Simple Crostini Topper Recipes

With the Holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking gifts.

And parties.

So to help you out, I am going to share two full weeks of Holiday Recipes, Gift Ideas, and LOADS of GIVEAWAYS with you!

To kick off this festive Holiday Gift Guide, I am going to show you two great gift ideas, and three Simple Crostini Topper Recipes.

What is a crostini?

They are simply little toasts topped with various sorts of deliciousness. Since they are so small, the toppings have to pack a punch.

I took a few of my favorite flavors and made an out of this world party platter combo.

Don’t you just love this Pfaltzgraff three section divided serving dish? It’s the perfect way to present your gorgeous appetizers to your holiday guests. Pair that with a matching serving platter and you’re set to party! {hint: I’m giving the set away below!}

These are great hostess gifts, and perfect for those who love to party. The beautiful Scarlett Pattern is perfect for the holidays and also subtle enough for entertaining all year long.

Let’s get back to the crostinis…

Grab a baguette from the store and slice them thin and at a slight angle.

Now you’ll brush them with olive oil.

But wait!

You have a TON of little toasts, and brushing each and every one can be time consuming.

So why brush when you can spray?!

With the Misto you can use your favorite type of olive oil to evenly spray on just the right amount. It’s a perfect way to coat skillets, top salads, and prep veggies for the grill. {double hint: I’m giving one of these away too}

After you spray your little toasts with olive oil, sprinkle them with some salt and bake till golden brown and crisp.

While the bread is toasting, you can quickly whip up these tiny toast toppers.

Each one is no more than 4 ingredients, and comes together in no time.

The first topper is a mixture of Avocado, Cilantro, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and a little sea salt. It’s basically the filling to my Avocado Egg Rolls. The ripe avocados and sun dried tomatoes pair perfectly to make a creamy topping to the crisped bread.

Next is the favorite among my family. It’s an odd combination, but the Pomegranate, Blue Cheese and Pine Nuts come together to make a delicious pop in your mouth. The blue cheese brings that smokey and rich texture while the pomegranate has that tart punch that contrasts with the cheese so well. You could toast the pine nuts, or leave them plain, either way tastes great.

The last of the trio is a Caprese Topper. It’s simple with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, sliced Basil and a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze over top. It’s a fresh and tasty topping that everyone loves.

These are great appetizers for all those holiday parties coming up. It brings everyone close together while they are topping their toasts and the conversation alive.

So if you have someone on your list {which can include you} who loves to throw parties, then consider buying the Pfaltzgraff Scarlett 3 Section Oval Tray (on Amazon for just $19.99) and the Pfaltzgraff Scarlett Rectangular Tray (on Amazon for just $29.99).

If you’re looking the perfect stocking stuffer, then you need to check out the Misto Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer. It’s perfect for those who love to cook, and totally budget friendly (only $9.98 on Amazon).

Or you can try your luck and win all three in my GIVEAWAY!{Giveaway Now Closed}

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Here are the recipes for the Crostini Toppers…

Avocado & Sun Dried Tomato Topper

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, sliced thin at a slight angle
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes packed in Olive Oil, drained
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • olive oil
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 415 degrees F.
  2. Line sliced bread on a baking sheet and spray/brush evenly with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes or until bread is crisp and golden brown.
  4. Remove the avocado from the skin and seed. Cut into small pieces and place in a bowl. Slice the sun dried tomatoes into small pieces and add to the bowl. Add the cilantro and season with sea salt to taste. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve the mix on top of the toasted bread.
  6. Enjoy!
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Pomegranate and Blue Cheese Topper

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, sliced thin and at a slight angle
  • 1 pomegranate, arils removed
  • 1 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • olive oil
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 415 degrees F.
  2. Line sliced bread on a baking sheet and spray/brush evenly with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes or until bread is crisp and golden brown.
  4. Combine the pomegranate, blue cheese and pine nuts in a bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Serve on top of toasted bread.
  6. Enjoy!
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Fresh Caprese Crostini Topper

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, sliced thin and at a slight angle.
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup fresh Mozzarella pearls
  • 6-7 fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin strips
  • Balsamic Glaze (I got mine from Trader Joes)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 415 degrees F.
  2. Line sliced bread on a baking sheet and spray/brush evenly with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes or until bread is crisp and golden brown.
  4. Combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves in a bowl and stir to combine. Drizzle the Balsamic Glaze over the top of the mixture right before you serve it.
  5. Serve on top of the toasted bread.
  6. Enjoy!
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Be sure to come back all this week and next week for even more gift ideas and more giveaways! Check out my Holiday Gift Guide for a sneak peek at what’s to come!

disclaimer: Lifetime Brands provided me and is providing the winner with the Misto, and the Pfaltzgraff platters. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Comments

  1. I especially love the 3 section tray, but I’d love all 3. :)

  2. I LOVE this idea, Shawn! Especially because 1) I LOVE crostinis. Like a lot. And 2) because my mom and I are having a party on Saturday and these would be perfect!! The pomegranate one looks DELISH!

