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Looking for an easy and delicious way to feed your guests? These easy bruschetta and crostini recipes can all be made in five ingredients or less.

Not sure what the difference is between bruschetta and crostini? We asked our specialty products merchant, Ken “The Palate,” Blanchette, for the definitions:

Bruschetta, from the Italian “bruscare,” literally translates to “roast over coals,” with grilled referring to the bread, not the toppings. For Bruschetta, rather large slices of bread are grilled, rubbed with garlic, then drizzled with olive oil. They are usually topped with tomatoes and basil, though other toppings from meats to vegetables can be used.

Crostini translates to “little toasts” and are thinner, smaller slices of bread (usually from a baguette) that are always toasted then piled with various toppings, such as vegetables, savory spreads, and cheeses.

Now that you know the difference, check out Ken’s go-to sweet and savory bruschetta and crostini recipes that will definitely leave your guests asking for the recipe.

Savory Bruschetta
The Basics: Start with 1/4 ” slices of grilled or toasted European bread or rosemary loaf. Once toasted or grilled, add a generous drizzle of JUST Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Add: Lioni ricotta, sliced sun-dried tomatoes (rehydrated), and grind of black pepper.

Add: Salvatore smoked ricotta, Italian grilled peppers, and chopped basil.

Add: Slice of Paleta Iberica (or your favorite dry cured ham), and drop of JUST honey.

Add: Lioni ricotta, chopped tomatoes, basil, and a grind of salt.

Sweet Bruschetta
The Basics: Start with 1/4″ slices of grilled or toasted European bread.

Add: Salvatore ricotta mixed with Dalmatia orange fig spread. Top with strawberries, blueberries, and a dash of fig balsamic.

Add: Salvatore ricotta topped with chopped walnuts (or almonds) and JUST honey.

Add: Coach Farm fig goat cheese, drizzled fig balsamic, and garnish with mint leaves.

Add: Coach Farm pear goat cheese, blueberries, JUST honey, and garnish with mint leaves.

Savory Crostini
The Basics: Start with 1/3″ slices of toasted baguette

Add: Lioni ricotta, black pepper, and thinly sliced radish.

Add: Salvatore ricotta, thinly sliced cucumbers, and garnish with dill.

Add: Salvatore ricotta, sun-dried tomatoes (rehydrated) tossed in JUST EVOO, and a dash of Denigris 8-star balsamic vinegar.

Sweet Crostini
The Basics: Start with 1/3″ slices of toasted baguette and a healthy spoonful of ricotta

Add: Strawberries tossed in fig balsamic and garnished with mint.

Add: Orange fig spread, fine diced apricots, and almonds.

Want to make all these recipes? Shop our bruschetta and crostini Pick’s List for all our favorite ingredients.

04/23/2014 by in Easy DIY - Comments are closed

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