Now that I’ve discovered homemade crostini (that’s Italian for “little toasts”) I’ll never buy crackers again! These crunchy little slices of toasted baguettes are delicious and SO easy!
I used a leftover whole wheat baguette and a stale bun but any leftover unsliced bread (or even large buns) will work. The trick is to cut the baguette into very thin slices that are between 1/8″ and 1/4″ thick. You really do want these to be crunchy cracker-like little toasts. It can make the baguette a little easier to slice if you stick it in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
After you slice the bread or baguette, arrange the slices on a pizza stone or insulated cookie sheet. Using a pastry brush (I used a silicon brush for this) brush each piece with a little olive oil.
Now the fun begins. You can just sprinkle a little sea salt on the slices OR you can mix a few herbs together to create the exact flavors you want. Tonight, I mixed some garlic powder, sea salt, and rosemary. Italian herbs are another great flavor for these tasty crostini. Sprinkle this mixture with a light hand.
Bake the bread slices in a 300° oven for 30-40 minutes. You don’t need to turn these slices over but you should keep an eye on them towards the end of the baking time. I like my crostini a dark golden brown and crispy. Be careful not to let these little toasts get too dark or burn.
If flavoring the homemade crostini started the fun, TOPPING the homemade crostini is the rest of the fun. Tonight I had some slices of cheese and summer sausage as well as some bleu cheese crumbles to top these toasts.
These are absolutely delicious when topped with a dab of pesto or some cream cheese and roasted red peppers. A little hummus would also be fabulous. Really, any kind of crab dip or sour cream-based dip would also be delicious. Some marinara sauce is a delicious simple topping too.
You know, you can pay $3.49 for a bag of crostini in the bakery section of your grocery store or you can make your own. One of the things that I LOVE about making my own crostini is that it’s just one more way to creatively use leftovers!