Easy Toaster Oven Garlic Crostini

Crostini are super simple, versatile croutons that are perfect for your upcoming New Years party (or a quick appetizer for 2). You can top them with a sharp gouda cheese, smoked salmon, bruschetta…you name it. I love this list of crostini topping ideas from Real Simple, especially the sautéed mushrooms and herbs.

I recently made garlic crostini to accompany a hearty, spicy corn chowder (topped with crispy turkey bacon – so good!). They were the perfect item to dip in a hearty soup too. Here is a 15 minute toaster oven crostini recipe that will save you time and wow your New Years gusts. You can also double this recipe for a regular oven, and up the cook time by 2 minutes.

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Easy Toaster Oven Garlic Crostini

Ingredients:

  • 1 small baguette (whole wheat, multi-grain, or white)
  • 1 tablespoon dried mixed italian herbs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

Preheat your convection toaster oven to 350 degrees. Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices on a slight diagonal. This should make about 12 slices. Lay the slices of bread out on your small baking sheet, which should be covered in aluminum foil.  Slowly drizzle the olive oil over the bread slices. Using your hands, roll the bread around in the excess oil and make sure both sides of the bread are lightly coated. Sprinkle garlic powder and mixed herbs over the crostini.

Bake for 8 minutes or until crostini are fully crisp and a light golden brown color. Let cool and serve or store in an airtight container. Makes 12 crostini.

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Two and a half years ago, I moved into a cozy NYC apartment that had one big problem…it had no oven. I invested in a convection toaster oven and now I am living and loving toaster oven cooking. Friends and relatives are always shocked that I survive without an oven but the truth is, toaster ovens are a fabulous tool for preparing excellent meals for 1 or 2. I am not a professional chef, just a girl who is trying to get creative with a small cooking space.

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5 comments on “Easy Toaster Oven Garlic Crostini
  1. Rona says:

    Looks delicious! Can you send me the corn chowder recipe too?

  2. Claudia Vadash says:

    Dear Ilana! I like your idea of cooking in toaster oven. Even though I do have an oven in my gas range, I use it rear since it is only two of us I have to cook for. I do use my toaster oven a lot and can shear some of the recipes with you.
    Very easy one : you will need 2-3 potatoes, cut in half lengthwise. Put them in the pot, add salt to taste and boil until fork tender( don,t overcook)
    While potatoes are on your stove boiling, in a dish mix together 2Tsp of light mayo, 1-2 Tsp sour cream, 1-2 cloves of minced garlic , 1Tsp parmesan cheese and any dry herb you have.
    Spread this on each half of potatoes and place in your toaster oven at 370degrees until top lightly browns. Aroma in you apartment will make you hungry and taste guarantied . Enjoy!

    Sincerely , Claudia

  3. Katya says:

    MM garlic bread!! any given day – delicious!

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