Chef Kelli's Easy Holiday Crostini's Crostini's are wonderful easy, colorful and a fabulous, so keep it simple to get your holiday snack on and feed a houseful!
The Crostini 411: a baguette is sliced, brushed with olive oil (and garlic if you wish) then lightly toasted in the oven or on the grill. When the bread is lightly toasted, top with a mixture of your choice there are a many variations you can try (such as different cheeses, breads and seasonings). You'll find oodles of ideas below.
Step One Pick a couple of different baguette flavors; sour dough, multigrain, country French etc. You can certainly use sliced sandwich style breads but you may want to use a round cutter or cut into triangles to achieve a bite size snack. Lightly toss sliced breads in a little olive oil and season with sea salt, black pepper and chopped herbs if desired. Toast at 350 for around 8 minutes until toasted but still a little soft to touch in center, remove from baking tray.
Step Two Pick a few bruschetta style toppings -Pesto with a sprinkle of parmesan -White bean and red pepper or traditional hummus perhaps with a sprinkle of tabbouleh -Roasted pear slices with brie cheese and a drizzle of honey - Fresh sage, buffalo mozzarella and a thin slice of prosciutto with a drizzle of olive oil or brown butter -Goat cheese smear with fig jam - Pate of your choice with a smear of whole grain or Dijon mustard -Traditional tomato bruschetta with garlic and basil. -Chopped olive salad -Goat cheese with wild mushroom salad -Gorgonzola mixed with a little cream cheese or mascarpone, raisins and arugula -Grilled vegetables with sun dried tomato goat cheese smear -Tuna with lemon, capers and spicy mayo -Ricotta, orange & chocolate -Fresh Mozzarella with chopped tomato salad Step Three Arrange your chosen variety on festive platters, garnish with fresh herbs and ENJOY a hassle free snappy appetizer spread!!!