Toasted baguette slices topped with a mustard spread, ham, and melted cheese make a perfect appetizer. These simple but tasty appetizers are quick to put together and are a great addition to a party spread.
Almost like a two bite open faced sandwich, these warm ham and cheese crostini are the perfect snack or appetizer. They can find themselves right at home on a brunch spread just as easily as an evening hors d’oeuvers buffet.
We even make them as a meal sometimes, they make an excellent lunch entrée. These crostini are easy to put together and always well received.
Whether you are hosting a party or just looking for a fun snack for the family, these ham and cheese crostini can fit the bill. We have enjoyed them as a nosh during game day as well as serving them on our Easter buffet.
Making These Ham and Cheese Appetizers
They are so easy to make, just take thin slices of baguette and spread a little bit of mayonnaise and mustard spread over them. Top that with thinly sliced ham.
The cheese comes next. We enjoy using some muenster on ours, but cheddar or Swiss would be lovely as well.
A quick trip to the oven, and these babies are ready to be enjoyed. It really doesn’t get much easier than that.
I have been tempted to make them again for several weeks now and finally had the chance. As I was digging the cheese and ham out of the fridge I spied the collection of quail eggs that was deposited in my fridge by MiMi.
She has been getting a ton of eggs lately and she knows Little Dude loves them. He enjoys using the quail egg scissors and making himself some scrambled eggs.
He can do everything but turn on the stove himself!
I instantly knew that a quail egg perched on top of a crostini would be extra amazing. Just imagine serving them that way at your next brunch!
Honestly I’d still serve them in the evening as well. We would eat them any time.
So I may have a new favorite way of eating the ham and cheese crostini. But don’t despair if you don’t have quail eggs, they are definitely delicious and totally worth making without as well!
Are crostini served hot or cold?
These ham and cheese crostini are wonderful fresh from the oven. However, they also taste great at room temperature which is handy for serving them at an event.
How do you store leftover ham and cheese crostini?
Put any extra crostini in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just warm them slightly in the microwave for a quick and easy snack.
More Easy Appetizer Ideas:
The first time we served these, we had them on a platter with some cucumber ranch bread. They are like open face tea sandwiches and the two options were fun together.
For a heartier ham and cheese appetizer, you can make some hot ham and cheese sliders. That is another easy to make recipe that is perfect as a meal or a game day nosh.
Or you can make flaky ham and cheese pinwheels if puff pastry is more your style. There are so many great options for savory finger foods.
Ham and Cheese Crostini
- 1 baguette thinly sliced
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup mustard I used a brown honey mustard
- ½ lb thinly sliced ham
- 4 oz sliced cheese I used muenster
- Spread a layer of baguette slices on a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350°F
- Mix together mayonnaise and mustard and spread a thin layer on baguette slices
- Cut ham slices in half and fold to fit on bread slices
- Place a small slice of cheese over the ham
- Place tray in preheated oven and bake for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is nice and melted
- Serve warm or at room temperature.