Indulge In {Crostinis}

I've always been a big fan of crostinis. I mean what's not to love? A slightly toasted bread round topped with any topping your heart could desire. From savory to sweet, the possibilities are endless. Most people commonly top a crostini with some sort of bruschetta, and while I do love that option there are so many more. Before I get to my favorite toppings, let's talk for a minute about why crostinis are so great. Not only are they versatile and simple, they can serve as a meal in and of themselves making them perfect for parties where no one really wants to use a fork or knife. When topped with various proteins, vegetables and cheeses you are essentially creating a single bite gourmet sandwich. Because of their simplicity, it's easy enough to make toppings to satisfy everyone's tastes too.

I served up my favorite combinations this weekend for a football gathering at the house and am sharing them with you today. While these toppings represent my tastes, feel free to adjust them in any way to fit yours. Have a tasty Thursday!

:: Crostini Ingredients & Directions ::
1 Baguette Sliced into Rounds
Olive Oil

1. Lay baguette slices onto baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until slightly toasted but still still soft on the inside.

:: Bruschetta Ingredients & Directions ::
1 Tomato from the Vine, diced
1 Clove Garlic, minced
3 Large Basil Leaves, sliced in ribbons
3 Tablespoons Shaved Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Drizzle Olive Oil
Drizzle Balsamic Vinegar

1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Toss to combine and serve atop crostini.

:: Roast Beef Arugula Feta Ingredients & Directions ::
Deli Roast Beef, sliced thin
1 Cup Arugula
1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
Drizzle Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Feta Cheese
Salt & Pepper to Taste

1. Combine arugula, lemon juice, olive oil, feta, salt and pepper in a bowl.
2. Top crostini with small piece of roast beef. Top with arugula mixture and serve.

:: Apple Brie Prosciutto Ingredients & Directions ::
1/4 Granny Smith Apple, sliced thin
Wedge of Brie, rind removed
Prosciutto, sliced thin

1. Top crostini with small piece of prosciutto. Add brie and apple slice and serve.

1 comment:

  1. yum! i will have to try your combos! my favorite one lately has been carmelized onions, feta cheese & ground black pepper!