Crostini are the perfect solution for easy entertaining. These classic Italian hors d’oeuvres start with thin slices of toasted baguettes, brushed with olive oil and toasted until golden. From there, they can be topped with almost any ingredients you like, from fruit and cheese to sauteed seasonal vegetables. Here are some of our favorite ideas below; try them as is, then get creative with your own favorite combinations.
Avocado, Basil and Tomato Crostini
Try this delicious twist on the classic tomato and basil crostini—the toasts are first spread with mashed avocado, which lends a rich, creamy texture.
Chopped Chicken Liver Crostini
This recipe from Chef Taylor Boetticher makes use of the livers that are often sold with whole chickens. Serve them as part of an antipasto assortment or alongside a green salad.
Crostini with Black-Eyed Pea Puree
This recipe has been a staple at Tennessee resort Blackberry Farm for years. With creamy shell beans, roasted garlic and fresh herbs, these crostini are simple but elegant.
White Bean and Arugula Crostini
Topped with cannellini beans, sauteed vegetables and baby arugula leaves, these rustic toasts are easy to assemble. Drizzle with good-quality olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt before serving.
Nectarine and Prosciutto CrostiniThis beautiful appetizer offers a wonderful contrast of flavors and textures — sweet nectarines and mildly salty prosciutto atop crunchy crostini.