8 Easy Crostini Recipes

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These 8 easy crostini recipes are guaranteed to be a hit at your next party! They include a variety of flavorful toppings, like goat cheese, brie, pesto & more!

These delicious little appetizers are made in just 15 minutes. They look gorgeous served on a platter at a dinner party or get-together!

Crostini's with a variety of toppings on marble cutting board

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Entertaining doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be simple and still beautiful, delicious and impressive! These crostini recipes are a perfect example of just that. Gorgeous, fresh ingredients turned into delicious little bites of goodness!

You can make all 8 varieties to give your guests several crostini’s to try.  Or you can pick 3 or 4 of your favorites. Each of the crostini recipes feature Primo Taglio® meats or cheeses,  found exclusively in my area at Vons and Albertsons stores.

These premium hand trimmed meats and naturally aged cheeses contain no artificial flavors or colors. They’re made with the finest ingredients using old world recipes for a delicious flavor, perfect for entertaining and impressing guests!

Overhead shot of crostini recipe ingredients

What You’ll Need to Make Crostini 8 Ways

  • The Base
    • Baguette
    • Olive Oil
  • Meats & Cheeses
    • Primo Taglio Mozzarella Cheese
    • Primo Taglio Brie Cheese
    • Primo Taglio Plain Goat Cheese
    • Primo Taglio Feta Cheese Crumbles
    • Primo Taglio Prosciutto
    • Primo Taglio Italian Salame
  • Toppings
    • Hummus
    • Sun Dried Tomatoes
    • Dried Oregano
    • Cherry Tomatoes
    • Fresh basil
    • Balsamic glaze
    • Pistachios
    • Honey
    • Basil pesto
    • Figs
    • Truffle oil
    • Blackberries
    • Jalapenos
    • Hot pepper jam
    • Crushed red pepper flakes
    • Dates
    • Maple syrup

How to make Crostini

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice a baguette into ½ inch pieces and arrange in an even layer on a baking sheet. Brush each piece of bread with olive oil. Place in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until the bread is lightly brown around the edges and crispy.

Add the toppings of your choice to each crostini. I made crostini 8 ways, featuring the following combination of toppings.

  1. Hummus + Feta Cheese Crumbles + Sun Dried Tomatoes + Drizzle Olive Oil + Dried Oregano
  2. Mozzarella Cheese + Prosciutto + Sliced Cherry Tomatoes + Chopped Fresh Basil + Balsamic Glaze
  3. Brie + Prosciutto + Chopped Pistachios + Honey Drizzle
  4. Plain Goat Cheese + Salame + Sliced Figs + Truffle Oil
  5. Plain Goat Cheese + Jalapeno Slice + Blackberry + Honey Drizzle
  6. Brie + Hot Pepper Jam
  7. Sliced Mozzarella + Basil Pesto + Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  8. Goat Cheese + Chopped Dates + Chopped Pistachios + Maple Syrup Drizzle

Overhead shot of crostini with different toppings on wood cutting board

What is the difference between a crostini and bruschetta?

Crostini are made from small thin slices of toasted bread, usually made with a baguette. Bruschetta is made by toasting larger thick slices of bread, such as a loaf of sourdough or rustic Italian bread.

Both Italian appetizers are topped with a variety of toppings. Most commonly bruschetta is topped with a combination of tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil.

How far in advance can you make crostini?

The bread can be toasted a few hours in advance of serving. I would not recommend adding the toppings until 10-15 minutes before serving. This way, the bread won’t get soggy from the toppings.

If you are planning a party where guests will be arriving at different times, you can always make a crostini bar. Place all of the toppings in ramekins or small bowls, alongside the toasted bread slices. Print a menu of suggested topping ideas from the list above and place it on the bar.

Guests will then be able to make the crostini of their choice from the menu or make up their own combination. This prevents the crostini from loosing it’s texture while waiting for guests to arrive.

