Bruschetta and Crostini
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.
Herbed Chickpea Bruschetta
The key to these delicious bruschetta from chef Nancy Silverton is lots of olive oil. After she bakes the chickpeas with a variety of flavorings—including onions, pancetta and carrots—she purees them with a good amount of oil, spreads the puree on toasts and drizzles with a little more oil.
Crostini with Roasted Butternut Squash, Ricotta and Preserve
A preserved lemon relish adds a bright, salty note to these elegant crostini, balancing the flavors of creamy ricotta and sweet squash.
Creamed Kale Toasts
This fantastic starter features creamed kale on toasted baguette, topped with delicious melted Parmigiano-Reggiano.
To intensify the flavor of boiled beets and form a rich glaze, chef David Hawksworth cooks them a second time in sherry vinegar and sugar.
Crostini with Stewed Grapes, Prosciutto and Ricotta Salata
These crostini make a super-quick and delicious appetizer for any special gathering. When the grapes slightly cook down, they release their juices and dark hue into a syrup that's pretty and elegant spooned over the top.
Bruschetta with Mozzarella and Smashed Fresh Favas
Puréed fava beans make for a quick and delicious bruschetta topping, especially when paired with slices of fresh mozzarella.
Bay Scallop-Marsala Cream Toasts
These bay scallops are set in a luscious Marsala cream sauce, served over hot crispy bread and garnished with fresh chives. It's a simple dish to prepare, yet so special and decadent. Best to enjoy these toasts with a knife and fork.
Ricotta and Roasted Grape Crostini
Designer and blogger Athena Calderone’s signature aesthetic comes through in this striking appetizer. Roasting the grapes concentrates and deepens their sweetness.
Minty Peas & Bacon on Toast
Chef Gregory Vernick makes these terrific toasts by pureeing frozen peas with mint and butter, then spreading the pea butter on thick slices of sourdough bread with bacon on top. The bread soaks up the bacon fat as it toasts.
Stilton and Burst Cherry Tomato Crostini
Roasting cherry tomatoes until they burst makes them super-juicy and sweet; combining them with salty Stilton cheese on toast makes a quick and tasty starter.
Gerard Craft grew up in Washington, DC, eating lots of Maryland blue crab. Here, he creates a very simple and delicious starter by tossing sweet crabmeat with fresh mint and lime juice, then spooning it over mashed avocado on toast. You can make the toasts or buy store-bought ones to save time.
Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Pancetta
Peak-season tomatoes make all the difference in this simple bruschetta from author Susan Spungen. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of soup or a large salad, or, to turn them into two-bite hors d’oeuvres, simply cut the bruschetta crosswise into strips.
Wild Mushroom Crostini
Southern cooking is often very meat-focused, but chef Ford Fry likes to emphasize vegetables. For these crostini, he tops creamy ricotta with a mix of garlicky mushrooms and a handful of herbs.
Caponata Crostini with Goat Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts
This eggplant based relish is a delicious accompaniment to just about everything. It’s like a Sicilian version of ratatouille and best served with a wide range of meats and fish, on toast, or used as a sauce with pasta.
Salami and Fig Crostini with Ricotta
Figs and salami are assertive ingredients to pair together on a little crostini, yet the result is subtle, delicate and delicious.
Egg Salad Crostini with White Anchovies
This crostini topped with creamy egg salad and white anchovies is a great appetizer or cocktail-party snack
Ricotta Crostini with Pickled Ramps and Crisp Pancetta
Chef Ryan Hardy got the idea for his sensational crostini from a jar of pickled ramps he recovered from the back of his refrigerator.
Bruschetta with Pickled Okra
Fresh summer bruschetta takes a Southern turn with the addition of salty pickled okra.
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.
Mushroom and Fontina Crostini
Maria Helm Sinskey likes to use Italian Fontina cheese, which melts beautifully, but young Gouda would be equally delicious.
We like the variety here—the same toast spread with two different toppings. The green-olive tapenade, which uses pre-pitted olives, can be made in minutes with a blender or food processor. The sautéed mushroom topping is equally savory hot or at room temperature.
Broccoli Rabe Pesto Bruschetta
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli rabe is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B and C. Chef Gabe Thompson turns it into a healthy, peppery pesto that's delicious on toasted bread.
Honey-Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta
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.
Pierogi Crostini, with Two Toppings
In a flash of genius, Marcia Kiesel's sister Susie bought her favorite fresh pierogi, brushed them with olive oil, and threw them on the grill. These crisp appetizers have become such a family standby Marcia is always trying to come up with new toppings. Two of her favorites: grilled mushrooms and scallions, and spicy fresh salsa.
Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini
A thick layer of cheddar cheese, chopped pimentos and bacon crumble make for an irresistibly cheesy crostini.
Grilled Marrow Bones with Rosemary-Lemon Bruschetta
Chris Cosentino uses the phrase God's butter to describe rich, decadent bone marrow. Here he serves it alongside grilled toasts rubbed with rosemary and lemon. For a more potent herbal flavor, singe the rosemary sprigs on the grill for a few moments before rubbing the toasts.
For this fast, flavorful appetizer, chef Paul Virant combines two of his favorite childhood memories about food. "During the summer, especially around the Fourth of July, we would pick chanterelles that grew around our property," he says. "And my grandmother made this amazing creamed corn. It turns out corn and chanterelles go very well together."
Chicken Liver Crostini
Peter Hoffman's beautifully silky puree is accented with sweet sautéed apples, smoky bacon and a splash of brandy, then served on crunchy toasts.
Crostini with Creamy Ricotta and Chorizo
"Chorizo is so underused," says chef Shea Gallante. Here, he uses the spicy Spanish sausage in a savory crostini topping.
Warm White Bean and Calamari Salad with Garlic Bruschetta
The salad for this recipe can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated overnight. Simply toast some garlic-rubbed bread and top with the salad when ready to serve.
Grilled Tomato Crostini
The only way to grill tomatoes without losing their delicious juices is in a foil packet. Flavor the tomatoes with any fresh herbs or aromatics, then use them as a delicious crostini topper.
Make the perfect base for any savory crostini or bruschetta by quickly broiling sliced country bread and rubbing one side with garlic.