Savory Cheese Crostini

These are so tasty! My new favorite appetizer. I left a few variations at the bottom of the recipe, but I haven’t tried them all yet. Instead I made my crostinis as directed and then dipped them in warm marinara sauce. It was like dipping mini gourmet pizzas! This just combines my deep love of tiny food, cheesy goodness and tomato sauce. Happiness.

Tip: I’ve made these without the goat cheese and it’s still delicious with cream cheese alone! Enjoy!

Savory Cheese Crostini

Recipe courtesy Pampered Chef

24 slices French bread, cut 1/4 inch thick
2 tablespoons garlic oil or olive oil
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 (4-ounce) package goat cheese
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
1 clove garlic, pressed

1. Preheat oven to 375. Place bread slices on rectangular stone; lightly brush with oil. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown; remove from oven and cool completely.

2. In bowl, combine cream cheese, goat cheese, seasoning mix and garlic; spread over crostini. Top with topping (see below); serve.

Pesto-Almond Topping:
Top crostini with 3/4 cup prepared basil pesto; sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds.

Warm Marinara Topping:
Combine 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese and 2 T. snipped fresh parsley. Top crostini with 1 can warmed pizza sauce; sprinkle with cheese mixture.

Olive Salad Topping:
In small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sliced green olives, 16 chopped pitted kalamata olives, 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers, 2 T. snipped fresh parsley and 1 pressed garlic clove; spoon over crostini.


~ by spontaneoustruth on November 30, 2009.

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