Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini and a Quiet Hospitality

This Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini is an elegant, delicious appetizer to serve or bring to any party!

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini

Friends, now that it’s February, I just love that “love is in the air”! There are so many ways to reach out to show love!

Sometimes we may feel so busy, the space in our lives for big efforts like hosting big parties and such just isn’t there. I know, I’ve been there before many times. But I still make room for simple living and hosting, which for me becomes a daily rhythm of reaching out to others. I think about others who say, “hospitality is not my gift.” I get it, but I do believe we are all called to be hospitable, in whatever way that is.

Quiet hospitality

Hospitality for me has become very quiet at times, like the other day when I hosted my 2 friends who have known me for over 30 years. One friend is 71, the other 69. I cherish and love these ladies. When we get together, it’s like a day never passed, in between the quiet months of not being in touch with one another.

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini

I set the table for 3. {I’m loving Pioneer Woman’s NEW blue water goblets! So pretty!}

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini

I served a healthy salad, and made a small plate of this yummy Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini.

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini

It can also be as quiet as sitting with a cup of tea and reading a book (learning and growing, so you have more to give out), or calling a friend and chatting on the phone. Last week I talked with my childhood friend for an hour, and just yesterday a very good friend in Portland. I texted her after the call … 1:03 was the time on my phone. I said, “well worth the hour.” :) I love how you can bring hospitality with you where ever you go!

I long for the hours to sit and talk with friends. It’s something needed, something to be woven into the daily fabric of our lives. My mother showed me this, in the way she lived her life.

It’s quiet, beautiful, soulful, and …

When will be the next time you invite 2 friends over for a quick lunch, or make a long phone call to a friend, or schedule a hike or walk?

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh baguette (cut into 12 slices)
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, plain, at room temperature
  • 12 tablespoons marmalade (or honey)
  • 6 slices prosciutto, each cut in half
  • 12 fresh arugula leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  2. Slice twelve 1/2-inch slices of bread from the baguette. Place on a baking sheet, and brush generously with the olive oil. Sprinkle a little salt on each slice.  Bake for about 10 minutes, or until crisp and slightly golden.  Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  3. Spread some goat cheese on each crostini. Spread about a tablespoon marmalade or honey on top of the goat cheese.
  4. Fold the half slices of prosciutto and place on top of each crostini.
  5. Lay a fresh arugula leaf on top of each crostini. Serve!
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Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini - easy appetizer with marmalade jam!

6 comments on “Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini and a Quiet Hospitality”

  1. Yum! looks good. At the moment I’m fighting another cold so no plans to do much until I feel better, though we are hosting a superbowl party this weekend. 

  2. such a great post Sandy!!! Our culture and technology scream at us to keep going, to be so busy we “don’t have time” to slow down and have friends over or take hospitality with you like you said :) .

    I met someone who has a daughter who lives in Europe and she went there to visit and said they look forward to getting together after work with friends and to having dinner together often. They don’t rush and pack their schedules so full like we do here in the USA.

    I am guilty of having to full of a schedule and find it challenging with 4 kids activities going on to have friends over for dinner more regularly. Yet because of you, your wonderful blog and the Lord I am growing in this area. 

    • Thank you, Michelle. I agree, people in Europe do it differently. They are more relaxed and they actually take the time … even during the work week! We should learn from them! :)

  3. I love small groups where you can just sit back and enjoy a quiet lunch or a glass of wine. Sounds like this was a wonderful gathering. 

  4. Wow, this looks like my ultimate appetizer! LOVE! :)

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