Crostini are quick and easy appetizers (or antipasti) that can be as simple as baguette slices that have been rubbed with garlic, brushed with oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and baked until golden brown. Sometimes folks call these bread morsels “bruschetta”, so let’s start with a bit of definition.
There are so many possible variations on crostini – too many to mention in one article. Here we are showing a simple – but elegant – preparation using easy to find ingredients, and topped off with the Serious Foodie Fig/Orange sauce (a Southern Italian inspired finishing sauce – click HERE to order on line). We’ll mention a few other possibilities after the recipe.
Crostini with Brie and Fig/Orange Sauce
- 1 French baguette, or similar size & textured white bread (8 to 10 ounces), sliced 1/4 inch thick (about 60 slices)
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1/2 pound brie or camembert (you can also try gorgonzola dolce)
- 10 oz jar Serious Foodie Calimyrna Fig/Orange Finishing Sauce
- 3 oz. arugula, washed and dried
- 3 oz. fig/orange vinaigrette (click HERE for recipe) or similar dressing.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange baguette slices on two large rimmed baking sheets; brush both sides with oil, and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through (if undersides are not browning, turn crostini over once during baking). Let cool on baking sheets. Top crostini with desired toppings, and serve.
Want more ideas for your crostini? You’ll find a lot of recipes on various well-known websites, but none better than Martha Stewart. Here a few fun suggestions:
- White-Bean and Caper Crostini
- Tomato-Basil Crostini
- Artichoke-Dill Crostini
- Salami-Ricotta Crostini
- Pesto-Bocconcini Crostini
- Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Crostini