - 35 mins until they feel soft. Pull them out and let them cool.
- Crisp up your prosciutto. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Place the strips of prosciutto in and cook for a min or two on each side. They will crisp up quick and you don't want them so crispy that they will crumble. Remove from the heat and cut into crositini size pieces. Set aside.
- First cut up the brie in long skinny strips. Then into 2 inch pieces or so.
- Take a crostini and a clove of roasted garlic and smear the garlic on the crostini. Next put on a piece of crispy prosciutto, followed by a slice of brie and top all of that with a generous tablespoon of the onion and fig jam. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.