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Crostini | 5 Ways

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Warrick Dowsett | 0 comments

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Crostini...you see it everywhere so I will not bore you with how great it is or how easy it is to make for entertaining...on and on and on...nope, not going there.  Here are 6 delicious recipes out of a million other recipes for crostini.  Try these or make them how you want.  I don't think you can screw up crusty bread....it's just too good.  

 

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Crostini with Ricotta Basil Pesto

1 punnet cherry tomatoes sliced
1 Jar Roasted Red Peppers diced
1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Juice Lemon Squeezed
1 Cup packed basi
2 Cloves Garlic peeled (1 whole and 2 minced (keep each minced clove separate from each other)
Olive Oil
2 Tbs Aged Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup Butter (1/2 stick)
1 French Baguette


To make your Ricotta Basil Pesto

In a small food processor combine basil, whole garlic clove, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp salt and blend.  While blending, stream in small amount of olive oil and blend until well chopped and combined.  (you may have to stop and scrape sides of food processor and pulse as needed until well combined).  Once finished, spoon mixture into small mixing bowl and mix in ricotta cheese until well combined.

To make Tomato Red Pepper Topping

Slice cherry tomatoes and dice roasted red pepper and add to bowl, add 1 clove minced garlic, 2 tbs of olive oil and 2 tbs of balsamic vinegar.  Add Salt and Pepper to taste.  Place mixture aside and allow flavors to infuse.

To make Crostini

Preheat broiler to 450 degrees F
Slice baguette at an angle into 1 inch thick slices.
In small saucepan, on low to medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter and add 1 clove minced garlic, cook together just until butter softened and transfer to small bowl.  Brush Crostini with butter garlic mixture on both sides.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper, place crostini on baking sheet and broil just until golden brown turning once.  Careful they cook fast.

Once crostini is nice and golden, remove from oven, top with ricotta basil pesto and spoon on tomato red pepper mixture.

Season with salt pepper and an extra small drizzle of balsamic if desired.

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Peach Ricotta Crostini with Bacon and Honey

2 Peaches Cut in 1/2 with pits removed and sliced thinly
Ricotta Cheese
3 pieces of thick cut bacon, fried until golden brown, drained on paper towel and diced/crumbled
Honey
1/4 Cup Butter
1 French baguette

To make Crostini

Preheat broiler to 450 degrees F
Slice baguette at an angle into 1 inch thick slices.
In small saucepan, on low to medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter and transfer to small bowl.  Brush Crostini with melted butter on both sides.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper, place crostini on baking sheet and broil until golden brown turning once.  Careful they cook fast.

Once crostini is nice and golden, remove from oven and top with ricotta cheese, sliced peaches, crumbed bacon and drizzle with honey.

 

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Pea Mint Pesto Crostini

1 cup small frozen peas (thawed and drained)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese and a little extra for garnish
1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic (peeled)
1 Lemon Squeezed

To make pea mint pesto

In a small food processor, combine peas, parmesan cheese, mint, basil, lemon juice and 2 cloves garlic, blend.  Slowly stream olive oil into food processor while blending until mixture is combined.  Spoon mixture in small mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper as desired.

To make Crostini

Preheat broiler to 450 degrees F
Slice baguette at an angle into 1 inch thick slices.
In small saucepan, on low to medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter and add 1 clove minced garlic, cook together just until butter softened and transfer to small bowl.  Brush Crostini with butter garlic mixture on both sides.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper, place crostini on baking sheet and broil just until golden brown turning once.  Careful they cook fast.

Once crostini is golden brown, remove from oven and top with pea pesto.  Top crostini with pea pesto and garnish with grated parmesan, drizzle of olive oil and fresh cracked pepper if desired.

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Indian Spiced Beet Crostini

Ingredients

1 Jar Wozz! Indian Spiced Beetroot Relish
Arugula
Goats Cheese

To make Crostini

Preheat broiler to 450 degrees F
Slice baguette at an angle into 1 inch thick slices.
In small saucepan, on low to medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter and add 1 clove minced garlic, cook together just until butter softened and transfer to small bowl.  Brush Crostini with butter garlic mixture on both sides.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper, place crostini on baking sheet and broil just until golden brown turning once.  Careful they cook fast.

Once crostini is nice and golden brown, removed from oven.  Top crostini with goats cheese, beet relish and arugula. 

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Triple Ale Onion and Mushroom Crostini

1 Jar Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Savory Spread
1 punnet of Cremini mushrooms (baby bellas) sliced
4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves (remove leaves from stems)
2 Tbs Butter

To make mushrooms and triple ale sauce

In a skillet on the stove top, melt butter on low heat, add thyme leaves, swirl together to let flavors infuse then turn heat up to medium high, add mushrooms and pan fry mushrooms until nice and browned on each side.  Once cooked, remove pan from heat and add approximately 1/3 Jar of Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Spread to pan, combine ingredients and then transfer to bowl.  Season with salt and pepper as desired.

To make Crostini

Preheat broiler to 450 degrees F
Slice baguette at an angle into 1 inch thick slices.
In small saucepan, on low to medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter and add 1 clove minced garlic, cook together just until butter softened and transfer to small bowl.  Brush Crostini with butter garlic mixture on both sides.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper, place crostini on baking sheet and broil just until golden brown turning once.  Careful they cook fast.

Once crostini is nice and golden brown, remove from oven and top with mushroom triple ale mixture, garnish with fresh thyme  and serve.

 

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