This was not an ordinary Friday night.
I had the pleasure of trying out a new product called BLAZE fig balsamic glaze.
What to do with it?
My cheese man (yes, I own a man made of cheese) Paul, sells this great ham from Emilia Romagna called Prosciutto Cotta. It is a wonderful tasting ham with fresh rosemary throughout. I can't resist buying it when he gets it in.
I sliced a crusty baguette, spread a tiny bit of grainy mustard, then a slice of ham, a sliver or Piave Vecchio (or Parmigiana Reggiano) and half of a dried fig.
Drizzle with the Blaze fig balsamic.
Let sit out one hour before serving, and you have an easy, fantastic crostini!
I also bought a St. Agur blue cheese from France, and spread it on the rest of the bread slices.
Put some thinly sliced pears on top and drizzled honey over the platter.
Wait an hour before serving. Cheese tastes best when it comes to room temperature.
Serve with a nice red wine and you have a party!