In America, they’re known as toast. In Italy, they’re named bruschetta or crostini. In Spain, they are montaditos. In France, croutons. Whatever they are called, toasted crunchy slices of bread are one of the world’s most beloved (and easy) appetizer options. At a recent bridal shower, I learned that crostini also make a great entree at a dinner party.
To start, the hostess set out small bowls of crudités, hummus, olives, nuts, and grapes. At the table she passed two huge green salads and several platters full of delectable crostini. The menu was casual, but delicious, and also promoted chatter between the all-female crowd as everyone sampled the assortment of crostini.
This idea can easily be recreated at home. Start by making classic crostini, but use a full loaf of sourdough or French bread instead of a baguette. Top the toast with cheese or vegetables or whatever you want, a bunch of topping ideas are below, and slice into three pieces. Arrange on a serving platter, pass around the table, and enjoy!
Crostini Topping Ideas:
Chopped tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and parmesan cheese.
Cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, and red onion.
Pesto, goat cheese, and salami.
Ricotta cheese, roasted red peppers, and sliced black olives.
Mashed avocado, crispy prosciutto, and shaved manchego.
Marinated artichoke hearts with sun-dried tomatoes.
Asparagus spears with cream cheese and basil.
Crumbled gorgonzola and honey.
Burrata cheese, sliced figs, and prosciutto.
Mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, and basil.
Mustard, ham slices, and gruyere.
Sautéed mushrooms, shaved parmesan, and thyme.
Sautéed kale and parmesan.
Mashed white beans and roasted garlic.
Caramelized onions and shaved gruyere.
Be creative: the possibilities are virtually endless!