Crostini Appetizers

These toppings can be prepared ahead for quick assembly.

Directions

Bacon Cheddar Topping:
  1. In small bowl, combine 4 slices microwave bacon, cooked, crumbled, 1 cup fancy shred sharp Cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 Roma tomato, seeded, chopped and 1 tablespoon sliced green onions. Spoon 2 to 3 teaspoons on each crostini. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven until cheese melts (5 to 7 minutes). Amount: 20-30 crostini.
Crostini:
  1. Sice 1 baguette French bread into 1/4" slices. Using 1/3 cup olive oil, brush both sides of all slices. Arrange on baking sheet. Preheat broiler; broil 6" from heat source until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Turn; continue broiling until golden brown (1 1/2 to 2 minutes.) Remove to wire rack to cool. Store in airtight container up to 5 days. Amount: 55 slices.
Caramelized Onion and Roasted Pepper Topping:
  1. In medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Saute 1 small onion, sliced, until translucent (about 10 minutes). Stir in 1 cup chopped roasted red pepper. Spoon about 1 tablespoon on each crostini. Sprinkle with crumbled Stilton cheese. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven until cheese melts (5 to 7 minutes).
Cheesy Artichoke Topping:
  1. In medium bowl, combine 1 (14 oonce) can artichoke hearts, drained, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1 (4 ounce) package shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons chopped hot red jalapeno peppers and 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic. Spoon 2 to 3 teaspoons on each crostini. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven until cheese melts (5 to 7 minutes). Amount: 40-55 crostini.
Mozzarella Topping:
  1. In small bowl, combine 1 cup fancy shred mozzarella cheese, 8 sundried tomatoes in olive oil and herbs, drained, chopped and 2 tablespoons sliced green onions. Spoon 2 to 3 teaspoons on each crostini. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven until cheese melts (5 to 7 minutes). Amount: 24-36 crostini.
Spinach Topping:
  1. Spoon 2 to 3 teaspoons spinach dip on each crostini. Sprinkle with fancy shred Parmesan cheese. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven until slightly browned on top (5 to 7 minutes). Amount: 40-55 crostini.
* Recipes created for given quantity. Changes to quantities are for planning purposes only and have not been tested.