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    How to Make Crostini

    Published December 27, 2022. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Learn how to make these delicious toasted and seasoned crostini to perfection for all your appetizer recipes. You will never buy these from the store again once you see how easy they are to prepare.

    We are a huge bread-eating family and love trying out new recipes. If you are looking for more tasty bread recipes, try my Zucchini Bread or Homemade Bagel Recipe.

    slices of crotini

    Crostini  

    Crostini means little toast in Italian and consists of small thin, sliced toasted bread. They are usually brushed with olive oil or butter and are served as the bottom to a canape which includes a savory topping such as cheese, shrimp, pâte, or other proteins. Crostini can also refer to a crouton used in soups or salads.   

    In addition to using it as part of a specific appetizer recipe, it is also used as a dipper for spreadable appetizers or dips. We would often serve them as an accompaniment to dishes such as smoked salmon.                                                                                    

    Ingredients

    ingredients to make crostini
    • Bread – The best bread to use for this is a baguette. However, you can use any bread for this.
    • Fat – You can use either melted unsalted butter or olive oil.
    • Seasoning – I only use salt and pepper for this.

    How to Make Crostini from Scratch

    Slice the bread on a bias about a 1/2” inch thick.

    slicing bread

    Place the bread slices on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. If you have a lot of slices, you may need 2 sheet trays. Evenly brush the melted butter or olive oil onto each bread slice.

    brushing sliced bread with melted butter

    Season them with salt and pepper.

    seasoning sliced bread

    Bake in the oven at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned around the edges and firm in the center, like a crust. Cool and serve.

    baked crostini

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 2 days ahead of time.

    How to Store: Cover and keep at room temperature for up to 5 days.  Cover and refrigerate for up to 7 days.  These do not freeze well.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    Chef Notes + Tips

    • You can eat this as soon as they are done baking.
    • Slicing on a bias means cutting it at a slight angle.
    • You can enhance the flavor of these crostini by evenly sprinkling on 1 tablespoon of garlic granules, 1 tablespoon of onion granules, 1 tablespoon of dry thyme, or a combination.

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    How to Make Crostini

    Learn how to make these delicious toasted and seasoned crostini to perfection for all your appetizer recipes.
    Servings: 20
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 1 baguette, thinly sliced on a bias
    • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or olive oil
    • sea salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 375°.
    • Slice the bread on a bias about a 1/2” inch thick.
    • Place the bread slices on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. If you have a lot of slices, you may need 2 sheet trays.
    • Evenly brush the melted butter or olive oil onto each bread slice.
    • Season them with salt and pepper.
    • Bake in the oven at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned around the edges and firm in the center, like a crust.
    • Cool and serve.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 2 days ahead of time.
    How to Store: Cover and keep at room temperature for up to 5 days.  Cover and refrigerate for up to 7 days.  These do not freeze well.
    You can eat this as soon as they are done baking.
    Slicing on a bias means cutting it at a slight angle.
    You can enhance the flavor of these crostini by evenly sprinkling on 1 tablespoon of garlic granules, 1 tablespoon of onion granules, 1 tablespoon of dry thyme, or a combination.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 78mgPotassium: 16mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 70IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.4mg
    Course: Appetizer, bread
    Cuisine: American, French, Italian