Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The darling fashion & lifestyle blogger Mara of M Loves M always looks stunning in sophisticated outfits, but did you know she also is known to whip up some amazing recipes? This week, she posted her first ever recipe video tutorial featuring a tasty favorite - the crostini! Perfect for a small bite or appetizer, the crostini is a simple, yet refined culinary creation that provides the perfect space for playing with savory and sweet flavor combinations. We can't wait to try the crostini recipes that Mara crafted, so hit "play" on the video below and prepare for some foodie inspiration!

Ready to create your very own crostinis?

Here is your crostini shopping list:

Baguette
Cherry tomatoes
Pesto
Burrata cheese {or mozzarella} 
Balsamic vinaigrette {love the one from Trader Joes}
Cream cheese
Parsley
Chives
Basil
Smoked salmon / lox
Dill
Brie
Blackberries
Honey
Mint (optional)

Crostinis Three Ways:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Toss 1 cup of cherry tomatoes with olive oil, and sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes

Slice a baguette into ½-inch slices. Arrange onto a baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until toasted. Let it cool slightly.

Pesto, Burrata and Roasted Cherry Tomato Crostini
Spread the pesto onto a toasted baguette slice, top with burrata cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette glaze.

Salmon and Herbed Cream Cheese Crostini
Bring 8-oz cream cheese to room temperature. Then add to a bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives and ¼-cup chopped basil. Combine with a spoon until it’s evenly mixed.

Spread herbed cream cheese onto toasted baguette slices. Add smoked salmon and top with fresh dill.

Brie, Blackberry and Honey Crostini
Add the brie cheese to the toasted baguette. Top with one blackberry and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle fresh mint leaves on top. 

These crostinis are just as delicious as they are lovely! You can see more fashion & lifestyle features with Mara on our blog, and you can learn more about this lovely gal and her adventures with her cute pup Ginger and husband Matthew on M Loves M!


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