Crostini Three Ways with Curtis Stone

From a big family breakfast to a quick lunch while watching a game or enjoying a glass of wine with my wife Lindsay before dinner, I love starter dishes that can get any occasion off to a strong start. Delicious golden toasts, also known as crostini, are the perfect appetizers for any time of day. You can top them with whatever ingredients sound really tempting to you, from spicy to sweet.

These three easy recipes will be sure to wow your guests, whether that be during a midday meet up, or an evening dinner party.

crostini recipe with berries

Melted Berries & Ricotta Crostini

Begin your day on a super sweet note by topping a delicious and buttery crostini with a maple-kissed strawberry and raspberry topping. This cheffed-up version of toast with jam features fresh berries that are plump, juicy and bursting with flavor. The warm toasts make a great match to the berries since they soak up all of their syrupy juices.

Serves 4

Ingredients

3 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
12 baguette bread slices
8 ounces fresh strawberries, halved
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
8 ounces fresh raspberries
Whole milk ricotta (optional)

Steps

1. Preheat broiler. Spread butter over one side of each slice of bread. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and broil for 3 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and crisp.

2. Meanwhile, heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add strawberries, maple syrup, and zest and cook for 2 minutes, or until berries soften just slightly and begin to release enough juice to form a syrup. Don’t let berries cook too long, or they will become mushy and lose their beautiful shape. Remove pan from heat and fold in raspberries.

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3. Spoon ricotta atop crostini, if desired. Spoon warm berry mixture over crostini and serve immediately.

Fresh Tomato & Almond Cheese Crostini

Tomato toast anyone? This savory tomato crostini is my version! It’s one of my favorites to serve alongside a big, fresh, mixed green salad for a light, simple lunch. With bold, bright flavors, these crostini also make the perfect hors d’oeuvre.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 lemon
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 baguette bread slices
2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup soft creamy almond cheese or soft goat cheese
2 cups small cherry tomatoes (assorted colors), halved
Micro basil or small fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Steps

1. Grate zest from lemon into a small bowl. Squeeze 2 tablespoons of juice from lemon into bowl with zest. Whisk in shallots. Gradually whisk in 2 tablespoons of oil and season vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

2. Brush baguette slices with remaining 1/4 cup of oil. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and broil for about 2 minutes per side, or until toasted.

3. Rub garlic cloves over warm crostini and then spread cheese over crostini.

4. Toss tomatoes with lemon vinaigrette and spoon tomatoes over crostini.

5. Sprinkle with salt, garnish with basil, and enjoy!

Crostini recipe with mushrooms

Fresh Mushroom and Chives Crostini

This delicious and beautiful vegetarian mushroom crostini makes a gorgeous dinner starter your family and guests will absolutely love.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup olive oil
Two 8-ounce maitake mushrooms, cleaned, torn into small clusters
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 baguette bread slices
4 tablespoons butter
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh chives

Steps

1. Combine garlic and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small bowl.

2. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup oil and mushrooms to skillet and sauté for about 6 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender and golden brown. Reduce heat to low.

3. Drizzle garlic mixture around mushrooms and cook for about 1 minute, or until garlic is golden. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Brush baguette slices with remaining 1/4 cup oil. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and broil for about 2 minutes per side, or until toasted.

5. Spoon mushroom mixture atop crostini.

6. Add butter and thyme to skillet and cook until beginning to foam. Spoon foam over mushrooms. Garnish with chives and serve.

Whether it’s a sweet first course for breakfast, lunch, or a savory finish to the evening, my three recipes above make a delicious pairing for any meal. Another cool tip? The Bosch Induction Cooktop made preparing these fresh, simple recipes even more effortless- check out some of it’s cool key features here.

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