  3. I find the pomegranate one very interesting! I’m not a huge basil or avacado fan, so the others aren’t as appealing for me, but the bluecheese and pinenuts and pomegranate is a very interesting combo. :)

  4. I love this idea — your crostinis look awesome!!

  5. Love these different toppings! Those serving trays are great!

  6. I’d like to have the Misto Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer. It would be perfect

  7. I’d love to have the Misto!

  8. I’ve been wanting one of those misters for a long time. What a great giveaway.

  9. I like it all, but I really like how the oval tray has dividers

  10. Love the 3 section tray, perfect for parties!

  11. Yummy I had this and it was yummy

  12. How delicious! I love the platters, especially the divided one!

  13. Amanda Thompson says:

    The Misto is really cool!

  14. What a wonderful giveaway! Those trays are beautiful and would be perfect for entertaining this holiday season! I just love the recipes you posted, too! They all sound so yummy! Thank you!

    My favorite out of the three items is the Misto olive oil spritzer. How neat is that?! Such a nice gadget.

    Thank you for the opportunity and hosting this giveaway.

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  15. I like the Pfaltzgraff Scarlett Rectangular Tray

  16. The blue cheese pomegranate looks DIVINE – I’m a big fan of sweet & salty!.

  17. Shawn, if you weren’t already married, I would propose on the spot. Last night I, the early planner, was trying to come up with the menu for our annual Christmas party. I was bummed that not only did I want to do more than one type, I dreaded the assembly of last year. This idea is great!

  18. I am soooooo curious about this pomegranate and blue cheese topping! It sounds amazing, something I wish I would have thought of!

  19. I’ve always wanted a Misto sprayer.

  20. Those crostini toppings are such a beautiful color combination for the holidays! I love the one with pomegranate and blue cheese, so unique :)

  21. The tray and dish are quite lovely, but I NEED the Misto sprayer!!!

  22. the pomegranate/blue cheese/pine nut topping sounds heavenly! would have never thought to put those ingredients together :)

  23. I love the oval tray. I can’t wait to try the pomegranate & blue cheese recipe!

  24. What a great kitchen gadget!!!

  25. The oval tray is beautiful :)

  26. I love all of these ideas, Shawn! This is perfect for last-minute hors d’oeuvres for holiday parties.

  27. Love this idea. I love both the platters..:)

  28. I’ve had a Misto for many years, and love it. The platters are pretty, and I’m definitely going to try the pomegranate-blue cheese-pine nut crostini!

  29. I like the three section oval tray!

  30. I love that Misto Olive Oil Sprayer. It’s one of those things I’ve been wanting to pick up but somehow never get around to doing it!

  31. I love the divided serving dish! What a great giveaway – thanks! :)

  32. I would love to have the platters!! They are gorgeous and I love Phalzgraff stuff! The three section one would really help me during the holidays and look so pretty on my table! Thank you!!

  33. barbara n says:

    I love the Pfaltzgraff three section divided serving dish – so pretty and so versatile!

  34. I love the serving dish! It is beautiful!

  35. This looks amazing. I love pomegranates and this is such an innovative way to showcase them!

  36. By the way, my favorite product is the misto spray. So convenient!

  37. I love the three section divided dish.

  38. Dorothy Cheek says:

    I like the divided dish. How convenient for serving.

  39. Carly Trythall says:

    I love the oval dish that has the dividers! You know how much I despise my food touching! This would be incredible for holiday parties!

  40. Elizabeth says:

    I love the 3 section tray!

  41. The Misto looks really cool! This looks so delicious!

  42. I like the trays!

  43. Love the 3-section platter!

  44. I love the three section tray! That is very nice to be able to keep things seperate from each other!

  45. Thanks for posting this! It’s a great idea of Thanksgiving apps, and I love anything with avocado in it!

  46. The pomegranate/bleu cheese topper sounds DELICIOUS!

  47. The Misto Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer would sure save me some calories. Great product.

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