Simple Crostini Recipe (2024)

Learn how to make the BEST crostini bread recipe. Crispy thinly sliced bread brushed with oil and seasonings then baked until crunch.

This crostini is perfect to use with so many different toppings, making it a great appetizer.

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Appetizers are always a hit for parties or when together for game day! Serve the crostini alongside air fryer wings, the popular buffalo chicken dip, or even our creamy hot crab dip.


This crostini recipe is such a simple and delicious recipe that is great to go along with appetizers or the popular charcuterie boards, or just as toast for dinner. The brushed seasoned oil brings the baguette crunch, SO GOOD!

What is Crostini: Crostini in Italian means little toasts. Thin slices of toasted bread that are brushed with olive oil and baked.

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This crostini bread recipe is so easy and you are going to LOVE how fast everything comes together!

  1. Prep oven– Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut bread– Slice the baguette into ½ inch thick slices.
  3. Make oil mixture– In a bowl, combine the oil, salt, pepper, garlic
  4. Spread bread– Add the bread sliced onto a baking sheet.
  5. Brush bread– Brush the tops of the bread pieces with the oil mixture using a pastry brush.
  6. Bake– Bake until lightly golden and crispy.
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Bake time-

Though the time and temperature may easily be adjusted when baking crostini, we highly recommend you keep the sliced the same thickness for even cooking.

  • 350 degrees: 10-12 minutes
  • 375 degrees: 7-9 minutes
  • 400 degrees: 6-8 minutes

Chef’s tip: All ovens are different as are the bread loaves, just keep an eye on the bread toward the end of the bake time.

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Storing crostini-

We love crostini when they are fresh and crispy. You can however store cooled crostini for up to 4 days tightly covered in the pantry.

  • Bake or toast the crostini for a few minutes before serving to get the bread its crispiness.
  • Freeze the crostini for months, then just reheat before serving.


These crostini are so versatile and may be served in so many different ways, especially popular to add to your charcuterie board.

  • Crostini toppings– Add toppings like you would on avocado toast.
  • With dip– Serve with a dip like our shrimp dip or jalapeno popper dip.
  • Side to an entree– Serve with an alfredo pasta or dip with buttered cod.
  • With appetizers– Perfect with appetizers like the Smoked Salmon Appetizer or the Cranberry Brie.
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What bread should I use?

You want to use white baguette bread or good quality crusty bread.

Can I use stale bread?

Fresh or stale bread will both work the same as the bread slices are toasted.

Do I need to flip my toast when baking?

You don’t need to flip the bread when baking.

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Other bread appetizers-

  • Soft Pretzel Recipes
  • Veggie Pizza
  • Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
  • Chicken Flatbread Pizza
  • Hot Seafood Appetizers
  • Spinach Crescent Ring
  • Ham and Cheese Sliders

Simple Crostini Recipe

Author: Valentina

Learn how to make the BEST crostini bread recipe. Crispy thinly sliced bread brushed with oil and seasonings then baked until crunch.

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes minutes

Servings: 20 slices


US CustomaryMetric


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 9×13 baking sheet.

  • Slice the baguette into 1/2" inch thick slices. Add the crostini slices onto the baking sheet.

  • In a bowl, combine the oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. With a pastry brush, brush the bread slices with the oil mixture.

  • Bake at 400°F for about 6-8 minutes or until the bread is crispy and golden.


58kcal Calories6g Carbs1g Protein3g Fat1g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat2g Monounsaturated Fat106mg Sodium15mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar1IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C10mg Calcium1mg Iron

  • Full Nutrition Label

Nutrition Facts

Simple Crostini Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 58Calories from Fat 27

% Daily Value*

Fat 3g5%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 2g

Sodium 106mg5%

Potassium 15mg0%

Carbohydrates 6g2%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 1IU0%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 10mg1%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American, Italian

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  • Simple Crostini Recipe (9)

    • wanda

    Easy and tasty. A winning combination! Thanks

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    • Simple Crostini Recipe (10)

      • Valentina’s Corner

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the crostini recipe.

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    • Baker

    These are so perfect for so many applications! My kids love to eat these just as they are – like crackers or garlic bread. But I love to dip crostinis in marinara, hummus, and buffalo chicken dip! Yum! Super easy recipe. Great way to make an easy, cheap, but impressive (oooh! so fancy!) addition to your appetizer plate!

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    • Simple Crostini Recipe (12)

      • Valentina’s Corner

      That’s just wonderful, Baker. Thanks so much for trying our recipe.

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    • Beth

    These crostini sound so delicious and are perfect for the soup I just made tonight for dinner! So excited to make these.

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    • Simple Crostini Recipe (14)

      • Valentina’s Corner

      That sounds wonderful, Beth. I hope you enjoy the easy crostini recipe.

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Simple Crostini Recipe (2024)


What is the rule of thumb for adding crostini toppings? ›

The bread can be toasted a few hours in advance of serving. I would not recommend adding the toppings until 10-15 minutes before serving. This way, the bread won't get soggy from the toppings. If you are planning a party where guests will be arriving at different times, you can always make a crostini bar.

What bread is crostini made from? ›

Crostini is Italian for toasts. These simple toasts are generally made with sliced white bread, brushed with olive oil, and lightly toasted until crisp. Once toasted, crostini are ready to top with all kinds of fresh, grilled, or roasted vegetables, creamy spreads, cheese, fruit, sliced meats, and more.

What is a good bread substitute for crostini? ›

Thick, round slices of apples make a quick and crispy alternative to bread. They pair well with cheese, slices of beef, herb yogurt spreads, and even a simple drizzle of honey. Best of all, they can be prepared ahead of time or right when your friends arrive.

How do you keep crostini from getting hard? ›

To avoid hard crostini, don't overcook the bread slices. They should be crisp on the outside edges but still just slightly tender in the middle. If your crostini seem a bit too hard, put the toppings on a bit in advance. The topping will soften the crostini.

What happens if crostini toppings are too wet? ›

BUT, if you're serving a larger portion of crostini--a plated one that requires a fork and knife to eat--go ahead and pile on the goods. Wet topping = soggy bread. Use a slotted spoon when working with a wet topping (tomatoes, etc.) so that extra liquid is left behind.

What's the difference between crostini and bruschetta? ›

Crostini is usually toasted because the bread is much smaller and thinner than bruschetta. Therefore, not much is required to get the bread to a crispy level. For bruschetta, the main method of choice is grilling. After all, bruschetta is derived from the Italian word meaning “to roast over coals”!

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