Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Behold! Our latest culinary obsession: the crostini. While a "crostini" isn't much more than a fancy word for delicious baked bread coated in spices, oils, and a variety of toppings, we love how this snack can be made a simple or as complex as one desires. "Crostini" is also Italian for "little toasts," which is pretty adorable and just another reason we love this treat. These party-perfect treats are perfect finger foods for your next celebration or summer picnic. Easily customizable to a variety of tastes and preferences, it's easy to craft a plate of crostinis that will please everyone. We narrowed it down to five must-try recipes when it comes to this yummy dish! 

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream: Homemade pesto isn't only simple and easy to prepare at home, but it is always a crowd-pleaser! Freshly prepared pesto can't be beat, and when it is smothered on top of toasty bread with lemon cream sauce, your guests will be too busy devouring these "little toasts" to tell you how much they love them! Find the recipe here.

Persimmon Bruschetta: For a recipe that is delicious as is it beautiful, try this crostini! The bold hues and hints of ricotta make this an essential to whip up in your kitchen! A great appetizer or party dish, we are enamored with this recipe. 

Toasted Goat Cheese Crostini with Basil and Red Onion Jam: Goat cheese, red onion, and basil? Say no more! This simple, vegetarian-friendly crostini recipe is easy to prepare for a elegant dinner party or impromptu gathering. Plus, the red onion jam this recipe calls for would be a delish leftover to spread on sandwiches. 

Roasted Carrot Harissa and Creme Fraiche Crostini: This delightful and fancy crostini is a savory and spicy dish that we can't get enough of! A versatile dish, the ingredients can be easily tweaked to your (or your guests') liking! Put on your favorite vintage apron and spend some time in the kitchen crafting these tasty treats. Find the recipe here

Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts: This recipe definitely has us ready to start cooking. The combination of salmon, dill, and lemon is always heavenly, and when combined on a sliced baguette, the results are swoonworthy! Upgrade any party with this new spin on a classic appetizer. 

Now that you're inspired (and probably a little hungry!) which of these crostini recipes is at the top of your list? Let us know in the comments below!


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