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.
Easy Toaster Oven Garlic Crostini
- 1 small baguette (whole wheat, multi-grain, or white)
- 1 tablespoon dried mixed italian herbs
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup olive oil
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.