‘Tis the season for holiday merriment — and oh, the cocktail parties!
My favorite go-to dish during the holidays? (Or really, any time of year.) Crostini. Whether you’re throwing your own shindig or taking an appetizer to a neighbor’s cookie exchange, crostini is one of those crowd-pleasing dishes that takes no time at all, looks amazing, and tastes even better than it looks.
The secret to amazing crostini really isn’t in the sauce — it’s in the bread prep! Brush a little olive oil on your bread and toast at 350 F for a few minutes before adding your toppings. Not only will olive oil enhance the flavor of your dish, it will keep your bread from getting too crunchy.
Another reason to love crostini is that it is 100% kid-friendly. They’ll love eating it almost as much as they’ll love helping you make it.
Whole Foods Market has a handy little holiday guide full of easy appetizer recipes, including several ideas for crostini. I used their guide as inspiration and added a few more kid-friendly options, too. Of course, everything we suggest in this crostini round-up can be found at their Mt. Washington or Harbor East locations!
10 recipe ideas for crostini
Prosciutto, Fig & Manchego
Add a dollop of fig spread to each mini toast, then gently press a slice of Manchego into jam. Top with a thin slice of prosciutto.
Smoked Trout & Apple
Place a few thin slices of green apple on top of a slice of baguette and add a thin slice of smoked trout. Top with fresh grated horseradish and cracked black pepper if desired.
Roast 4 ounces of sliced mushrooms with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt on a baking sheet at 400°F for 12-15 minutes.Top each slice of baguette with mushrooms, sour cream, chopped chives, tarragon and salt and pepper to taste.
Sweet Nutty Ricotta
Zest and juice lemon, mix with 1-2 cloves minced garlic or shallots and stir into container of ricotta cheese. Place a dollop of this mixture on each slice of baguette and top with chopped toasted hazelnuts and a small drizzle of honey.
Avocado & Smoked Salmon
Smash avocado and add a little lemon juice, then spread on baguettes. Top with sliced hardboiled eggs (if desired), one slice of smoked salmon and chopped chives.
Apple, Cheddar Prosciutto
Top slices of baguette with a thin slice of apple and shredded cheddar cheese. Toast for a few minutes until cheese melts. Add a thin slice of prosciutto on top.
Ricotta, Pear, Honey
Place a thin slice of pear on top of the baguette. Top with a dollop of ricotta and drizzle with honey.
Avocado, Basil, Tomato
Create a paste out of mashed avocado. Top with diced tomato and basil.
Smoked Salmon Crostini with Cucumbers and Cream Cheese
Smoked salmon goes kid-friendly when paired with cream cheese and thin ribbon of cucumber.
Cherry Tomato & Mozzarella
Place a full basil leave on top of the baguette slice. Add diced cherry tomato and mozzarella. Adults might like a little balsamic reduction drizzled on top, too.
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Photography by Laura Black.