Dec 1, 2011

Christmas Crunch

Christmas Crunch

This recipe is real tricky because it tastes so sinfully good you just can’t stop taking bites here and there while making them. At least I couldn’t. Makes it hazardous to your new Christmas outfit.

I’ve tried out new snack and appetizer recipes that I plan to serve on Christmas, and this is one of them. One of the better ones. I combined 3 different recipes for it.

What are they? These are crunchy pieces of French bread topped with ham and lightly sautéed mushrooms that I briefly simmered in some sort of parsley pesto and white wine.

If that’s not enough for you, we finish them off with mozzarella and put them back in the oven until it melts.

Maybe some day you’ll be able to forgive me for the serious amount of calories I put into them!

 

Ingredients:

1 medium-sized French bread
9 oz mushrooms
12 thin, small slices  of deli ham
handful flat-leaf parsley
1 small garlic clove
2 tbsp dry white wine
3 tbsp olive oil + extra for brushing
2 tbsp grated Parmesan
12 small pieces of mozzarella
salt & pepper

 

Directions:

Slice the French bread into 12 slices.
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Lightly brush or spray it with olive oil and bake it in a preheated oven at 350F (175C) for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.
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Combine the parsley, garlic and grated Parmesan in your food processor bowl.
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Pour in 1 1/2 tbsp oil in your food processor and blitz.
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Clean the mushrooms. Remove the stems and slice them up. Slice the mozzarella as well.
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Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil and lightly sauté the mushrooms until they lose their whiteness.
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Add the parsley oil and cook for another minute or two before adding the wine.
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Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Let the mushrooms simmer for a little while until the liquid has mostly vaporized.
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Take the still warm bread out of the oven. Top it with the ham, mushrooms and some mozzarella.
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Pop them back in the oven for a few minutes until the mozzarella has melted. That’s all, folks.
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Garnish with some finely minced parsley. How simple is that? They taste like a million bucks!
Christmas Crunch

Christmas Crunch
Ingredients
    1 medium-sized French bread
    9 oz mushrooms
    12 thin, small slices  of deli ham
    handful flat-leaf parsley
    1 small garlic clove
    2 tbsp dry white wine
    3 tbsp olive oil + extra for brushing
    2 tbsp grated Parmesan
    12 small pieces of mozzarella
    salt & pepper

Directions
    Slice the French bread into 12 slices. Lightly brush or spray it with olive oil and bake it in a preheated oven at 350F (175C) for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Keep an eye on it.

    Combine the parsley, garlic, 1 1/2 tbsp oil and grated Parmesan in your food processor bowl and blitz.

    Clean the mushrooms. Remove the stems and slice them up. Slice the mozzarella as well.

    Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil and lightly sauté the mushrooms until they lose their whiteness. Add the parsley oil and cook for another minute or two before adding the wine.

    Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Let the mushrooms simmer for a little while until the liquid has mostly vaporized.

    Take the still warm bread out of the oven. Top it with the ham, mushrooms and some mozzarella. Pop them back in the oven for a few minutes until the mozzarella has melted.

Meal type: appetizer, party food, snack
Servings: 12
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    12 Comments »

    1. 1

      Hey Kay!  They look real good – well, except for the mushrooms.  What would you suggest as a substitute?  I have a friend that I would love to make these for – but she is allergic to mushroom.

      Dawn on Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:06 pm Reply
      1. No idea, really. The mushrooms are pretty much what make these crostini so good. 

        Kay on Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:08 pm Reply
      2. Dawn, I wonder if halved grape tomatoes would taste good in place of the mushrooms?

        Rhonda on Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:47 pm Reply
        1. Maybe asparagus?

          Kay on Dec 4, 2011 @ 12:29 am Reply
    2. 2

      Fabulous. Parsley pesto, that’s original! I wish we had an easier time finding real mozzarella here in the States. I’ll have to investigate the local shops. But yeah, mushrooms, white wine…this is gonna be great, I can almost taste it now.

      Amy on Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:13 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Perfect, but I love anything with mushrooms.  Little bites are my favorite way to eat.

      Rhonda on Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:46 pm Reply
      1. You’d love our Christmas dinner then. Bought a new grill/stone-grill with raclette.

        Kay on Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:48 pm Reply
    4. 4

      What can be used in place of the white wine?

      jghk on Dec 2, 2011 @ 3:04 pm Reply
    5. 5

      I don’t drink alcohol, what can be used besides wine?  Thank you!!!

      Ana on Dec 2, 2011 @ 10:15 pm Reply
      1. Maybe chicken or vegetable stock?

        Kay on Dec 4, 2011 @ 12:27 am Reply
        1. Yes, try chicken or veg stock, add a dash of lemon or balsamic vinegar.

          AuntieG on Dec 7, 2014 @ 1:30 am Reply
    6. 6

      MMMMM I want that ! And not to mention it is easy to make ……..That will be on my Christmas list.

      Arrisje on Dec 3, 2011 @ 12:42 am Reply

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