Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:00 PM
 
Easy to make and full of different flavors, crostini are the perfect appetizer to serve at any party. Create a colorful plate filled with different crostini loaded with ingredients such as apricot chutney, crumbled bacon, roasted red peppers, prosciutto and fresh sage. Your party guests will be lined up for every last bite!

Everyone loves a good crostini to bite into. The best part about crostini cracker appetizers is that you can use just about anything for the topping. Variety is the spice of life!

Using a fresh baguette to create garlic rubbed crostini crackers adds freshness and flavor. Homemade crostini crackers are so much better than store-bought crackers and are oh-so-easy to make. So grab a baguette, some different cheeses and meats and let's create four different delicious crostini!

Crostini ingredients

Homemade crostini crackers

Makes 25

Ingredients:

  • 1 rustic baguette
  • Olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Slice the rustic baguette at an angle into 1/2-inch slices. Lightly brush the olive oil on both sides of the baguette slices.
  3. Bake in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from the oven and rub the cut garlic over the surface of the crostini. Be careful not to burn yourself!
  4. Set aside to cool.

Now let's create some crostini appetizers! Make as many as you would like of each type!

Brie and apricot chutney crostini

Brie and apricot chutney crostini

Ingredients:

  • Homemade crostini
  • Mini spreadable brie wedges
  • Apricot chutney or preserves
  • Chopped Valdosta pecans with sweet cranberries, black pepper and orange zest (can be substituted with chopped pecans and dried cranberries)

Directions:

  1. Spread a wedge of brie cheese over the crostini.
  2. Place a spoonful of the apricot chutney over the brie.
  3. Top with the pecan and cranberry pieces.

Crumbled Gorgonzola and bacon crostini

Crumbled Gorgonzola and bacon crostini

Ingredients:

  • Homemade crostini
  • Crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 2-3 slices cooked apple-wood smoked bacon
  • 2 green scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cover the crostini with the crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Bake in the oven until the cheese melts, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the scallions and sauté until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In another pan, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from the heat to cool and then crumble into small pieces.
  5. Top each melted Gorgonzola crostini with the bacon and green scallion pieces.

Fire-roasted peppers and feta crostini

Fire-roasted peppers and feta crostini

Ingredients:

  • Homemade crostini
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Jar of fire-roasted yellow and red peppers, thinly sliced
  • Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cover the crostini with crumbled feta cheese. Bake in the oven until the cheese melts, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Place the slices of the fire-roasted peppers over the melted feta cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley.

Fresh mozzarella and prosciutto crostini

Fresh mozzarella and prosciutto crostini

Ingredients:

  • Homemade crostini
  • Log of fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • Prosciutto, sliced into thin strips
  • Fresh sage leaves, sliced into thin strips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the slices of mozzarella over crostini.
  3. Lay the pieces of prosciutto over the mozzarella. Top with fresh sage.
  4. Bake in oven until the cheese melts and the prosciutto is slightly crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes.

all four crostinis

Rachel's suggested wine pairing


Since there are so many different flavors on each crostini, it's best to pair wines that are all around super food friendly with a nice acid structure. It's also best to pair wines for your party that everyone will enjoy sipping on, no matter what their wine tastes are. Or as I like to say, palate pleaser party wines! Try a sparkling wine such as a Cava, a crisp Sauvignon Blanc for the white wine and a Chianti Classico for the red wine.


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