Bruschetta + Crostini

What's better than crusty bread and tasty toppings? Bruschetta and crostini make the ultimate appetizer, and F&W's guide has dozens of delicious recipes. The main difference between these two toasts is that crostini is often thinly sliced, while bruschetta is usually served in thicker slices and drizzled with olive oil before it's toasted. The standard topping is diced tomato mixed with olive oil, garlic and Italian herbs—delicious, but a little boring. We love to mix things up by adding pesto, grilled veggies, ricotta and pancetta. One of our favorite recipes is a dessert-style bruschetta, topped with grilled nectarines and cherries, as well as creamy mascarpone mixed with honey. The fruit gets marinated in lavender sugar and citrus zest, and caramelizes on the grill—this is truly the perfect way to showcase summer's best fruit. Whether you're craving something sweet or savory, F&W's guide to bruschetta and crostini has all the recipes you need.

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Baby Romaine With Garlic-Parmesan Vinaigrette and Leek and Anchovy Crostini
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This is so much more than a salad; it's a plate of light, crisp, dressed leaves partnered with a leek-topped crostini that gives it enough heft to turn it into a meal. The leeks are perfumed with lemons and thyme, and cooked until they are browned and jammy. The aïoli is rich, garlicky, and bright; along with the briny, marinated anchovies, it cuts through the richness of the leeks and soft-cooked eggs.
Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Pancetta
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Best New Chef Michael Gallina of Vicia in St. Louis has a way with vegetables, and this time of year tomatoes are his muse. His Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Pancetta is a simple sauté that brings everything to the table: sweet acidity from the tomatoes; a salty, savory chew from the pancetta; and aromatics from the garlic and onion. The pancetta seasons the mixture, which begs to be served over ricotta toast. You can also try the combo tossed with pasta.
Lima Bean and Ricotta Crostini
Food & Wine's Justin Chapple thinks that lima beans deserve a place on every table, especially when they're made into a bright, herby salad and piled onto crunchy and creamy ricotta toasts. Slideshow: More Bean Recipes 
Crostini with Scamorza and Peperonata
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New York City chef Andrew Carmellini tops crusty grilled bread with Italian scamorza cheese and a mildly spicy mix of peppers. He swears by dried Calabrian oregano pulled right off the stem as the perfect finish to the tasty crostini. Slideshow:  More Crostini Recipes 
Bruschetta and Crostini
With only three basic ingredients—bread, oil, and garlic—bruschetta and crostini are ridiculously easy to make. The crispy bite-sized toasts can then be completed with endless topping options, and served as appetizers or hors d'oeuvres at a cocktail party.
New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas
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"Growing up in a large family of mixed heritage in the South, it seemed only natural to make things up as we went along," says Ryan Hardy. "My mother, a Yankee, insisted that it was good luck to have black-eyed peas on New Year's Day and she'd save the bones from country ham hunks just for that day." Hardy, who has childhood memories of black-eyed peas simmering on the front burner (and collards on the back burner), has adapted the recipe over the years; he now serves the hearty peas with garlic-rubbed toasts and garnishes them with generous amounts of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. More Southern Recipes
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Mushroom and Fontina Crostini
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Maria Helm Sinskey likes to use Italian Fontina cheese, which melts beautifully, but young Gouda would be equally delicious.Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips More Bruschetta and Crostini
Honey-Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta
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In this amazing appetizer, two types of honey serve two distinct purposes: Mellow, slightly spicy clover honey intensifies the sweetness of the tangy tomatoes as they slowly roast. After the bruschetta is assembled, a drizzle of robust buckwheat honey balances the creamy ricotta cheese.
Crostini with Creamy Ricotta and Chorizo
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The Food "Chorizo is so underused," says Shea Gallante. Here, he uses the spicy Spanish sausage in a savory crostini topping. More Recipes with Sausage