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Ham and Cheese Crostini

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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.

looking across a plate of ham and cheese crostini with melted meunster,

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.

baking sheet with baguette slices on it, some spread with mustard sauce, some with ribbons of ham on that and some with small slices of cheese on top building the crostini and getting them ready for the oven.

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.

baking tray of ham and cheese crostini fresh from the oven,

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!

looking across a plate of ham and cheese crostini with fried quail eggs on top.

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!

plate with three quail egg topped ham and cheese crostini.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

looking across a plate of ham and cheese crostini with melted meunster,

Ham and Cheese Crostini

Servings: 36 Servings
Author: Carlee
Toasted baguette slices topped with a mustard spread, ham and melted cheese are a perfect appetizer. They are quick to put together and are a great addition to a party spread.
4.79 from 19 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 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
    1 baguette
  • Mix together mayonnaise and mustard and spread a thin layer on baguette slices
    ¼ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup mustard
  • Cut ham slices in half and fold to fit on bread slices
    ½ lb thinly sliced ham
  • Place a small slice of cheese over the ham
    4 oz sliced cheese
  • Place tray in preheated oven and bake for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is nice and melted
  • Serve  warm or at room temperature.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 186mgSugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 25th of September 2023

These turned out very, very tasty! We made them with sliced French bread because the store was out of baguette loaves. We also used sliced sharp cheddar and black forest deli ham, and we did add the fried quail eggs on top. Super easy to make! We had them for a light Sunday breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed them. We will definitely be making them again! Thanks for the recipe!


Monday 25th of September 2023

I am so glad you liked them. My family loves them. My nephew and son both request them quite frequently.

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Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Yum. I want these right now, and I have no baguette or ham!