This is a fast food kids favourite suggested by an Italian single mum who lives in Rome. I interviewed her once about the dilemmas facing Italian working mums, including the pressure to spend huge amounts of time in the kitchen. She certainly doesn’t bow to that expectation, hence her speedy crostini, ready in under 15 minutes. All you need are the ingredients for a basic ham and mozzarella sandwich, plus an egg, whack the oven on and you’re laughing. For a more grown-up twist, replace cooked ham with saltier parma ham or some finely chopped anchovy fillets, cut the cooked crostini into small bitesize squares and nibble with a glass of wine, or two depending on how your day has been.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1/4 cup of milk
4 slices of bread
125g mozzarella (not buffalo) cut into small pieces
50g ham, cooked or parma ham
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a small ceramic baking dish (big enough to lay out 2 slices of bread) and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Flour will do if you don’t have any to hand.
2. In a bowl whisk together the egg and milk. Dip in the slices of bread one at a time, but don’t soak them. Place 2 slices on the base of the dish. Then add a layer of mozzarella and a layer of ham followed by the remaining egg dipped bread. Dot the top with butter, sprinkle with breadcrumbs, add a bit of grated cheese too if you like and pop in the oven for 18-20 minutes, until golden on top. Cut into squares and serve.