Posted by Gretchen On September 19th, 2014
One of the many perks to my job as a teacher is the sweet gifts I receive from my students. Most of the time it’s just a handwritten card or drawing declaring, “Mrs. Bruner, you are my favorite English teacher!” I know that’s true because I’m their only English teacher. At other times, I’ve received a flower (illicitly) picked from the school’s playground. Most recently, one of my kiddos brought me some homemade fig jam because, as the mom told me, what do you do with a whole tree full of figs?! We teachers sure appreciate helping with such problems.
In addition to spreading the jam on toast, mixing it in my yogurt, and, yes, eating some straight off the spoon, I also experimented with these prosciutto, fig, and manchego cheese crostinis. The buttery richness of the cheese pairs well with the salty-sweet combination of the prosciutto and fig jam. This really impresses as an appetizer for a cocktail party but takes all of 5 minutes to make. Simply made gluten-free by choosing gluten-free bread.
Prosciutto, Fig, and Manchego Cheese Crostinis
½ baguette (or one demi-baguette), sliced (use gluten-free bread if desired)
Fig jam or fig paste
5oz Manchego cheese, sliced
1 oz prosciutto
Preheat oven to a broil.
Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet and bake for 1-1½ minutes, or until bread is just lightly toasted. Watch them closely here, 30 seconds make the difference between lovely and crispy and burnt and ruined.
On each crostini, spread a spoonful of jam or fig paste, add one slice of Manchego cheese, and top with a bit of prosciutto.
Posted by Gretchen On September 15th, 2014
Posted by Gretchen On September 12th, 2014
Posted by Gretchen On September 8th, 2014
Posted by Gretchen On September 5th, 2014
Introducing The Convivial Table’s First Facebook Contest!!
If you’ve been following my recent posts, you know how I’m head over heels in love with the tea from New Mexico Tea Company. Now is your chance to love it too! One lucky winner will come away with a $25 gift card to spend at New Mexico Tea Company’s website to have tea shipped to your door.
How to Win:
-Enter often! For every picture you submit, your name will be entered into a drawing for the gift card.
-If you submit a picture of one of the tea recipes, you’ll get your name entered twice (the tea doesn’t not have to be NM Tea Co. brand and you can adapt the recipes as you’d like).
-If you submit a picture of the food AND the people you’re enjoying it with, you’ll get your name entered twice (in the spirit of conviviality!).
-Pictures you’ve taken in the past of Convivial Table recipes are absolutely allowed, just post them as instructed above.
The drawing will take place on October 1. The winner will be contacted then via Facebook so they can receive their prize.
Posted by Gretchen On September 4th, 2014
Posted by Gretchen On September 1st, 2014
Posted by Gretchen On August 29th, 2014