Prosciutto & Fig Mascarpone Baguettes With Balsamic

It was 90 and sunny yesterday, but 50 and rainy today? How does that happen!? Instead of going for a walk this morning, I sat inside drinking coffee and cleaning out my computer’s photo albums. As I was going through older folders, I found one with a recipe that I forgot to post last spring. I wasn’t going to blog this weekend, but it only made sense to post a quick recipe since I’ll be stuck inside for the rest of this rainy day.
When I was in D.C. last spring, we went to one of my favorite spots for dinner, Founding Farmers. We ordered “table farm bread” as an appetizer (Picture of restaurantย starter is above.) The toasted bread was topped with prosciutto, figs, mascarpone and balsamic. The combination was so delicious and I wanted to recreate it when I got home. It was such an easy appetizer to make and it would be great for a last-minute party snack.ย 
All you need: French Baguette, Mascarpone, Prosciutto, Figs, and Balsamic. I actually mixed fig balsamic with regular balsamic, but that is optional.

Slice the baguettes into squares. Place the squares on a baking sheet and bake for ten minutes at 300 degrees.

Spread the mascarpone over the baguette, and top with prosciutto, fig slices, and a drizzle of balsamic.


So quick and tasty for parties. These are so good with red wine ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another one of my favorite last minute party starters are these smoked salmon baguettes with lemon garlic cream cheese! You can find the recipe here!

Questions for you!

What is your favorite last-minute party snack?
Prosciutto or Smoked Salmon?


  • Hannah

    These were a hit at my graduation!

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  • Anonymous

    Made these! So good. I used cream cheese instead of marscarpone.

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  • Leigh

    Hi Taralynn,

    I love this post especially and I can’t wait to try this! I am so in love with all of the pictures you post and how colorful everything is! That pop of color always puts a smile on my face! I should tell you that you inspired me years ago to start blogging – I struggled with finding my “niche” in the blogging world for awhile but I’ve finally found my way and I’ve had a very successful year! Thanks for always being positive, colorful, and inspiring!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    What’s the difference between cream cheese and mascarpone??

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      American cream cheese is made of milk and cream. Mascarpone is an Italian cream cheese. Mascarpone has a mild flavor, it’s lighter and sometimes almost tasteless.

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  • Gabrielle

    My last minute snack / app is queso and chips. Its so easy to put into the crockpot and get on the road to the party. But I love this idea and will have to do this at the next party! Thanks so much! I think I would do the Prosciutto but love salmon!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much! This past weekend I made the Cinnamon Honey Snack mix and wow, it is so good. Its hard to stop eating haha. Thanks again! Love it!

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  • Liz

    These look delicious!

    xo, Liz

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  • Jenn

    These look INSANELY good! Typically when I throw parties, I class things up with some frozen chicken nuggets and dipping sauces ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve actually never had smoked salmon, but I love prosciutto! I added it to my homemade pasta sauce and it gave it a really awesome extra flavor!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Thanks for the recipe, Taralynn! These look really good and make for great tiny bites!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  • Juliette | Namastay Traveling

    Love the salty sweet combo! And these look beautiful to serve too. Yum!

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  • Sara

    I get those every time we eat at Founding Farmers! I will have to try your recipe.

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  • Carly

    These look SO good! I’m so glad you posted it! Adding to my inspiration for my grocery shopping tomorrow!

    My favorite last minute party appetizer is either chips, salsa, and guac or a cheese and cracker platter depending on the party! I also love orange chicken from Costco… cook it up and stick them with tooth picks and it’s a great store warm starter!

    I usually always go for smoked salmon because sometimes prosciutto gets to be too salty for me!

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  • Rebecca

    I love using baguettes to make caprese bites! Just put a slice of tomato& fresh mozzarella& a basil leaf on the toasted bread and drizzle with balsamic! So delish! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Dana

    I live near an Asian market that sells Masago (California Roll caviar), so I buy some of that, and put it on cucumber slices with some sour cream.

    I love both, so I can’t pick!

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  • Emily

    The restaurant version looks like balsamic reduction instead of balsamic vinegar. The reduction has a more intense flavor and isn’t as drippy. Totally giving this a try! It looks awesome!

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  • Carrie this fit chick

    These are incredible combos. I freakin’ love died figs with balsamic! I hardly ever eat smoked salmon since it’s pricey, but it’s such a treat. If I had to choose, I would go with salmon, but can’t go wrong with prosciutto!

    My favorite last minute party snack are probably stuffed mushrooms!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Carrie!!

      Kyle LOVES figs too. I made him slice all of them over again because he kept eating them lol

      I agree, but it all depends on what you’re making!

      I can’t do mushrooms, but I sometimes make the stuffed mushrooms for my family!

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