Two of Catalonia's favorite foods—raw cured ham and escalivada, a blend of eggplant and red peppers, top these crostini-like canapés. If Serrano ham is unavailable, use prosciutto instead.Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips

January 1999


Credit: © David Loftus

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  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Put the eggplant and bell pepper on a baking sheet. Roast the bell pepper, turning it occasionally, for about 40 minutes, or until blistered all over, and the eggplant for about 1 hour, or until it has collapsed. Transfer the vegetables to a plate.

  • On a large baking sheet, lightly brush both sides of the baguette slices with olive oil. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

  • When the vegetables are cool enough to handle, remove the skins, seeds and stems. Transfer the eggplant to a colander and let drain for 30 minutes. Finely chop the eggplant and transfer to a bowl. Cut the bell pepper into 1/4-inch dice and add to the eggplant. Stir in the 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and black pepper.

  • Cut 1 of the tomatoes in half crosswise. Rub 16 of the baguette toasts with the cut sides of the halved tomato. Top each toast with a piece of ham, folding it to fit neatly. Sprinkle with some of the chives.

  • Cut the other tomato crosswise into 8 slices, then cut each slice in half. Spread the eggplant mixture on the remaining 16 baguette toasts and top each with a half slice of tomato and half an anchovy. Serve the canapés at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The escalivada can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.


One Serving

Calories 300 kcal, Total Fat 16 gm, Saturated Fat 2 gm.

Suggested Pairing

A Spanish Cava.