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Easy Crostini

by Adrianne

Easy Crostini is a simple recipe that works for a quick appetizer. With no limit to bread topping ideas like our Rocket and Cashew Pesto, fuss free for crostini canapes will be the talk of the town! 

Crostini with tapenade on a white background with dip bowl top centre

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Assorted Crostini toppings

Olive recipes like our Artichoke Olive Tapenade, Easy Green Olive Tapenade, Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade and Olive Tapenade all work perfect for crostini canapes and are simple to pull together! 

Make these little toasts in advance and simply pop on the table when guests arrive! 

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This crostini recipe is simple and easy. Try it with the Labneh dip for a delicious snack! 

Here you can learn the basics of how to make crostini (including how to make it ahead of time) and then let your imagine run wild with topping ideas! 

Serve with tapenade, cheese, dips or spreads, there are so many possibilities


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Can crostini be made ahead of time?

One of the joys of crostini is that it can be made ahead of time! You can make this recipe the day before and store it in a sealed container. Then means that when you are plating your appetizers, you can take it out and have it ready to go! 

The toasted bread will stay crispy and crunchy delicious. On the day prepare the crostini with your chosen toppings or simply have them on a plate ready to go with small dip sized bowls of toppings so guests can pick and choose what they want! 

With different recipes and ingredient combinations, it is an easy popular choice when entertaining guests. 

Can Crostini be served cold?

Crostini can be served cold making another reason why it is so easy! 

If you make it ahead of time and then serve it with a topping such as a tapenade it will be a room temperature appetizer. This will save you time not only through not having to cook this on the day, but also because you can simply top the crostini and plate it for serving. 

Switch it up and pop the Crostini on a Dip Platter instead of dips and crackers. 

What is the difference between Crostini and Brushcetta?

Crostini and Brushcetta are very similar in that they are both bread topping based recipes.

The main difference between the 2 is their size. Crostini is most commonly made from a long bread stick known as a baguette. Brushcetta on the other hand, is often made from a larger loaf of bread like sourdough or turkish bread. 

Crostini is popularly used as an appetizer where as brushcetta is more often used for breakfast or breakfast and much more rarely as an appetizer. 

Baguette cut into slices for baguette

Appetizers using baguettes 

The main ingredient you need for this recipe is a baguette. You can easily pick one up at your local grocery store or bakery. 

The ingredients for easy crostini are shown in the photo below:

Ingredients for crostini with text labels

As you can see we need:

  • a baguette (also known as a bread stick)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder (SO much faster than rubbing with a garlic clove!) 
  • olive oil 

Using garlic powder is another reason why this crostini recipe is so easy! 

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How to easily make Crostini

The recipe can be broken down into 8 steps. These are shown in the photos below:

Method steps for making crostini with text overlay

  1. Combine olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder (Photos 1-4)

Use a little whisk to mix the ingredients for the seasoned oil as they will combine consistently

Process shots for making crostini with text overlay

  • use a knife to cut the baguette into 2 cm (approx) slices  (photo 5)
  • lay the bread slices out side by side on a lined baking tray (photo 6)
  • use a pastry brush to coat one side of the bread with seasoned oil (photo 7)
  • bake the crostini for 10 – 15 mins or till crunchy and golden (photo 8)

Easy Crostini quick info:

About the recipe:

  • we use 1 baguette for the recipe
  • garlic powder is an easy ingredient to add flavour
  • this is a versatile recipe for entertaining
  • the recipe uses only 5 ingredients! 

FAQs about Easy Crostini

  1. the baguette in the photos is a simple white bread stick
  2. we save time by using garlic powder for flavour 
  3. You can prepare this in advance, keep the crostini in an air tight container
  4. Top with cheese, meat, tomatoes, tapenade or whatever you like! 

