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How To Make Crostini

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How To Make Crostini: crostini is all the rage in Italian cuisine, it’s one of the best appetizers out there. Getting the perfectly crisp crostini isn’t super easy, and can transform any dip you have.

I love serving this homemade crostini along with bruschetta and pesto. It’s seriously easy and makes for a great party appetizer! These crisp crostinis also go great with some fresh or hot dips like buffalo chicken dip, or even just with cheese and cured meat. It’s up to you!

A flatlay of homemade crostini next to crostini pieces with various toppings.

What Is Crostini

Crostini are small pieces of bread that are rubbed in olive oil (and often garlic and other spices) then toasted until they are crispy.

Crostini are most commonly made from a baguette thanks to its long and skinny shape giving you the perfect couple bite piece, but most rustic cuts of bread will work.

Crostini are commonly enjoyed with bruschetta, or other toppings like cream cheese and salami, smoked salmon, or caramelized onions and brie!

A knife slicing a baguette into crostini pieces.

How To Make Crostini

Making crostini is easy! To make them:

  1. Slice the baguette on a slight angle, about 1/4″ thick.
  2. Drizzle the slices with a little bit of olive oil. I like to use a sauce brush to speed things up and ensure I coat them evenly.
  3. Peel a piece of garlic and rub it over the bread.
  4. Toast the crostinis for 8-10 minutes at 375°F or until they are golden and crisp.

If you’re adding a cold topping, make sure you allow the crostinis to cool completely before serving.

How To Make Crostini Ahead Of Time

Crostini isn’t served hot, so you can make them a day or two in advance using the recipe below!

Just make sure you store them in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

If you’re adding toppings like tomato bruschetta, make sure you don’t add them until you are ready to serve or the crostini will become soggy, and no one likes soggy bread.

A hand pouring olive oil onto crostini slices.

May Favorite Crostini Toppings

Here are some great flavor combos if you’re entertaining a crowd:

  • Bruschetta – the classic!
  • Pesto and feta cheese
  • Goat cheese and caramelized onions
  • Prosciutto, goat cheese, and arugula
  • Ricotta and sun dried tomato
  • Blackberry jam and goat cheese
  • Ricotta, peaches, and honey drizzle
  • Strawberry and balsamic reduction

Crostini are so much fun to get creative with! Once ready, grab some toppers and get testing. This is also super fun to do at parties. Just lay the toppers out and let everyone create their own crostinis! 

A hand rubbing fresh garlic onto fresh crostini.

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How To Make Crostini

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 13 mins
Servings: 24 crostinis
Author: Bailey
This easy crostini recipe is a delicious addition to any appetizer spread!
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  • 1 baguette
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  • Slice baguette into 1/4" thick slices. Arrange on prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush each crostini with olive oil.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until browned and crusty. 
  • Slice garlic clove in half. Rub garlic on hot crostini pieces.
Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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