It’s amazing what an experience the right combination of ingredients on something as simple as toast can create!
When it comes to entertaining, crostini are a fancy yet fun appetizer. You can keep things basic, like a simple bruschetta, or get gourmet with a tactical combo of spreads, toppings and drizzles that create an experience of tastes and textures. With no shortage of holiday and New Year celebrations upon us, “wow” your guests with any of these gorgeous crostini combos!
To make the toast used for crostini is easy – simply toast slices of baguette or italian bread in the oven. Bake at 350º F for 10 minutes. Optional: Brush toasts with oil and season with salt and pepper.
As you’ll see on this list, goat cheese and ricotta are top spread contenders when it comes to crostini, but there really is no limit to what you use. Any dip, salsa or paste can be used, with tomato bruschetta being the go-to for many chefs. Really any combination of spreadable-something can be paired with any small/chopped ingredients. From guacamole and shrimp to mashed sweet potato and toasted marshmallows, the options are endless!
Cool Crostini Combos!
Warm cinnamon pears give a pie-like sweetness to accompany mild, melted brie. While on the sweeter side, this appetizer falls right into the “warm you from the inside out” category of foods we love in fall and winter. Topped with walnuts that add just the right amount of texture, you can have these crostini ready in under 30 minutes for any cozy gathering.
The spicy kalamata olives are the real MVPs of this crostini. Made by combining the olives with olive oil, red pepper flakes, lemon juice and parsley, it’s an easy mixture that packs mega flavor. Creating the perfect culinary contrast by pairing the spicy olives with a bright lemon ricotta, this is one crostini combo that’s sure to impress even the most trendy foodie guests.
Strong goat cheese does excellently with anything sweet, but blueberries in particular are a match made in foodie heaven. While fresh blueberries in the raw would be fine too, this recipe takes things up a notch by bringing blueberries, water, honey and some salt and pepper to a boil. This transforms them into a tender, sweet-savory marmalade of sorts that is great on top of the sharp, creamy goat cheese. Garnished with a little thyme and a drizzle of honey for good measure, we could see these being a big hit at a brunch!
As one of the most famous crostini toppings out there, tomato bruschetta is always a hit. This recipe takes bruschetta to new heights however by combining it with shrimp sautéed in garlic butter, cream cheese, pesto, and pine nuts. There is a lot going on in this toast, but thats precisely why we love it – it’s a heartier crostini that will satisfy as more of an appetizer than a finger food.
In a creative change of pace, this recipe blends a test mix of ingredients together to give that creamy base we love so much on crostini. This creamy, gooey and totally-tasty toast blend is caramelized onions and artichoke hearts with cream cheese, Greek yogurt, mayo, mozzarella and parmesan cheese together, then broiled on top of baguette slices until melted and slightly browned. Garnished with chopped parsley, these crostini are perfect for a chilly night-in!
Made with an enticing combo of deli roast beef with sour cream, blue cheese and horseradish, you can bet these are little crunchy-creamy-hearty bites of satisfaction! Combined with the fact that the recipe is beyond easy – just mix sour cream, chives and horseradish then assemble – we could see these crostini doing well just about any function.
You can’t go wrong with tomato, mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar, but these crostini are also sporting a delicious layer of Sabra Roasted Red Pepper hummus! Not only does this add a whole new depth of flavor to the classic caprese, but the roasted red pepper is actually an authentic accompaniment to traditional caprese in Italy. Assembly of this tasty recipe is extra-simple thanks to Sabra! Now that’s an Italian-App go-to!
Wonderfully seasonal due to the roasted butternut squash and apples, this recipe is begging to be featured at your next holiday shindig! Requiring a little extra love than other crostini, you’ll need to roast your cinnamon-chili powder-coated butternut squash and apples for 25-30 minutes. These tender, rich veggies are paired with a goat cheese-rosemary mix with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. There’s sweet, there’s savory, there’s warmth and there’s brightness – a real flavor-town!
While this recipe does say “grilled” pepper, roasted pepper will do just fine! What we really love about this recipe is the sweet-smoky peppers with salty prosciutto and the bright, powerful goat cheese. Topped with just a dash of oregano, this fancy finger-food would do excellent at a New Years Eve gala. Tip: Save time on this recipe by buying store-bought roasted peppers.
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December 3, 2019