Monday, January 14, 2013

Rocket Crustinis

December was chock full of parties and MiddleBar hit the road doing some boutique catering! This year you'll be seeing a lot more appetizers since I've got so many of them flying out of the MB kitchen. 

Today's recipe for Rocket Crustini is super simple but has a ton of flavor complexity. This recipe calls for Rocket (most commonly known as Arugula). Rocket has a spicy, peppery flavor and is delicious when drizzled with olive oil and a hint of lemon. Throughout history, rocket has been considered an aphrodisiac - and you thought you liked it for the taste alone! ;) 

Rocket Crustini
1 Bushel of Rocket greens 
4oz of Goat Cheese (use plain, rather than an herb variety)
1 pack Prosciutto 
Lemon Zest
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil

Preheat your oven to 350. Cut a rustic baguette on the bias, drizzle a baking sheet with olive oil, arrange baguette slices in a single layer and lightly drizzle the top of the baguette with oil and a pinch of salt & pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Over medium high heat, fry prosciutto slices as you would with bacon. Place them on a paper towel and crush into prosciutto bits.

Top the baguettes with rocket, goat cheese, and prosciutto bits as seen above. Sprinkle salt, a tiny bit of pepper, some lemon zest, a drizzle of olive oil, and a hit or two of lemon juice. 

Rock the Rocket Y'all!!!