Country-Style Spinach Crostini

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 20m

Serves 4

Crostini, among the most typical Italian antipasti, are prevalent in Tuscany, where toppings may range from warm sauteed Swiss chard to simple stewed beans. Here, sauteed spinach is topped with creamy melted cheese to form crusty gratinéed toasts.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green (spring) onions
  • 1 pound spinach, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated, good quality Italian Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Salt and ground white pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 slices country-style white or whole-wheat bread, each 2 1/2 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 ounces Swiss or Emmenthaler cheese, cut into 8 equal slices


In a frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the prosciutto and green onions and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Raise the heat to high, add the spinach and sauté until barely wilted, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain, pressing against the spinach with a spoon to remove any excess liquid. Let cool. Preheat a broiler (or a grill).

In a bowl, whisk the egg until blended. Whisk in the Parmesan cheese and cream until well mixed. Season to taste with salt, white pepper and nutmeg. Add the spinach mixture and stir until blended.

Toast the bread until golden. Using a slotted spoon to drain off any excess liquid, arrange the spinach mixture on top of the toasted bread slices, dividing it evenly and making sure all edges of the toast are covered to prevent burning. Lay a slice of cheese on top of each piece of toast. Place on a rack in a broiler pan and broil (grill) until the cheese has just melted, 1-2 minutes.

Transfer to a platter and serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2110

nutrition information per serving

367 calories; 20g total fat; 80mg cholesterol; 580mg sodium; 31g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 17g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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