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Here's how to make crostini with any bread for party appetizers! This easy recipe makes a deliciously golden, toasted bread base for bruschetta, dips, and other toppings.
What is Crostini?
Crostini is a lightly toasted bread, traditionally a baguette, with a satisfying flavor and crispy texture. It's popularly used as a versatile base for bruschetta and other toppings. It's also the perfect accompaniment to salads and soups.
Store-bought crostini can be costly, especially for big gatherings, and may have unwanted seasonings. When you make homemade crostini from your favorite baguette or artisan bread, you can tailor it to your taste and save money!
Ingredients you'll need
- Baguette - Or any artisan loaf, such as ciabatta and French loaf.
- Extra virgin olive oil - Or preferred oil.
- Salt - Optional, add to taste.
How to make this recipe
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the baguette or loaf into ¼-inch thick pieces. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and lightly brush olive oil over both sides.
Bake for 5-7 minutes, flip over, and bake an additional 5-7 minutes until the slices are toasted to your liking. The crostini are done when they achieve a golden brown surface with a lightly crispy interior.
Transfer the toasted bread off the baking sheet and cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
What is the best bread for crostini?
A French or sourdough baguette is popular, but any bakery loaf, be it Italian, sourdough, French, or ciabatta, works well. Cranberry walnut bread makes a great holiday mini toast.
Can I use stale bread?
I find that a fresh baguette or bakery loaf makes the best crostini because it makes a perfectly crispy toast, whereas stale bread makes it hard and crunchy. One or two-day-old bread is fine, but I don't recommend going much beyond that.
Can you make crostini ahead of time?
Yes! Follow the recipe instructions to make crostini up to 5 days ahead and store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Pop them in a toaster for a few minutes to crisp, if needed.
How to use crostini for bruschetta
Bruschetta is an appetizer that uses grilled or toasted baguette as a base for various toppings. This homemade crostini is ideal for that purpose as long as it's thick enough to handle the toppings, so aim for ¼-inch thick minimum and follow the recipe as it is written.
Can you freeze crostini?
Yes, follow the recipe up to the baking step. Then, pop the unbaked crostini into a freezer bag for up to 7 days. When you need them, follow the baking instructions, allowing a few extra minutes to achieve the best results.
- These make the perfect base for bruschetta, mouthwatering hot crab dip, burrata tomato salad, or smoked salmon dip.
- Add it to a charcuterie board for an elegant touch.
- Use it to scoop up tomatoey Shakshuka or zesty Lemon Kale Salad.
How To Make Crostini
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- 1 Baguette or preferred bread
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil or oil spray
- Sea Salt optional
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut the BAGUETTE into ¼-inch thick slices and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Lightly coat both sides of each bread slice with OLIVE OIL.
- Bake the crostini for 5 to 7 minutes, flip, and bake for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the crostini off the baking sheet.
- To store, cool completely and place in an airtight container up to 5 days at room temperature.
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A French or sourdough baguette is popular, but any bakery loaf, be it Italian, sourdough, French, or ciabatta, works well. Cranberry walnut bread makes a great holiday crostini. In general, the best bread can make the best crostini. Can you make crostini ahead of time? Yes! Follow the recipe instructions to make crostini up to 5 days ahead and store it in an at room temperature. If they lose their crispy texture, you can lightly toast them to crisp them up.