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Avocado Crostini Two Ways

Cookbook author Katie Workman adds salty, briny anchovies to her parsley pesto for adult guests. For kids, she leaves the avocado crostini plain.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 1 large baguette, cut into 1/2-inch diagonal slices (32 slices total)

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced

  • 3 oil-packed anchovies, drained

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2 Hass avocados—halved, pitted and thinly sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil and arrange them on 2 baking sheets. Bake the baguette slices for about 8 minutes, until they are lightly browned and just crisp.
  2. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the parsley leaves, garlic, anchovies and the 3/4 cup of olive oil and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Top the baguette toasts with the avocado slices and arrange on 2 platters. For Kids Sprinkle salt on the crostini on one platter. Serve. For Adults Drizzle the parsley pesto over the crostini on the other platter. Serve.

Make Ahead

The parsley pesto can be refrigerated overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Lively, peach-scented, unoaked Chardonnay from California.

Photo © Lucy Schaeffer Published May 2012

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