Not going to lie to you – this is just posh toast, but they work fantastically as appetizers or hors d’ouevres; a wonderful way to start a dinner party so the guests aren’t antsy awaiting the first real course.
Here are just a few suggestions for what you can do – not recipes so much as suggestions.
- Cut a roll into thin slices
- Toast lightly on both sides under the grill.
Fruit and Balsamic
- To make the glaze, reduce some balsamic vinegar in a frying pan. When its volume has halved, take off the heat. It will soon turn thick and sticky.
- Add fruit to the crostinis and dab over the glaze – dried apricots, peaches and fried cherry tomatoes all work brilliantly.
Pesto and Cheese
- Spread pesto over the crostini and toast for another minute or so.
- Add grated/thinly sliced cheese. I used red leicester, but really shaved parmesan would be ideal. Garnish with a basil leaf.
Paté and Chutney
- Yeah…just spread some paté then dab over a little onion chutney.
- Mix a little tomato sauce and lemon juice into mayonnaise to create a basic Marie-Rose sauce.
- Place a small lettuce leaf on the crostini, topped with 1 large or several small prawns, topped with the Marie-Rose sauce
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
- Need I say more?
Honey and Ham
- Cut the ham to roughly the side of the crostini.
- Drizzle over runny honey
- If so inclined, a few dabs of English Mustard would work well here