Quick, Easy -N- Fast Recipes Crostini Appetizers Recipe

These toppings can be prepared ahead for quick assembly.

Crostini: Slice 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 min.). Turn; continue broiling until golden brown (1 1/2-2 min.). Remove to wire rack to cool. Store in airtight container up to 5 days. Amount: 55 slices.

Mozzarella Topping: In small bowl, combine 1 cup fancy shred mozzarella cheese, 8 sundried tomatoes in olive oil and herbs, drained, chopped and 2 tbsp. sliced green onions. Spoon 2-3 tsp. on each crostini. Bake in a preheated 400F. oven until cheese melts (5-7 min.). Amount: 24-36 crostini.

Bacon Cheddar Topping: 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 tbsp. sliced green onions. Spoon 2-3 tsp. on each crostini. Bake in a preheated 400F. oven until cheese melts (5-7 min.). Amount: 20-30 crostini.

Spinach Topping: Spoon 2-3 tsp. Spinach Dip on each crostini. Sprinkle with fancy shred Parmesan cheese. Bake in a preheated 400F. oven until slightly browned on top (5-7 min.). Amount: 40-55 crostini.

Cheesy Artichoke Topping: In medium bowl, combine 1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained, diced, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1 (4 oz.) pkg. shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tbsp. chopped hot red jalapeno peppers and 1/2 tsp. minced garlic. Spoon 2-3 tsp. on each crostini. Bake in a preheated 400F. oven until cheese melts (5-7 min.). Amount: 40-55 crostini.

Caramelized Onion and Roasted Pepper Topping: In medium skillet, melt 2 tbsp. butter. Saut 1 small onion, sliced until translucent (about 10 min.). Stir in 1 cup chopped roasted red pepper. Spoon about 1 tbsp. on each crostini. Sprinkle with crumbled Stilton cheese. Bake in a preheated 400F. oven until cheese melts (5-7 min.).

Amount: 16 crostini.

    

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