Ingredients

8 slices firm, crusty bread, about 3 x 4 inches each
8 thin slices prosciutto, (about 1/4 pound)
1 Fuji apple, cored and very thinly sliced
1/4 cup goat cheese, softened at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves, or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

1. Preheat broiler. In a small bowl combine cheese, thyme and black pepper; set aside. Place bread on baking sheet; broil, about 6 inches from heat, until lightly toasted. Loosely pleat prosciutto onto bread. Cut each piece of bread in half and arrange apple slices, then cheese mixture, over prosciutto.
2. Place bruschetta on baking sheet. Broil until cheese softens slightly. Serve as a first course or pass as an hors d'oeuvre.

Because Fuji apples store so well, this Italian-style appetizer is a year-round favorite.

Apple, Goat Cheese & Prosciutto Bruschetta
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