Italian garlic crostini

Crostini are small, sliced pieces of toasted or grilled bread.  The word crostini means “small toasts” in Italian.  They are thought to originate in medieval times when it was typical for Italian peasants to eat their meals on slices of bread instead of using plates and bowls, and crostioni are originally served with different topping of chees, vegetables and meat. 

I love to bring Italian crostini for picnics, and it is also great food when you are travelling and have limited kitchen facilities. You can buy the roasted bread from the grocery store, and only need a knife and one small bowl to make the topping of your choice.

italian garlic crostini

Home made Italian garlic crostini:
– 1 baguette
– vegetable oil
– crushed garlic
– salt and pepper

Slice the baguette in thin slices and place them on a baking plate. Mix the oil and crushed garlic, and brush the bread slices with the mix. Make sure all of the bread is covered. Top with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 225⁰C for about 15 minutes, or until crispy.


Topping: Italian tomato and basil salsa
– 2 tomatoes
– fresh basil leafs
– balsamic glaze (thick and sweet)
– salt and pepper

Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze to remove the fluid, then cut in small pieces. Add chopped basil leafs and balsamic glaze to taste. Mix well, and top each bread slice with about 1 tbs of the mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Topping: Indian inspired mango salad
Mixing food inspired from different cuisines!
– 100 gram mango
– 1-2 tbs sour cream, mayonnaise or vegan yoghurt
– curry powder to taste
– fresh lemon juice
– salt and pepper

Cut the mango in small pieces. Mix all the ingredients, and add curry powder, salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Top each bread slice with 1 tbs of the mix.

About the Author Elin

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