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Recipe Roundup: Creative Crostini

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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 CrostiniAvocado, 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 CrostiniChopped 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.
Fig, Gorgonzola and Arugula CrostiniFig, Gorgonzola and Arugula Crostini
Here, sweet figs are the perfect foil for rich and creamy Gorgonzola cheese, while arugula adds a peppery bite.
Toasts with Spicy Broccoli Rabe and Pecorino Toasts with Spicy Broccoli Rabe and Pecorino
These traditional appetizers are topped with bitter Italian greens and tangy cheese — a wonderful combination for fall.
Crostini with Herbed Chèvre and KumquatsCrostini with Herbed Chevre and Kumquats
This unusual combination of soft, tangy goat cheese and bright, juicy kumquats is a surprising but wonderful pairing.
Crostini with Black-Eyed Pea PureeCrostini 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 CrostiniWhite 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 CrostiniNectarine and Prosciutto CrostiniThis beautiful appetizer offers a wonderful contrast of flavors and textures — sweet nectarines and mildly salty prosciutto atop crunchy crostini.
Ricotta and Pea Crostini with Tarragon and Pink PeppercornsRicotta and Pea Crostini with Tarragon and Pink PeppercornsThis delicately flavored snack features an out-of-the-ordinary combination: sweet, mild peas, bright pink peppercorns and anise-scented tarragon with creamy ricotta.
Peppered Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Caramelized OnionsPeppered Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Caramelized OnionsThis hors d’oeuvre was made for a cocktail party — plus, you can roast the beef ahead so it’s ready to slice and serve.
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Recipe Roundup: Thanksgiving Appetizers

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Start your Thanksgiving feast off on a delicious note with small bites that feature the season’s best ingredients and flavors. Here are some of our favorite no-fuss nibbles — they’ll keep friends and family happy while they wait for the feast to begin. Pour a cocktail or a glass of wine, and get ready for the best meal of the year!

 

Candied Mixed Nuts with RosemaryCandied Mixed Nuts with Rosemary
Slightly sweet and slightly spicy, these nuts are easy to prepare, and they’re satisfying as a pre-dinner snack. You can toast them a few days in advance to get a head start.
Mushroom TurnoversMushroom Turnovers
A wonderful starter for a holiday gathering, these turnovers are filled with earthy cremini mushrooms, nutty Gruyère cheese and fresh herbs. Store-bought pastry dough and a convenient pastry press simplify prep.
Crostini with Black-Eyed Pea PureeCrostini with Black-Eyed Pea Puree
This recipe has been a staple at Blackberry Farm, our partners for our new Thanksgiving menu, for years. Creamy beans and roasted garlic top golden brown toasts for a wonderful mix of tastes and textures.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with St. AgurProsciutto-Wrapped Figs with St. Agur
These hors d’oeuvres are as simple to make as they are impressive to serve. Sweet dried figs are stuffed with a pungent blue cheese, wrapped in salty prosciutto, and baked until crisp (tip: you can assemble them a day ahead).
Roasted Fennel and Prosciutto Crostini with Cranberry-Citrus MarmaladeRoasted Fennel and Prosciutto Crostini with Cranberry-Citrus Marmalade
Fresh cranberries and satsumas make a bright, festive garnish for this crowd-pleasing starter. They’re festive for entertaining, with a wonderful depth of flavor.
Marinated OlivesMarinated Olives
Nothing could be easier than mixing up a dish of these flavorful olives, either for an antipasti platter or just a small bite to complement a glass of chilled white wine. A mix of olives — green, black or dry-cured — adds interest.
Persimmons Wrapped in Smoked HamPersimmons Wrapped in Smoked Ham
Here, crisp, sweet Fuyu persimmon wedges are wrapped in thinly sliced smoked ham and drizzled with intensely flavored reduced balsamic vinegar. It’s a fun play on the classic prosciutto-wrapped melon you see at summer gatherings.
Toasts with Spicy Broccoli Rabe and PecorinoToasts with Spicy Broccoli Rabe and Pecorino
These traditional appetizers are topped with bitter Italian greens, tangy cheese and chili for a kick — a wonderful combination for fall.
Warm Dates with Parmesan and WalnutsWarm Dates with Parmesan and Walnuts
Dense, sweet Medjool dates are delicious paired with salty Parmigiano-Reggiano and earthy, crunchy walnuts. For a twist, try pecorino or soft goat cheese instead.
Golden Beets with Smoked Trout and DillGolden Beets with Smoked Trout and Dill
Perfect for an elegant party, these bites layer cream cheese, smoked trout and roasted beets on water crackers.
Crostini with Humboldt Fog and Pear ChutneyCrostini with Humboldt Fog and Pear Chutney

Humboldt Fog, a subtly tangy California goats’-milk cheese, is the perfect counterpoint to a mildly sweet chutney made from fresh pears. The chutney can be prepared a few days in advance and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the crostini.

 

Prosciutto-Wrapped GrissiniProsciutto-Wrapped Grissini
In this recipe from Nigella Lawson, rustic Italian breadsticks are wrapped in savory prosciutto — and those are the only two ingredients you need. Think of this as a blueprint for the perfect, no-cook pre-dinner or party nibble.
Caramelized Onion and Apple Tarts with Gruyere and ThymeCaramelized Onion and Apple Tarts with Gruyere and Thyme
This simple, pretty and delicious appetizer combines caramelized onions, apples and grated Gruyère cheese