Crostini is a great go-to because they don't take forever to make, and you can mix homemade things with purchased food to save extra time. Everything is better on a crisp little slice of bread, right?
Another easy, fancy party trick: Put the crostini on nice, festive platters for a look that's impressive but doesn't take a lot of effort.
Here are four ways to make fantastic-tasting crostini, all from Bethenny's new book "Skinnygirl Solutions."Shutterstock
Four Kick-Ass Crostini Recipes
Makes as many servings as you like - just choose how many slices of bread to use.
- Place thin bread slices on an ungreased grill or grill pan. Toast each side for 5 minutes over medium heat or broil until golden brown. (Note: Skip steps 2 and 3 if you're using the last two topping combinations listed below.)
- Remove toasts from grill and immediately rub with cut side of head of garlic. The warmth of the bread releases the garlic's aroma.
- Place toasts on a cutting board and drizzle generously with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut slices in half if they are large.
- Now for the fun part: Add toppings. Here are some ideas. There are no measurements here - just estimate and play with amounts to make as much as you need. And be creative, you don't have to stick to the recipe.
Mozzarella, Pesto, Arugula, and Parmesan
Place slices of mozzarella cheese on toasts. Drizzle with homemade or store-bought pesto. Top with arugula and shaved Parmesan cheese and season with freshly ground black pepper.
Roasted Red Peppers, Olives, and Capers
Toss together sliced roasted red peppers, pitted Kalamata olives, drained and rinsed capers, and thinly sliced garlic. Sprinkle with red-wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil; spoon onto toasts.
Prosciutto, Melon, and Balsamic Vinegar
Top dry toasts with thin slices of prosciutto and melon, such as cantaloupe (use a vegetable peeler or a mandolin for the fruit). Drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar.
Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey
Mix fresh ricotta with lemon zest and spread onto dry toasts. Add a few basil leaves and drizzle with delicate honey, such as acacia.
For four more amazing crostini recipes, check out Bethenny's new book "Skinnygirl Solutions," on sale now!
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