How to Make Crostini – Jessica Gavin

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Crostini is a quick and easy appetizer with thin baguette slices lightly toasted until golden brown and crispy. Customize this fancy handheld snack to your liking with various toppings.

crostini on a platter with various toppings
Table of Contents
  1. What is crostini?
  2. Bread selection
  3. Fresh vs. stale bread
  4. Slicing
  5. Add seasoning
  6. Toasting the bread
  7. Dips and spreads to serve with
  8. Crostini topping suggestions
  9. FAQ
  10. Easy Crostini Recipe Recipe

Transform a crusty loaf of bread into a tasty appetizer. This easy crostini recipe uses toasted baguette slices, which are seasoned and baked until light and crisp. This method yields maximum texture contrast for crunchy bites.

The slices are sturdy enough to be topped for a versatile antipasto or used for dipping in your favorite spread. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and about 10 minutes to toast! Make a tray ahead of time to serve as a quick snack or hors d’oeuvres for a party. Check out my delicious serving options to wow your guests.

ingredients to make a crostini

What is crostini?

They are thinly sliced pieces of bread that are toasted or grilled to yield a crisp texture. These Italian-inspired antipasti are called “little toasts” as they are meant to be small, flavorful appetizers.

You typically brush them with olive oil before cooking, which boosts the taste and crispiness. I like to serve them on the side of dips and spreads or topped with cheese, vegetables, fruit, seafood, or other protein.

Bread selection

Use a baguette or crusty French bread that is slender in shape. You’ll need to cut larger loaves in half to make smaller pieces. The length should be about 2 1/2 to 3-inches and about 2-inches wide. Any larger and it becomes a meal like avocado toast, rather than a two to three bite appetizer. 

I find that the lighter loaves, instead of dense and chewy, yield crisp and brittle texture after toasting, similar to croutons but not completely dried out. It’s easier to eat, although if you enjoy more chew, go with artisan loaves.

Fresh vs. stale bread

You can use either a freshly baked loaf or one that’s a few days old—the staler the bread, the dryer, and easier to cut. Making crostini is a great way to use up old bread.

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