These Spanish-inspired crostini appetizers are easy to put together, and make a great starter for a cocktail party. Just smear toasted baguette slices with store-bought quince paste (a.k.a. membrillo), then top with crispy baked serrano ham, thinly sliced Manchego cheese, and a drizzle of mint oil.
What to buy: Look for membrillo, also called quince paste, in gourmet groceries and Latin markets.
Serrano ham is a salt-cured ham from Spain. If you can’t find it, substitute prosciutto.
Manchego is an aged sheep’s-milk cheese from Spain; look for it in gourmet groceries.
All of these Spanish products are available online at La Tienda.
Game plan: The mint oil and toasted baguette can be prepared a day ahead. Store the baguette slices in an airtight container so they don’t get stale.
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Beverage pairing: Bodegas Martín Códax Albariño, Spain. Salty, sweet, and rich with flavor, this dish requires a wine to counterbalance it. Since the theme is Spain, it’s good to go with a Spanish wine, in this case a crisp, lemony Albariño.