Why serve expensive frozen mini quiches or greasy egg rolls, when you can offer your last-minute (ahem—unexpected) guests insanely easy, delicious and beautiful crostini?
Just keep a baguette in your freezer and some soft cheese in your fridge for a quick snack or appetizer. That way when those random neighbors, quirky friends or sorry-we-forgot-to-call-first in-laws show up on your door, ready to be fed and entertained, you can swing into action.
First, prepare the basic crostini.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice a fresh baguette or baked Pillsbury crusty French loaf into 3/4-inch slices, on the bias. Arrange slices on an ungreased baking sheet and drizzle generously with olive oil. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or just until lightly toasted.
Next, spread each slice with cheese.
Use a butter knife or silicone spatula to spread each slice of baguette with a tablespoon of ricotta, soft goat cheese or cream cheese.
Finally, garnish each crostini.
Here’s where you get to be creative. Feel free to make a batch of just one type of crostini, or mix it up. Variety makes it look like you worked extra-hard!
Some suggested crostini toppings:
thinly sliced roasted red peppers
sliced, pitted olives (any kind)
thin slices of green jalapeño and a drizzle of honey. thinly sliced basil and sundried tomatoesslices of smoked salmon, a few capers and a sprig of dillthin slices of prosciutto and fresh figscooked pieces of bacon and fresh tarragonslices of ripe avocado and chopped cilantrohalved slices of salami or pepperoniprepared pesto and halved cherry tomatoes
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Got a personal crostini favorite? I'd love to hear it!