Your quick questions answered:

  1. This recipe is super FAST
  2. The crostini has a slightly salty garlic taste (it is good!) 
  3. It is best to stir or whisk the seasoning oil ingredients together for a well rounded paste
  4. A pastry brush is an easy way to coat the individual bread slices
  5. You can make vegetarian or vegan topping ideas easily! 
  6. This is a SUPER EASY recipe

Crostini on white bak0ing paper fresh from the oven

Expert tips:

This is what I have learnt:

  • I recommend reheating the crostini for a couple of mins in the oven if prepared in advance
  • Your baguette may have natural holes from the bread making process, buy 2 to be prepared!
  • Stir the seasoned oil mix just before using so that the garlic and salt are mixed in well
  • Freeze tapenade in advance for a super easy crostini topping that will take mins to bring together!

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You might need a few more recipes for further inspiration:

  1. Grazing Platter (to feed a crowd)
  2. Baked Chicken Meatballs (with homemade satay sauce)
  3. Mini Quiches (12 different ways)
  4. Baked Brie with garlic
  5. Coconut Prawns (with 2 different dipping sauces)
  6. Cob Loaf (with a cheesy spinach dip)

Crostini served on a chopping board with small bowl of olive tapenade

Use a bread knife if you have one as it is easier to cut through the outer crispy edge of the baguette. 

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Crostini on a white plate with some plain and 1 with tapenade topping

A few goodies that are ideal for this recipe:

 Flat Baking Tray Mini Whisks Pastry Brush 

Crostini with on a white plate with small bowl of tapenade at the top

Easy Crostini

Easy Crostini is a simple recipe that works for a quick appetizer.They can be made fuss free for crostini canapes that will be the talk of the town!   
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: crostini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 83kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Baking tray
  • Bread knife
  • Pastry Brush
  • Mini whisk


Easy Crostini

  • 1 baguette Note 1
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder Note 2


Easy Crostini

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5
  • Combine olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a small jug, use a whisk or mini form to stir together.
  • Use a bread knife to cut the baguette into 2cm pieces
  • Lay grease proof paper onto a flat baking tray
  • Use a pastry brush to coat one side of each bread slice with the seasoned oil Note 3
  • Bake for 10 - 15 mins until the bread is crunchy and golden
  • Serve with your favourite toppings such as tapenade, cheese, meats or vegetable combinations.



  • Note 1 You can get baguette's in a variety of types. Choose from white, wholemeal or tiger which has a pattern on top. 
  • Note 2 You will be able to find garlic powder in the cooking aisle of the supermarket, with the dried herbs and spices. It is a super handy and convenient ingredients for tons of recipes that need garlic.   
  • Note 3 When coating your individual pieces with the seasoned oil, go right to the edges of the bread to get the whole piece nice and crispy! 


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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Once you have made this recipe, you will wonder where it has been all of your life and how you need to try it with every single topping you can think of! I am feeling a crostini party is needed to celebrate ASAP!

This one is easy with no fuss entertaining in mind. 

I have you covered with simple crostini, so you can grab a glass of wine and enjoy the party too! 

Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below. 

Adrianne xx


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Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy March 21, 2020 - 9:53 am

5 stars
Looks like the perfect appetizer for when you have a crowd of guests coming over for dinner.

Adrianne March 21, 2020 - 10:13 am

Thanks Charla! My thoughts exactly. Have a good weekend.

Jacqueline Meldrum March 21, 2020 - 12:10 pm

5 stars
I’ve not made crostini for such a long time. You have put me totally in the mood. Thanks for your tips too.

Adrianne March 21, 2020 - 8:37 pm

No worries Jacqueline!! Love your feedback, thanks!

Marie-Charlotte Chatelain March 21, 2020 - 1:16 pm

5 stars
Such great precise instructions! I always wing it when making crostini but the results are often mediocre at best ! This is aweseome!

Adrianne March 21, 2020 - 8:38 pm

That is good to hear. Thanks Marie-Charlotte for commenting!!

Amy March 21, 2020 - 1:44 pm

5 stars
I love how customisable crostini is, it makes it the perfect party recipe!

Adrianne March 21, 2020 - 8:42 pm

Absolutely Amy! Cheers

Julia March 21, 2020 - 2:15 pm

Crostini are so easy to make and they can be turned into so many tasty appetizers. Delicious!

Adrianne March 21, 2020 - 8:48 pm

Cheers Julia, yes indeed!


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