Learn How to Make Crostini at home using just 3-ingredients – bread, olive oil and salt. This easy crostini recipe is the perfect appetizer for parties. You can make them ahead of time and serve them with a variety of toppings like bruschetta, mushroom pate, whipped feta or olive tapenade.
ℹ️ What are Crostini?
- Crostini are thin slices of toasted bread that are seasoned simply with olive oil and salt. They are generally served with toppings as an appetizer.
🍞 What is the Difference Between Crostini and Bruschetta?
- Crostini and Bruschetta are very similar, though there is a difference. Bruschetta is typically made using a thick slice of rustic Italian bread and is grilled on an open fire, giving it a bit of a char. It is generally eaten on its own, with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt.
- Crostini, also known as “little toasts” is more often served with toppings and is made from smaller, thinner slices of bread (like a baguette). Baked crostini are more common than grilled crostini.
🛒 Ingredients Needed
You only need three-simple ingredients to make this recipe:
- Bread – See below for the best bread options.
- Olive Oil – I like to use a high-quality, flavorful extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.
- Salt – Flaky sea salt or kosher salt work best.
🥖 What Bread Is Crostini Made From?
- French Bread
- Olive Loaf
- Sandwich Rolls
I prefer using a baguette to make this recipe because it is small in size, making it perfect for appetizers. However you can use many different breads (and stale bread works too!).
🔪 How to Slice the Bread
- Using a serrated knife, cut the bread into ½-inch-thick slices on a bias. Try to keep the pieces uniform in size so that they cook evenly.
📋 How to Make Crostini Crackers
- Cut baguette into ½-inch thick slices.
- Lightly coat sliced bread with olive oil.
- Bake in 400-degree oven for 10-minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Season with salt and serve.
🧂 How to Add Flavor
- When warm out of the oven, rub a cut garlic clove over the bread.
- Use flavored olive oil (garlic, lemon, rosemary).
- Sprinkle with herbs (rosemary, thyme, cumin).
- Season with lemon or orange zest.
🕛 Can You Make Them Ahead of Time?
- You can definitely make this recipe ahead of time. Store baked crostini in an airtight container for up to three days. If they become soggy, pop them back into a 400-degree oven for a few minutes.
✔️ How To Store
- Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag at room temperature for up to three days.
❄️ Can They Be Frozen?
- Yes. To freeze, slice the bread and lightly oil both sides. Then place in an airtight container in the freezer (before baking). When ready to serve, you can bake them without thawing in a 400-degree oven for about 10 minutes.
- You can also freeze baked crostini and reheat them in a similar fashion.
- They will keep in the freezer for up to three months.
🥣 Creamy Dip Recipes to Serve with Crostini
Top crostini with one of these yummy spreads:
- Salmon Dip with Creme Fraiche
- Whipped Feta
- Blackberry Goat Cheese
- Baba Ganoush
- Baked Goat Cheese Dip
- Harissa Hummus
These toasts are also delicious served alongside soup like this cold cucumber soup or this tomato bisque.
They’re also amazing spread with a bit of roasted garlic and either cambozola cheese or brie.
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How to Make Crostini
- 1 large baguette (cut into ½” thick slices on bias)
- 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Lightly coat both sides of bread with olive oil and arrange in single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake on center rack for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden and crisp. Sprinkle with salt and serve.
👩🍳 Bruschetta and Crostini Recipes
- Lasagna Crostini
- Short Rib Crostini with Cambozola Cheese and Cherry Jam
- Brie Crostini with Prosciutto & Honey
- Burrata Recipe with Crostini & Sweet Pea Puree & Arugula
This post was originally published in 2019. It was updated in 2022 to add new information. The recipe remains the same. Enjoy!
2 thoughts on “How to Make Crostini (Simple + Easy)”
Beautiful post, with excellent detailed explanations and instructions. All of your crostini recipes with toppings would pair nicely with a dry Lambrusco. Very festive way to start a holiday party!
Thank you Steven!