Crostini are one of the easiest and most versatile appetizers to make. It consists of small slices of grilled or toasted bread, typically topped with vegetables, meats, or cheeses. It is the perfect dish for hot days when you don’t want to be in the kitchen all day.
First, preheat your oven to 350°. Cut a baguette into ¼ inch thick slices and line them on a baking sheet. Brush both sides with extra virgin olive oil and season with fresh cracked salt and pepper. Bake, flipping the breads halfway through, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden. Let them cool and top with your favorite topping. Below are a few unique topping ideas.
Cilantro tomato bruschetta:
Dice tomatoes and cilantro together and mix with salt and pepper. Then, dice up your choice of any of our coarse cut pâtés (we recommend our Herb de Provence or our Wild Forest Mushroom). Mix the pâté with the tomato mixture and top the bread to serve.
Brie and Fig Crostini:
Slice brie and warm in pan for a few seconds until just before it melts. Top crostini with brie slices. Then a layer of Duck Rillette, which has been brought to room temperature. Top with freshly sliced figs or fig jam.
Pâté and Nectarine Tartine:
Pit and slice a nectarine, and warm in a small pan on high for 45-60 seconds on each side or until tender. Let the slices cool a bit. Spread crostini with Chicken Liver Mousse or top with thin slices of Grand Marnier Pâté. Place nectarines on top and serve.