Making crostini from scratch is super easy and is so inexpensive. Stop buying premade stuff and start making it homemade! It’s the perfect appetizer base and soup dipper!
Almost every house you go to for a party, backyard cookout, game night, chilling with friends, or just because you don’t want a big meal, crostini is on the menu. It’s so easy and truly versatile!
I honestly feel a bit guilty even writing this post because it’s so simple but this is such a great base recipe that I just had to give it its own time in the spotlight.
Grab Your Ingredients
- Bread – I prefer French Baguettes but honestly any crusty type of bread will work
- Olive oil
- Sea Salt
- Optional – some folks also like to rub a clove of garlic on it when it comes out of the oven.
Slice Your Bread
For this, you need 2 things – a cutting board and a serrated bread knife.
- Slice your bread into 1/4-1/2″ slices. You can cut on an angle if you want larger pieces or just cut it straight up and down.
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
Grab Your Pan And Parchment Paper
- While the oven is preheating, place a piece of parchment paper on a large, rimmed baking sheet. *The parchment is optional. I just hate messy pans so I use parchment.
- Place the slices of bread on a single layer on the pan and brush with olive oil.
- Pop it into the oven for 6-8 minutes or until the tops start to toast lightly.
- Remove the hot pan from the oven, carefully flip the bread over, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
- Pop it back into the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the tops are lightly toasted.
And It’s Time To Eat!
Now at this point, while the crostini is still hot you can rub over a clove of garlic on each slice. I tend to only do this if I’m serving it with a savory appetizer.
How To Store Crostini
I store mine in an airtight container on the counter for about 7-10 days. If they start to feel ‘soggy’ or not so crispy, simply pop them back onto a rimmed baking pan in a 350F oven for a few minutes.
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- 1 12-14” long loaf of crusty Italian or French bread, sliced into 1/4–1/2” slices
- 3–5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil
- pinch of sea salt
- optional clove of garlic
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Slice the bread on an angle to get elongated slices. Brush one side lightly with olive oil and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake the bread for 6-8 minutes or until the tops start to toast lightly. Remove from the oven, brush the other side with the remaining oil, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt, and bake for another 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven when done.
- If using, rub a clove of garlic on the warm, toasted bread.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container.
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