bread / Savory

Crostinis for Dummies

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Crostinis, meaning “little toasts” in Italian, simply consist of thin slices of toasted bread and toppings such as meat, cheese, or vegetables. They are perfect as a pre-meal appetizer, a savoury item at tea, or as a party snack accompanied with wine. In fact, if you have a small appetite like me, they can even be lunch… which was exactly what became of the crostinis in the picture above. 😉

A lot of people I meet like to tell me that they don’t, or can’t, cook. Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to be a chef to prepare good-looking and delicious food. The great thing about these puppies is that they require zero culinary skill. All you need is a baguette and some creativity and you’re on your way to creating your very own gourmet crostinis. Just don’t tell the Italians I’m using French bread!

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You can either use store-bought baguettes or if you like the challenge, make them yourselves with this recipe.

Crostini base

French baguette
Olive oil

1. Slice bread at an angle into 1 cm slices and then lay them out on a tray.

2. Brush olive oil on the top and toast in a 325 F/160 C oven for 5-10 minutes.

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Some crostini-purists rub a clove of garlic on the surface of the bread too. I don’t cos it’s more work and I find it pretty darn tasty even without it

Fresh Caprese Crostini
We just got a new pot of fresh basil and I wanted to use it, so tomatoes and fresh mozz came to mind naturally!

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Tomatoes (organic preferably)
Fresh mozzarella cheese
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Fresh basil

1. Slice tomatoes and mozzarella into 1/2 cm thick slices. Arrange on top of the toast.

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Not to be confused with the stuff used on pizzas, this is fresh mozzarella cheese that tastes sweet, mild, and nutty.

2. Make a balsamic vinaigrette: Place equal parts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar into a container and shake it vigorously to combine. Drizzle over tomato.

3. Finish with a sprig of fresh basil and some cracked black pepper (to taste)

Turkey and Brie Crostini
Why? Brie was on sale, period.

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Turkey ham
Brie cheese
Dried cranberries

1. Slice brie into 1/2 cm wide pieces. Place turkey ham on crostini and a slice of brie cheese on top.

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Use a sharp knife to cut lengthwise along one side, and then cut into shorter pieces

2. Finish with a couple dried cranberries and some cracked black pepper (to taste)


Crostinis are so simple to make that I guarantee this will not be the last time I’ll be posting them. I’ll be back with more crostini topping recipes to inspire you soon! Meanwhile, if you have any favourite toppings or fancy ideas, feel free to share them below. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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