If you’re going to kick back this weekend with friends and some lovely libations, or have a group over for brunch, you may need a snack idea.

Here it is: DIY Crostini.

The crunchy little toasts are great with wine or beer, and a fun food when people add their own toppings.

Set out all kinds of sweet and savory toast toppings and let your guests help themselves. We’ve got flavor combo ideas galore, but let your imagination run wild.

You decide how many options you want to offer. Here’s are some options, plus a recipe for White Bean Dip & Spread below.
 
 
RECIPE #1: DIY CROSTINI:

SPREADS

Guests start by choosing a spread for the crostini:

  • Bean spread (recipe below)
  • Hummus
  • Flavored cream cheese
  • Flavored ricotta or other spreadable cheese
  • Pesto
  • Pimento cheese
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    TOPPINGS

    Offer as many or as few as you like:

  • Anchovies or sardines
  • Arugula, baby
  • Avocado, mashed
  • Bacon, chopped
  • Basil, julienned
  • Berries: blueberries, diced strawberries, raspberries
  • Caramelized onions
  • Chicken mousse (paté) with fig jam
  • Eggplant salad, chopped
  • Grapes, halved
  • Grape tomatoes, halved, roasted or marinated
  • Mini cucumbers, sliced
  • Pimento or sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • Piquillo peppers
  • Prosciutto or charcuterie
  • Scallions or red onions, chopped
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    RECIPE #2: WHITE BEAN SPREAD

    Ingredients

  • 1 can (14unces) cannellini beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • Loaf of French or Italian country bread
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    Preparation

     

    Crostini
    [1] Crostini topped with white bean spread and a selection of garnishes (photo © DeLallo Foods).

    Tea Party Crostini
    [2] Crostini with ricotta topping. Here’s the recipe from topping ideas from Honestly Yum (photo © Honestly Yum),

    Crostini Pimento Basil
    [3] Crostini with hummus and pimento and basil (photo © Gaea Olive Oil).

     
    1. COMBINE all ingredients in a food processor and purée until smooth. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon or salt as desired.

    2. MAKE the crostini. Heat the oven to 400°F. Slice the bread and drizzle with olive oil on both sides. Bake for 10 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.

      


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