peach prosciutto & ricotta crostini

peach and prosciutto crostini on black and white plates

Peach, prosciutto & ricotta crostini is the perfect summer appetizer to enjoy when the peaches are fresh and the weather is beautiful! Sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy, these easy-to-put-together toasts have it all.

peach prosciutto and ricotta crostini on a black and white platter and plates -2

peach prosciutto and ricotta crostinis are perfect for summer entertaining

Maybe you’re planning a full blown dinner party, or just having friends over for drinks on the deck; crostini is always right. It’s just filling enough to keep everybody happy and chatting for hours. And you’ll definitely get bonus points for serving this picture perfect summer appetizer. Crisp toast, basil infused whipped ricotta, buttery prosciutto and dribble down your chin juicy peaches…hello favorite season of the year!

prosciutto on a crostini

what you’ll need for peach crostini

  • a baguette loaf of bread
    • I recommend an artisan style loaf (sourdough works well) rather than a softer French bread, which tends to be light and airy. A dense sturdy bread is ideal for crostini. And it should be fresh, not day-old.
  • ricotta cheese
    • I love whole milk ricotta. Boursin cheese, a soft blue, or soft tart goat cheese will also work.
  • fresh basil
    • I whip the ricotta with fresh basil, a little salt, and lemon for a lovely herbaceous first layer.
  • prosciutto
    • this whisper thin sliced pork (from the leg of the animal) is cured and air dried. The flavor is lightly salty and the texture is famous for its silky chew. Prosciutto pairs especially well with fruit.
  • peaches
    • firm ripe peaches, peel-on, are best. Thinly slice them just before assembling your crostini.
  • pomegranate molasses
    • peach crostini are often served with a drizzle of something, usually a reduced balsamic vinegar, but I’ve used pomegranate molasses, which gives a similar effect.
making peach crostinis with prosciutto

how to assemble your peach and prosciutto crostini

  1. You’ll need to thinly slice your bread, and toast it. I do this under the broiler (on low) watching it like a hawk so it doesn’t burn. You can do it on a grill, or on the stove top in a cast iron skillet. You just want it to be golden and crisp on both sides.
  2. Smear the top of the toast with ricotta.
  3. Softly twist a ribbon of prosciutto over the cheese.
  4. Arrange a couple of slices of peach on top and garnish with fresh basil and black pepper.
  5. Drizzle lightly with pomegranate molasses just before serving.
drizzling peach bruschetta with pomegranate molasses

a few extra tips for making perfect crostini

  • Grill or toast the bread dry, no need to brush or drizzle with olive oil beforehand.
  • Crostini can’t be made much ahead of time or it can lose its crunch. Plan to make the basil ricotta, and toast the bread ahead, but assemble shortly before serving. If you’ve got everything ready to go it will be super quick.
  • Be mindful of how your crostini will be eaten and don’t pile it to high or too precariously with things that can topple off as someone goes in for a bite.
  • If you choose to drizzle your crostini with a thick balsamic or pomegranate drizzle, do that just before serving or let diners do it themselves if they like. Oh, and less is more when it comes to this kind of drizzle.
  • Provide little plates so people have a home for their crostini between bites. My pretty black and white plates are from Caskata.
peach and prosciutto crostini on black and white plates

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5 from 7 votes

peach, prosciutto and ricotta crostini

Peach, prosciutto & ricotta crostini is the perfect summer appetizer to enjoy when the peaches are fresh and the weather is beautiful! Sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy, these easy-to-put-together toasts have it all.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 24 crostini
Calories 81kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole milk ricotta
  • .75 ounce fresh basil
  • coarse salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1 baguette style loaf of bread
  • 6 ounces prosciutto slices
  • 3-4 firm ripe peaches, thinly sliced (do not peel)
  • pomegranate molasses for drizzling

Instructions

  • Whip up your ricotta with the basil in a small food processor until the basil is well incorporated and the cheese is a pale green. Add salt and lemon juice to taste. Note: I like to do this ahead so the cheese has a chance to chill. It will thicken as it chills.
  • Thinly slice your bread on a slight angle to 1/3-1/2 inch.
  • Toast the bread on both sides. I do this under a low broiler, but you can do it on a grill, or in a pan on the stove. Just pay attention so it doesn't burn.
  • Assemble your crostini. First lay down a layer of the ricotta. Top with about half a slice of prosciutto. I like to fold and lightly twist the meat so it has volume and a pleasing shape on the toast. Finish with 2 slices of peach.
  • Garnish each crostini with some small basil leaves and a sprinkling of fresh cracked black pepper. Just before serving you can drizzle with the pomegranate molasses. Serve asap!

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Dana
    August 3, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a fantastic recipe! Sweet, salty, and oh-so-delicious. Will definitely be serving this the next time I have friends over for happy hour!

  • Reply
    Carrie
    August 3, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    5 stars
    I am ALL about the flavor combo happening here! 🙂 The sweet with the salty gets me every time.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      August 3, 2022 at 1:37 pm

      Me too ~ in both sweet and savory recipes.

  • Reply
    Beth
    August 3, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    5 stars
    Such a classic flavor combination and the perfect summer appetizer. Delicious!

  • Reply
    Heather
    August 3, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    5 stars
    I love crostini in any shape or form. But this peach ricotta prosciutto version is outstanding! Such a delicious trio!

  • Reply
    Tavo
    August 3, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    5 stars
    The crostinis were fantastic! We skipped the prosciutto as we are vegetarians, and they were yummy!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      August 3, 2022 at 1:39 pm

      Fast work! Thanks for the review Tavo.

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