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Crostini Appetizers – 4 Ways

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Make a board of crostini appetizers for your next get-together. These crispy garlic toasts can be topped with a variety of flavors and textures. Perfect for various palettes!

A board of four different kinds of crostini appetizers.

Special occasions and fun gatherings call for delicious food. I love pulling together a variety of appetizers for parties, instead of a four-course meal. It makes socializing easier when you can grab a plate and mill around a room, visiting with friends and family while nibbling on various foods.

Crostini Appetizers are perfect for gatherings because they can be topped with so many different tasty things, and are great served at room temperature. I concocted four different crostini, layered in a similar fashion.

  • Bread – Start with any type of crusty bread. I often use my Mom’s Chewy French Bread (that I keep in the freezer) or some sourdough. Using store-bought bread is fine too.
  • A Spread – Top the bread with some sort of cheese or in this case, some fresh avocado. I used goat cheese, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, and mashed avocado (mixed with lime juice).
  • Toppings – Add a variety of toppings, like meats, jams, fruit, tomatoes, etc. I used salami, prosciutto, bacon, shrimp, fig jam, apricot preserves, and olives. Tailor it to what you like best!

To prepare the bread:

  • Slice and bake. Using a serrated edge knife, slice the bread into thin slices. Make sure you use a nice crusty bread that holds up well to toppings. Pour some olive oil into a small dish, and lightly brush it on both sides of the bread. Lay it on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, and then flip and repeat on the other side.
  • Add garlic. When bread is browned, take the peeled garlic clove and rub it on one side of the bread. This will infuse the garlic flavor into the bread.
My hands rubbing the garlic on the toasted bread.

Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Crostini with Apricot Preserves

  • Crusty Bread – Any crusty bread works. Slice it on the thinner side.
  • Goat Cheese – One of my fav kinds of cheese!
  • Apricot Preserves – This is the perfect sweet to balance the other flavors.
  • Prosciutto – Easily found in the deli section of your store.
Ingredients for prosciutto crostini with apricot preserves.

To assemble: Top the prepared bread with softened goat cheese, apricot preserves, and prosciutto. I recommend letting the cheese sit on the counter until it comes to room temperature.

Two plates of prosciutto goat cheese crostini with apricot preserves.

Bacon Ricotta Crostini with Fig Jam

  • Crusty Bread – Any crusty bread works. Slice it on the thinner side.
  • Ricotta Cheese – I like to add a drizzle of olive oil and some s&p for best flavor.
  • Fig Jam – SO good, and you can use it for your breakfast toast too.
  • Bacon – Save some time and buy pre-cooked, if desired.
Ingredients for bacon ricotta cheese crostini.

To assemble: Top the prepared bread with softened ricotta cheese, fig jam, and bacon. I recommend letting the cheese sit on the counter until it comes to room temperature.

Two plates of bacon fig crostini appetizers.

Salami Cream Cheese Crostini with Olives

  • Crusty Bread – Any crusty bread works. Slice it on the thinner side.
  • Cream Cheese – Let this come to room temp for easier spreading.
  • Salami – Slice it thin or use full slices.
  • Black Olives – You can use any olive you like.
Ingredients for the salami cream cheese crostini.

To assemble: Top the prepared bread with softened cream cheese, olives, and salami. I recommend letting the cheese sit on the counter until it comes to room temperature.

Two plates of salami cream cheese crostini appetizers.

Shrimp Avocado Crostini

  • Crusty Bread – Any crusty bread works. Slice it on the thinner side.
  • Avocado – Mash the avocado and add a squeeze of lime juice plus some salt.
  • Shrimp – You can use pre-cooked or sauté your own (my preference).
Ingredients for shrimp avocado crostini.

To assemble: Top the prepared bread with smashed avocado and sautéed shrimp. The avocado will eventually brown, even with the lime juice, so prep these right before party time.

Two plates of shrimp avocado crostini appetizers.
Side shot of a board of crostini, four ways.

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A board of four different kinds of crostini appetizers.

Crostini Appetizers – 4 Ways

Make a board of crostini appetizers for your next get-together. These crispy garlic toasts can be topped with a variety of flavors and textures. Perfect for various palettes!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crostini Appetizers
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16 appetizers
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Crostini with Apricot Preserves:

  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 3 oz. goat cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 4 slices bread
  • olive oil and garlic – for the bread

Bacon Ricotta Crostini with Fig Jam:

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons fig jam
  • 4 slices bread
  • olive oil and garlic – for the bread

Salami Cream Cheese Crostini with Olives:

  • 4 slices salami
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sliced olives
  • 4 slices bread
  • olive oil and garlic – for the bread

Shrimp Avocado Crostini:

  • 8 large raw shrimp – seasoned with salt and pepper, and sauteed
  • 1 large avocado
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • kosher salt – to taste
  • 4 slices bread
  • olive oil and garlic – for the bread

Instructions

  • Slice and bake the crusty bread. Using a serrated edge knife, slice the bread into thin slices. Make sure you use a nice crusty bread that holds up well to toppings. Pour some olive oil into a small dish, and lightly brush it on both sides of the bread. Lay it on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, and then flip and repeat on the other side. When bread is browned, take the peeled garlic clove and rub it on one side of the bread. This will infuse the garlic flavor into the bread.
  • To assemble the prosciutto and Goat Cheese Crostini with Apricot Preserves: Top the prepared bread with softened goat cheese, apricot preserves, and prosciutto. I recommend letting the cheese sit on the counter until it comes to room temperature.
  • To assemble the Bacon Ricotta Crostini with Fig Jam: Top the prepared bread with softened ricotta cheese, fig jam, and bacon. I recommend letting the cheese sit on the counter until it comes to room temperature.
  • To assemble the Salami Cream Cheese Crostini with Olives: Top the prepared bread with softened cream cheese, olives, and salami. I recommend letting the cheese sit on the counter until it comes to room temperature.
  • To assemble Shrimp Avocado Crostini: Top the prepared bread with smashed avocado (plus lime juice and s&p) and sautéed shrimp. The avocado will eventually brown, even with the lime juice, so prep these right before party time.
  • Place the crostini on a large serving dish, and enjoy.

Notes

** Nutrition calculation is a very rough estimate, considering there are different toppings on all of the crostini.

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

2 Comments

  1. I’ll take one of each please!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Coming right up!

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