Easy Crostini

Crostini are the perfect party appetizer: load these little toasts with toppings of all kinds! Here’s how to make them at home: it’s quick and easy.

Crostini

Here’s a fantastic easy appetizer: crostini! Crostini means “little toasts” in Italian, and these toasts are perfect for parties! Load these crispy breads with toppings, or serve with dips, spreads or cheese. Alex and I make crostini often for parties, and we’ve been using this simple method for years. It’s time to share it! There are so many things you can do with a good crostini: this one takes only 10 minutes to bake and uses no oil. Here’s how to do it!

How to make crostini

Here’s the simple method we use to make crostini. You don’t even need to use oil! Bake them up in a hot oven and they’ll turn to crisp crackers in just 10 minutes. Once you’ve make this recipe once, commit it to memory! It’s one of those things that we now do without thinking about it.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Slice a baguette on the bias. Place the slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. No oil needed!
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. The exact timing will depend on the age of the baguette and thickness of the slices
Crostini

What kind of bread for crostini?

You can use any type of small bread, because you’ll want to get relatively small rounds for topping. The most standard way to make it is a French style baguette, which is what we recommend. You also can use ciabatta bread, or any small artisan style rolls. Try to use an artisan-style bread that has a crispy crust: stay away from soft or enriched breads: they won’t get as crispy.

Crostini topping ideas

Arguably the most popular way to serve crostini: with toppings as finger food! There are literally endless combinations you could use to top your crostini. Here are our top 10 ideas:

  1. Goat cheese, honey, and fresh mint. (Go to Goat Cheese Crostini recipe.)
  2. Cream cheese or labneh, smoked salmon, and dill.
  3. Fresh tomatoes, minced garlic, basil, & balsamic reduction (like a bruschetta)
  4. Caramelized onions and ricotta
  5. Pear slices, cheese and honey
  6. Ricotta and basil pesto
  7. Balsamic cherries and sage
  8. Whipped feta and herbs
  9. Brie and roasted cranberry sauce
  10. Classic tuna salad and chives
Goat cheese crostini

Best dips for crostini

Crostini are not just for topping: they’re for dipping too! These crusty breads are essentially fancy crackers. Serve them with your favorite dip for entertaining, or as a lunch idea. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Crostini

Variation: turn them into garlic toast!

Here’s a way to amp your crostini: make them into garlic toast! This garlic toast recipe uses a toasted baguette like this crostini, but adds olive oil, minced garlic, and dried garlic before toasting. It adds the best garlicky flavor! To get perfectly crisp toasts that are closer to crostini, use a little less oil than the recipe calls for.

If you make these crostini as garlic toasts, they’re great as a side for soup like Tomato Soup, or even with pasta like Fettuccine Alfredo.

Garlic toast

Can you make crostini ahead?

You can! You can make crostini up to 5 days in advance. Allow them to cool fully, then store them in a sealed container at room temperature until serving.

This crostini recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Crostini

Easy Crostini


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: About 20 toastes 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

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Crostini are the perfect party appetizer: load these little toasts with toppings of all kinds! Here’s how to make them at home: it’s quick and easy.


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the baguette into thin slices on the bias (diagonally). Place the slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden and crispy. Cool to room temperature: they’ll crisp up even more as they cool. If making in advance, store up to 5 days in a sealed container at room temperature. 

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: Crostini, How to make crostini

More favorite party appetizers

Crostini are what we serve most often when we’re entertaining. Throwing a party? Here are a few more appetizer recipes and finger food ideas we love:

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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