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Ham-and-Greens Crostini

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 25 mins
Yield Makes 8 to 10 appetizer servings
Creamy and salty Ham-and-Greens Crostini takes its inspiration from a classic Southern dish. To make ahead, refrigerate cooked greens up to two days. The base is an easy French bread Crostini.


  • 4 ounces country ham, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large bunch fresh collard greens (about 1 1/2 lb.), washed, trimmed, and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half
  • 1 (8-oz.) goat cheese log, softened
  • Crostini

How to Make It

  1. Cook ham in 1 Tbsp. hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp. Remove from skillet using a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Reserve drippings in skillet. Add greens and remaining oil to hot drippings in skillet; cook, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes or until slightly wilted. Add butter and red pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, 45 seconds. Stir in ham. Add salt and pepper to taste; transfer to a bowl.

  2. Stir together half-and-half and goat cheese until smooth. Stir in half of greens mixture. Reserve remaining half of greens mixture.

  3. Spread about 1 Tbsp. goat cheese mixture onto each Crostini. Top each with 1 tsp. reserved greens mixture.

  4. Make-Ahead Tip: Refrigerate cooked greens up to 2 days.