The Best Easy Crostini

LAST UPDATED: Jul 09, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Dec 30, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

Crostini is so easy to make using fresh or even stale bread! They’re the perfect appetizer or accompaniment to cheese trays and can be topped with fruits, veggies, thinly sliced meat and herbs. The options are endless! Learn how to make crostini in minutes!

crostini slices on a white platter, dip in background

This crostini is my favorite way to use “old” bread that would otherwise go to waste. And let’s be honest, I don’t like to let bread go to waste!

However, you can also make crostini using fresh bread as well! It’s such a great way to serve a variety of dips, spreads and toppings for parties. Sometimes, we even call it a delicious dinner!

I love sharing my favorite appetizers and dips with you. Don’t miss my reader faves like my bacon cheddar cheese dip, marinara goat cheese bake, and this pear appetizer. I’ve got so many ways for you to enjoy this crostini recipe!

What is Crostini?

Crostini is Italian for “little toasts”. They are thin slices of toasted bread (or grilled), usually cut from a baguette and topped with olive oil. It is also the equivalent of a crouton for soups and salads, just thinner.

They are generally served as an appetizer, atlhough there are some versions that are certainly sweet enough to be considered a dessert course. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is!

crostini on a platter next to dip

Why You’ll Love this Easy Crostini

You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to whip this easy crostini recipe up! However, you’ll look and feel like Martha when you serve it! It’s true, because these are perfect for entertaining.

I sure felt like Martha when these featured in a Better Homes and Gardens summer entertaining article a few years ago. In fact, in my 11 years as an event planner, these were one of my favorites to serve because they’re universally loved, go with an array of items and were always gone at the end of the evening.

The make the prettiest accompaniment to any appetizer, and if you have any leftovers, there are a variety of ways you can use them throughout the week. They are the perfect addition to salads and soups!

In fact, you can make them in advance! Store them at room temperature in an airtight bag for up to one week. Top just before serving.

crostini brushed with olive oil on a white platter

Crostini Ingredients

  • Bread – Use whatever you have on hand!
  • Olive Oil – You can substitute canola oil or melted butter. You can even use an infused olive oil.
  • Herbs and Seasonings – Thick flakes of black pepper, sea salt, rosemary, thyme, the options are endless! Rub with garlic clove for added flavor.

Best Bread to Use

Truly any bread aside from sandwich bread will work! Use whatever you have on hand. I most frequently use take and bake bread – prepackaged bread you bake, then slice.

However, whatever bread you choose, this recipe yields delicious, crunchy Crostini every time!

  • baguette
  • ciabatta
  • french bread
  • artisan bread
  • bagels (also sliced)
  • take and bake bread
crostini on platter with dip in a white bowl

How to Make Crostini

  1. Prep – Preheat oven.
  2. Slice a baguette (or bread slices of your choosing) into thin slices at an angle.
  3. Line crostini on baking sheets.
  4. Using a pastry brush, coat with good quality olive oil.
  5. Optional: season with salt and pepper or herbs. I like to use thick flakes of sea salt.
  6. Broil 1 – 1 1/2 minutes until just toasted and crunchy.

Tools to Use

It’s so quick and easy to make and requires just a few kitchen basics including

Crostini slices on a gold sheet pan on top of a range.

Tips

Substitutions

  • Bread – baguette, ciabatta, french bread, artisan bread, bagels, take and bake bread
  • Olive Oil – Canola oil, melted butter, infused olive oil.
  • Herbs and Seasonings – Thick flakes of black pepper, sea salt, rosemary, thyme, the options are endless! Rub with garlic clove for added flavor.

How to Store Crostini

Crostini always taste best straight from the oven but keep really well for days!

Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to a week. If the air is humid, you can recrisp by broiling for just one minute. This makes your party prep so easy!

In fact, I often make crostini ahead of time and give it an extra little crisp under the broiler so it’s a touch warm when guests arrive. In short, what could be easier?

Crostini slices on a gold sheet pan on top of a range.

What’s The Difference Between Bruschetta And Crostini?

First of all, both are delicious. They certainly have a lot of similarities and are used in a similar way. Bruschetta is generally made with thick slices of rustic Italian bread or even sourdough.

On the other hand, crostini is made from a smaller bread (often, baguettes) in thin slices with a finer crumb. Consequently, this makes them perfect for spreads and dips of all kinds.

Crostini slices on a gold sheet pan on top of a range.

Serving Suggestions

Crostini pair well with an array of toppings. These are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy them!

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I hope you enjoy this easy Crostini recipe as much as we do! If you try this recipe, I’d love to know what you think and what you served it with!

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Crostini

Julie Blanner
Crostini are the perfect accompaniment to cheese trays and appetizers, can be enjoyed alone or topped with fruits and herbs.
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 57 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to broil.
  • Slice a baguette into thin slices at an angle.
  • Line crostini on a baking sheet.
  • Using a pastry brush, coat with olive oil.
  • Optional: add a fresh crack of sea salt, black pepper or herbs.
  • Broil 1 – 1 1/2 minutes until just toasted and crunchy.

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Notes

Substitutions

  • Bread – baguette, ciabatta, french bread, artisan bread, bagels, take and bake bread
  • Olive Oil – Canola oil, melted butter, infused olive oil.
  • Herbs and Seasonings – Thick flakes of black pepper, sea salt, rosemary, thyme, the options are endless! Rub with garlic clove for added flavor.

To Store

Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to a week. If the air is humid, you can recrisp by broiling for just one minute. This makes your party prep so easy! Crisp under the broiler so it’s a touch warm when guests arrive. 

Nutrition

Calories:57kcalCarbohydrates:7gProtein:1gFat:2gSodium:386mgPotassium:17mgCalcium:12mgIron:0.5mg
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