This also prevents waste. Any crostini that’s already been topped cannot be served more than an hour after the toppings have been added. After an hour or so, the toppings will make the bread soggy. If you allow guests to make their own crostini, any leftover ingredients can be stored to make more crostini later.

Can you grill crostini?

Yes, you can grill crostini. If hosting a bbq with the grill already fired up, place the slices of bread on the grill instead of in the oven. Grill the bread for 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and add the toppings of your choice.

Should you serve crostini cold?

Yes, crostini are meant to be served cold or at room temperature. The bread might be slightly warm if preparing the crostini as soon as the bread comes out of the oven. This is fine, but the toppings are meant to be served cold.

If you’d like a warm appetizer, you can always toast the bread topped with brie or mozzarella cheese. This will allow the cheese to melt on the toasted bread before adding the additional toppings.

Crostini on marble serving tray with variety of toppings

I picked up the Primo Taglio products to make this Crostini 8 Ways at my local Vons store in San Diego. You can find these products exclusively in Albertsons family of stores. These stores include ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Pavilions, Randalls, Safeway, Shaw’s, Star Market and Tom Thumb.

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Crostini on marble and gold serving tray

For more easy entertaining ideas featuring Primo Taglio Meats & Cheeses, check out these delicious appetizer recipes!

Crostini with various toppings on marble and gold cutting board
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Crostini 8 Ways

These 8 easy crostini recipes include a variety of flavorful toppings, including meats, cheeses & sauces! They're guaranteed to be a hit at your next party!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 32 crostini
Calories 116 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

Crostini

  • 1 baguette sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Toppings

  • garlic hummus
  • sun dried tomatoes julienned
  • Primo Taglio Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • olive oil
  • dried oregano
  • Primo Taglio Mozzarella Cheese sliced
  • Primo Taglio Prosciutto
  • cherry tomatoes sliced
  • fresh basil chopped
  • balsamic glaze
  • Primo Taglio Brie Cheese
  • pistachios shelled & chopped
  • honey
  • Primo Taglio Plain Goat Cheese
  • dates chopped
  • maple syrup
  • Primo Taglio Italian Salame
  • dried figs
  • truffle oil
  • jalapeno sliced
  • blackberries
  • hot pepper jam
  • basil pesto
  • crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

Crostini

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the sliced baguette pieces in an even layer on a baking sheet.

  3. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil.

  4. Place in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly brown and crispy.

Hummus and Sun Dried Tomato Crostini

  1. Spread the hummus on the crostini.

  2. Top with sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese crumbles, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of dried oregano.

Prosciutto Caprese Crostini

  1. Place a slice of mozzarella cheese on the crostini.

  2. Top with a piece of sliced prosciutto, sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Brie Prosciutto Crostini

  1. Place a slice of brie cheese on the crostini.

  2. Top with a piece of sliced prosciutto, chopped pistachios and a drizzle of honey.

Goat Cheese Date Crostini

  1. Spread goat cheese on a crostini.

  2. Top with chopped dates, chopped pistachios & a drizzle of maple syrup.

Salame Fig Crostini

  1. Spread goat cheese on a crostini.

  2. Top with a slice of salame, sliced figs and 2-3 drops of truffle oil.

Jalapeno Blackberry Crostini

  1. Spread goat cheese on a crostini.

  2. Top with a fresh sliced jalapeno, blackberry and drizzle of honey.

Hot Pepper Jam Brie Crostini

  1. Place a piece of brie on a crostini.

  2. Top with hot pepper jam.

Pesto Mozzarella Crostini

  1. Place a slice of mozzarella cheese on a crostini.

  2. Top with basil pesto and crushed red pepper flakes.

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information provided will vary based on the toppings added to the crostini.
  • Do not top the crostini more than 1 hour in advance or the bread will become soggy.
  • The bread for the crostini can be grilled instead of toasted in the oven. To grill the bread, place it on a grill heated to medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side.