Crostino alla Romana

Day 53: “Trattoria Grappolo:  Simple Recipes for Traditional Italian Cuisine

February 22, 2011

Finding an appetizer that is easy to make and impress friends and family is a home run in the book of busy people everywhere.  So simple to make but it tastes complex.  We had a hard time figuring out the flavor on this and then when my son said it tasted like king crab legs in melted butter we all agreed. 

The cookbook is full of pictures, I would say about half of the book is pictures.  Not just small pictures either, but large ones.  The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow and easy to make.  The wine suggestion for each recipe is about the same size as the directions in how to make the recipe.  Simply said, if you love Italian cooking this would be a great cookbook to discover.

The Ruling:  Everyone who tried it loved it.  My son’s girlfriend was over and she devoured them, and she is a tiny girl!  She said that it reminded her of the sandwiches that she had while she traveled in Spain.  The taste really does take you away in your memories as the taste is complex and simple all at the same time.  We thought it had a taste of king crab legs in butter, but with the hint of sage it reminded you a something comforting.  Please use fresh sage as I do not think dried will do it justice!  While you could serve this as an appetizer, I also think this would taste great as a meal with a simple salad.

Crostiona Alla Roman, page 45


  • 4 slices country rustic bread sliced 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 1 ball fresh buffalo mozzarella, drained and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 15 fresh sage leaves
  • 4 slices prosciutto


  1. Preheat Broiler on High to 500 degrees.  Place slices of bread on a baking sheet.  Top each slice of bread with the sliced mozzarella.  Place baking sheet in oven on the middle rack for approximately 2 minutes, or until mozzarella begins to melt.  Meanwhile, in a skillet, melt the butter and add the sage leaves.  After mozzarella has melted, remove baking sheet from the oven and top bread slices each with a slice of prosciutto.  Place a bread slice on each serving plate and finish by drizzling the butter and sage leaves over top.

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger  operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity.  She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at .  Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at  For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page  here.

If you try any of my suggestions, I would love to hear from you.  It helps me to understand what my readers want me to write about and what they think is a waste of their time….thanks for taking the time to help me out.



Filed under Appetizers, Fast Meals

2 responses to “Crostino alla Romana

  1. Pingback: Week in Review: February 26, 2011 | 365clevercookbooks

  2. Pingback: Family Meals | MS. Simplicity

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s