If you've ever been to one of my parties, you know that I love crostini. They're my favorite appetizer and have made an appearance at virtually every event I've ever hosted. Crostini are crisp toasts topped with vegetables, meat, or cheese. I enjoy crostini because there's an endless variety of topping options; basically you can put whatever you want on them!
Although I've never come across a crostini I didn't like, I recently tasted the most sublimely simple, insanely scrumptious cheese crostini. My cousin served these heavenly bites — a combination of Parmesan, blue cheese, and garlic — at a dinner party. Don't be afraid of the blue cheese, the Parmesan cuts the pungency. To check out the recipe,
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 5 ounces)
- 3/4 cup finely crumbled blue cheese (about 3 ounces)
- 28 1/3-inch-thick diagonal bread slices cut from 2 sourdough baguettes
- Olive oil
- 3/4 cup finely chopped green onions
- Combine mayonnaise, garlic, ground pepper, and cayenne pepper in medium bowl and whisk to blend. Mix in cheeses; season with salt. Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush 1 side of each bread slice with oil. Place oiled side down on large rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake bread slices until almost golden, about 5 minutes. Spread 1 generous tablespoon cheese mixture on each bread slice on sheet.
- Bake until cheese topping starts to bubble and toasts are golden at edges, about 10 minutes.
- Transfer toasts to large platter. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and serve warm.
- Appetizers, Crostini