Holiday Crostini

Holiday Crostini

Slice the bread thinly. Brush both sides with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake on a tray until crisp, rubbing one side with garlic halfway through the bake. Bake the bread until it’s 100% crisp and dehydrated. That’s how Crostini is supposed to be (unlike Bruschetta which is toasted so the bread is still soft of the inside).

1. Smoked Salmon Crostini This is of course amongst the most classic of flavour combinations: Smoked salmon with something creamy (cream cheese), lemon, dill (best mates with salmon!) and capers. This is a very elegant Crostini topping option that would be right at home passed around over pre-dinner champagne or Mimosas at a special occasion dinner party. Or, in the case of my family and friends, crowding around the kitchen bench politely waiting for the last one to be assembled before all hands dive in to grab them!

2. Caprese Crostini Ah Caprese-style! I love you in salad form, with baked Eggs for breakfast – and I love you in mini form on crunchy pieces of crostini! You’ll love the combination of the creamy bocconcini with the juicy cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and the pops of intense sweet and tang from the balsamic glaze!

3. Prawn / Shrimp Crostini with Avocado This topping is always the first to be gobbled up! Garlic, shrimp/prawns and avocado is an addictive combination (try this Shrimp/Prawn Avocado Salad!). Add a drizzle of lime juice and a fresh sprinkle of coriander/cilantro so it sings with freshness, pile it onto the crunchy crostini and take a bite of heaven!

4. Mediterranean I make this a LOT because it’s the quickest to prepare! Just buy a tub of mixed antipasto and chop it. Smear ricotta on the crostini, pile on the antipasto and you’re done. You get all the free juiciness and flavour from whatever the antipasto was marinated in. It’s colourful too and looks so good. And it’s just a great way to bring together variations of flavours and textures. Incidentally, the ricotta also helps keep the topping stick to the crostini better so it doesn’t all fall off when you bite into the Crostini!

5. Strawberry and Goats Cheese with Honey You will need: Ripe strawberries, soft-style or softened goats cheese, fresh thyme leaves and honey. Fruit, spreadable cheese and honey is a classic but underrated flavour combination that you can’t go wrong with. And it looks so darn pretty!

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