This pancetta jam crostini with mascarpone cheese and pickled red onions has crispy and creamy and sweet, savory, salty, and sour all packed into one bite. Another one you can find all ingredients for at Trader Joe’s. Or any major supermarket…if you’re into that kind of thing.
I always try to add something extra to my dinner parties. A little amuse bouche or a small cheese course at the end just to add a fun surprise and show my appreciation.
I knew I wanted the something extra to be a crostini as I was finishing prep for a dinner party last Saturday and I had two packs of cubed pancetta and a couple fresh containers of mascarpone cheese left from working on my mascarpone stuffed French toast bread pudding. I also made a huge batch of pickled red onions earlier in the week as I like to keep those on hand.
As I was rolling meatballs for an Italian wedding soup course, it came to me. Crispy crostini, creamy mascarpone, sweet, savory, salty pancetta jam, and sour pickled onions.
A crostini was born!
The guests enjoyed it, I do believe.
The pancetta jam can be made ahead of time. Just warm it before serving. You can make the pickled red onions way ahead of time. I prefer Trader Joe’s mascarpone cheese and they always have nice French and sourdough baguettes to choose from.