What do I mean when I say, do you crostini?
What I mean to say is, do you embrace crostinis into your world of snacking? Are crostinis one of your go to appetizers when you need something quick and tasty? IS the crostini on your go to list when you need to create an impressive yet simple appetizer? If not, it should be. I love appetizers and I especially love them if they're delicious and easy to make. One definition of crostini is, small pieces of toasted or fried bread served with a topping as an appetizer or canapé. That's what make them so wonderful. Can you tell I'm a fan? Crostinis are a wonderful two to three bite piece of toasted baguette with a variety of sweet or savory toppings. They're easy to make and the toppings are only limited by the flavors you choose and the ingredients you have available.
For people that love appetizers they can be a wonderful few of bites of deliciousness using your favorite ingredients as toppings. I could definitely eat several of them over a main course. It's nice to have a few simple go to recipes to turn to especially around the holiday season and this one is perfect to use. You can make a delicious crostini pretty quickly and often with ingredients you already have. Usually I have to buy the baguette and then I like the challenge of creating some toppings with ingredients I already have. Last week, I made the four crostinis pictured above. Most of the ingredients except for the smoked salmon were things that I already had at home.
The four crostinis pictured above are:
smoked salmon with whipped cream cheese, scallions and capers
roasted grapes over goat cheese with honey drizzle
roasted mushrooms with balsamic glaze and crispy shallots
roast beef over cream cheese with horseradish cream and scallions
To make the crostini thinly slice a baguette into about 1/4 thick slices, then brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and toast until golden brown.
The possibilities of what to put on top are endless....
Toppings can be as simple as avocado slices drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper
or your favorite roasted vegetable with a balsamic drizzle and sprinkled with some fresh parmesan cheese.
Jam or chutney often works well with a soft cheese like brie or goat cheese.
To make the roasted grape crostini, I roasted grapes with thyme leaves and drizzled with olive oil on a sheet tray for 30 minutes. After they cooled, I put them on top of a crostini bread spread with goat cheese and finished it with a drizzle of honey.
I also made a roast beef crostini using sliced Italian deli roast beef and a horseradish dijon sauce I drizzled on top. The sauce was made with 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon of prepared horseradish, 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard, & a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I finished it with a sprinkle of chopped scallions.
On the top left of the photo, the smoked salmon crostini was created with my favorite maple smoked salmon from Whole Foods, cream cheese spread on the crostini bread, and chopped scallions and capers sprinkled on top.