Skip the spendy store bought stuff, and learn make your own Crostini with bread, olive oil, and an oven. You won't believe how easy it is, and you can even freeze it ahead of your event. Grab this crostini recipe and get yourself in party mode!
I love to make crostini for ALL the things, like bruschetta, breakfast scoopers, soup dippers, and giant salad croutons.
If you buy it packaged, it can get expensive, especially for larger events. It's often pre-seasoned, too oily, and oversalted.
We can avoid all of this by making it ourselves. So, if you're planning to make bruschetta for an event, why not make your own crostini? You'll save money, use your favorite bakery bread, and it's at your fingertips when you need it.
How do you make crostini?
1. slice a baguette or any artisan loaf into ¼" thick slices, and slice a slight angle for longer pieces
2. lightly brush slices with extra virgin olive oil on both sides.
3. bake until crispy (see full recipe below for details)
4. allow to cool; store in airtight container until ready to use
How to use crostini:
- make bruschetta for a party
- scoop up this scrumptious Shakshuka breakfast
- perfect salad companion for my Lemony Kale Chickpea Avocado Salad
- serve with my Kale Chickpea Soup In A Hurry
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They have a list of beautiful ingredient toppers for crostini and 7 ways to use them. Grab that link...and shop their wines while you're at it. Excellent prices for outstanding product!
This is not sponsored btw, just spreading the love!
Can you make crostini ahead of time?
Yep! Just follow the recipe instructions to make crostini and store in airtight container up to 3 days at room temperature.
You may need to pop them into the oven to make the surface crispy again.
- baguette, ciabatta, or other artisan loaf
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt (optional)
Tools needed to make crostini:
Can you freeze crostini?
Yep, just slice the bread, oil both sides, and freeze them in ziploc bags until you need them.
When it's party time, pop the frozen slices into a preheated oven and bake until crispy.
Be sure to review the baking instructions for this recipe, and realize that you may need to add a few more minutes of baking time to it.
What kind of bread is used for bruschetta?
Bruschetta is an appetizer that uses crostini as a base for various toppings.
So, you simply make crostini and you have the base for any bruschetta appetizer.
Can I use non-stale bread to make crostini?
You can definitely use fresh-baked bread to make crostini any time, even for the freeze-and-bake method.
Crostini, however, will always be a great way to use up day old bread or baguettes.
What kind of bread do I use to make crostini?
I love using sandwich rolls and/or ciabatta from our local bakery to make crostini.
In fact, this is one of my hot tips for holiday entertaining, especially with gorgeous breads like these from our local French bakery. (yeah, we're simply spoiled here in wine country)
Looking for winter holiday recipes?
My Pomegranate Cranberry Relish is perfect served on top of warm, brie cheese.
You’ll love my Vegan Green Bean Casserole…and you really won’t believe it’s vegan!
For comfort food that’s only a little naughty, grab my recipe for Baked Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese.
And my Fall & Winter Sweet Potato Salad tastes like the fall season with every bite.
How To Make Crostini
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut BAGUETTE or bread loaf into ¼-inch thick slices.
- Arrange slices in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Lightly coat both sides of each crostini with OLIVE OIL or oil spray. Sprinkle with SEA SALT, if desired.
- Bake the crostini 10-14 minutes, rotating halfway through until toasted and golden brown on both sides.
- Allow toasted crostini to cool completely if using as bruschetta for cold toppings. Or serve warm as a meal accompaniment.
- To store, allow crostini to cool completely and store in an airtight container up to 5 days at room temperature or freeze up to 30 days.
Traci's Recipe Notes
I recommend a baguette for its compact size and shape. Other breads include deli rolls, ciabatta, French bread, or flavored bread such as cranberry walnut bread. Can I use fresh bread? Yes! Stale bread is not a requirement. In fact, fresh bread has a more delicate, crisp texture than stale bread once it's made into toasted crostini. Can I freeze crostini? Yes! You can freeze crostini, before or after it's baked, in an airtight container and freeze up to 90 days. If baked, allow to cool first. Can you make crostini ahead? Yes! You can bake ahead, allow to cool completely, and store in airtight container up to 5 days (or more!) at room temperature. How to serve crostini
Serve crostini warm or at room temperature in the following ways:
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